Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tofu "Bacon"

I can't believe I haven't posted this yummy recipe yet. It makes awesome sandwiches. It's a little strong to eat by itself, though it's tasty that way too. If you want it less salty, you can cut back on the Braggs a little bit.

Slice in ⅛ inch slices:

1 pound extra-firm tofu, pressed as dry as possible

Arrange on baking sheets in a single layer and set aside. Mix the following ingredients for the marinade:

6 Tbsp. Braggs

2 Tbsp. Maple syrup

2 Tbsp. Yeast flakes

2 tsp. Oil

1 tsp. Liquid smoke flavoring

Lay tofu on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Spoon marinade evenly over all tofu strips. (Optional: Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 to 24 hours to marinate.)

Preheat oven to 400º. Bake 11 minutes. Turn over and bake 11 minutes on the second side. The “bacon” will crisp further as it cools.

The thinner you slice the tofu, the more it becomes crispy like bacon. But if you can’t get it that thinly sliced, it still tastes just as good!

Shepherd's Pie

I have been busy working and haven't had much time to cook recently, but I thought I'd share this recipe with you until I have time to try something new. It takes a bit of time, but it's so worth it.

Freeze solid:

1 pound firm tofu

Thaw and crumble tofu, then proceed with recipe.

For tofu mixture, sauté until onions are soft:

1 large onion, chopped

2 Tbsp. oil

¼ tsp. thyme

½ tsp. coriander

Then add:

Crumbled tofu from above

½ cup walnuts, toasted and chopped

Tbsp. lemon juice

2 Tbsp. Braggs

Cook for 5-10 minutes.

For mashed potatoes, boil until soft:

4 medium potatoes

Drain, saving water, and mash with the following to taste:

Unsweetened soy milk


For gravy, sauté 3-4 minutes:

2 cans (10 ounces) mushrooms, drained

2 Tbsp. oil

Then add:

3 Tbsp. Braggs

cups potato water

Simmer 2 minutes. Then add the following mixture:

2 Tbsp. cornstarch

½ cup water

Simmer until thickened.

Place tofu mixture in the bottom of a 3 quart baking dish. Pour mushroom gravy over and then spread the potatoes on top. Bake @ 400˚ for 20 minutes or until golden.