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Macadamia nut crusted tofu

Discussion in 'Vegetarian Diet Forum' started by Walking Girl, Jan 11, 2020.

  1. Walking Girl

    Walking Girl Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    As requested by Little Bird :)

    1 (14-ounce) firm tofu, drained and dried. I give it a quick press of an hour or two, though the original recipe does not call for it.

    Marinade:

    1/4 cup mirin
    2 Tablespoons soy sauce
    1 Tablespoon toasted sesame oil (you can sub any oil, or skip it, but the toasted sesame is particularly good.)
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    1 Tablespoon minced ginger

    Flax Gel

    2 Tablepoons ground flax meal
    4 Tablsepoons water

    Breading

    1/2 cup ground macadamia nuts - the original recipe calls for finely ground, I leave it a little chunky not a fine flour. You could use any nut, really.
    1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
    1/8 cup nutritional yeast
    2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
    Salt & pepper, to taste
    You can also change up the flavors and add any spice profile - I’ve added smoked paprika, and basil - not at the same time.

    Slice tofu into ¼” thick slabs. Lay in a single layer in a baking dish.

    Combine all Marinade ingredients in a bowl. Pour over tofu and allow to marinate for 30 minutes, flipping over half way through.

    Whisk Flax Gel ingredients in a small bowl. Allow to sit for 1-2 minutes.

    In a small bowl mix together Breading ingredients.

    After tofu has marinated, working with one slab at a time roll in Flax Gel and then roll in Mac Nut Breading. Repeat with remaining tofu.

    You can pan fry it, but I bake it. Oil a baking sheet, it doesn’t take much if you use a good non-stick cookie sheet pan. You could try cooking it dry, but I would use parchment paper if so. Place tofu on prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Turn over and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

    I usually serve it with some steamed greens, or broccoli, or on a mixed stir fry, but when I made the basil flavor it was to serve with a melange of radishes, tomatoes and hot red peppers.

    edited to add: you can change up the marinade to match your spices - I.e maybe delete ginger if your using Italian spices.
     
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    #1 Walking Girl, Jan 11, 2020 at 5:04 PM
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  2. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    That sounds delicious, @Walking Girl , and I happen to have some walnuts that need to be eaten :hungry:
    Am I right in thinking the flax gel is to glue the nut mix to the tofu? If so, I guess that for a vegetarian rather than vegan dish I could use eggs instead, does that sound right? I don't have any flax meal, but the chickens in my garden have decided that middle of winter is the perfect time to start laying again :D
     
  3. Walking Girl

    Walking Girl Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes, the flax is a binder. I think if you used egg, particularly the yoke, it would form more of a noticeable coating than the flax does, but not too dramatically different.

    my coworker used to give me eggs from her hens but she gave them away when it became hard for her to care for them after a health issue. I miss those tasty eggs.
     
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    Little Bird · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @Walking Girl, thanks for the recipe, I actually made it for dinner earlier. I left out the panko breadcrumbs because I don't know what they are but it turned out delicious! Would recommend this to everyone, it's lovely:)
     
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  5. Chook

    Chook Type 2 · Expert

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    @Walking Girl That sounds really lovely. I happen to have a slab of tofu in my fridge and both walnuts and almonds - i might divide the tofu and try both. Thank you for the recipe. :)
     
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