Monday, March 19, 2007
A completely satisfying meal
While literally freezing at the peace march on Saturday, HS conceived our Saturday night meal. He asked for "tofu cutlets," which I interpreted to mean double-sesame pan-fried tofu. Additionally, he requested brown rice and garlic green beans. After thawing ourselves for several hours, we sat down to a delicious meal. When I'm cooking vegan, I sometimes feel like something (dairy) is missing, but that was not the case on Saturday night.
1 block firm or extra-firm tofu (if you can find garlic & onion flavored, buy it)
3 tablespoons tahini
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1-2 tablespoons hot water
Dash of hot sauce
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup bread crumbs
Peanut or vegetable oil for frying
Press the tofu for about an hour (put the tofu on a plate, put another plate on top, put a book on top of that plate, and empty out the water that the tofu exudes). Cut the tofu in half along the middle of the block, then cut each half into quarters, giving a total of 8 squares. Put the tahini, soy sauce, hot sauce, and 1TB hot water in a small bowl and stir. Add more hot water if needed to obtain a consistency similar to a milkshake (mmm, milkshake). In another bowl, mix together the sesame seeds and bread crumbs. Add to a frying pan enough oil to cover the bottom and turn the heat to medium.
Use a pastry brush to paint each tofu square with the tahini mixture. Plop each square in the bread crumb mixture, completely coating all sides of the tofu. When the oil has heated up, place the coated tofu squares in the oil and pan-fry on both sides.