Saturday, November 21, 2009
Ro and Ree love tofu, unfortunately their mama is a crappy cook and doesn't know the first thing about making good tofu... Heh. Usually I buy the medium firm stuff, cube it, then toss it in some broth and call it "soup." Yeah... not so imaginative, huh? The other day I decided to get all wild and crazy and try to make that yummy fried tofu that we get in restaurants. But first, I don't know what it's called, and second, I was kind of overwhelmed by all the different tofu recipes online. Finally I just picked one at random and had at it. Here's the one I (attempted) to make: Crispy Fried Tofu Ingredients: 1 block firm or extra firm tofu 3 tbsp nutritional yeast 2 tbsp flour 2 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 2 tbsp olive oil Preparation: Slice the tofu into 1/2 inch cubes. In a small bowl (or a zip-lock bag), combine the tofu with the remaining ingredients, except the oil, and toss gently to coat the tofu well. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat and add the tofu. Cook for 4 to 6 minutes, turning occasionally, until golden brown and lightly crispy. (I also sauted some mushrooms in a separate pan and threw them in near the end.) Ok, "attempted" is really the operative word here. It didn't turn out quite like I had envisioned: a little too heavy on the garlic taste, the coating really didn't stick to the tofu very well, and it took FOREVER to get even slightly brown and crispy. I didn't have any of that "nutritional yeast" stuff, so maybe that was the problem? Who knows. It was alright, but not great by any means... So what did I do wrong? More importantly, does anyone have any other great tofu recipes to share? Ro and Ree thank you in advance.