Monday, February 13, 2012

Crispy breaded tofu

I'm always a little wary about tofu recipes. Sometimes they're too floppy and tofu-y. These do taste like tofu- but crispy breaded tofu! They were really tasty with some BBQ sauce and a side of sweet potato fries. I got the recipe from "Oh She Glows". The spices on these really complement the sweet in the sweet potato fries.


1 package extra firm tofu, drained and pressed for 20 minutes
1/2 cup almond milk (or other milk)
1 Tbs cornstarch
1/3 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
scant 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne powder (for a kick of heat)
1/4 tsp onion powder

1. Press tofu: rinse the tofu with water and place a couple kitchen towels on the counter. Wrap the tofu with another towel, place another towel on top, and finally several heavy cookbooks on top. Let sit for at least 20 minutes to soak out the water.

2. Meanwhile, whisk together the milk and cornstarch in a shallow dish. In another bowl, mix together the cornmeal, breadcrumbs, salt and spices. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 400ºF and grease a baking sheet with oil. I lined it with aluminum foil and then greased the foil instead.

3. Slice tofu into 8-9 strips, lengthwise, depending on how thick you want it. With one hand dip the tofu strip into the milk mixture and then into the cornmeal/breadcrumb mixture. Use a different hand for each so your fingers don't get clumpy. Coat both sides of the tofu entirely and then place on baking sheet. Repeat with each slice.

4. Bake tofu on middle rack for 20 minutes, then flip the tofu pieces and bake for another 15-20 minutes until crispy.

I bet you could fry these and they'd be even tastier- not as healthy but tasty! Serve these with some organic ketchup or BBQ sauce and sweet potato fries. Enjoy!

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