Friday, March 27, 2009

Tofu Buffalo Sticks

I haven't been cooking or baking much lately, but that going to change. For one thing, I am teaching two different cooking classes within the next month, and I always make a practice of creating new recipes for this. My friends have also been asking me to cook for them and teach as I go along. I recently made my friend Spicy Tofu Triangles which was served with brown rice and steamed collards with a raspberry red wine vinegar sprinkled on top. Tofu is one of my favorite foods to play with, since it can be so versatile and absorbs flavor so nicely.

Last year I decided I needed to create a recipe to make something similar to buffalo wings. I looked up a variety of recipes and used them to give me a start. I played around with different hot sauces and using fresh onion, or dry, and how much of this and that to use. The final recipe was made for my parents and niece and nephew. Kids are such great food tasters since they won't lie to you if they don't like something. Luckily, no lying was needed and everyone gobbled up all the tofu I made by the end of the night.

Buffalo Tofu Sticks
1 lb Tofu, firm
2 Tb Oil
Batter:
1/3 cup Unbleached White Flour
2 tsp Paprika
Sauce:
1/4 cup Onion, chopped
2 cloves Garlic, chopped
2 Tb Tabasco Chipolte Hot Sauce
2 Tb Ketchup
1/4 tsp Salt
1 Tb Agave Nectar
1 Tb Lemon Juice
Place all the sauce ingredients into a blender. Blend until the sauce has a smooth consistency and set aside.
Cut the tofu block into 32 sticks. Mix together the flour and paprika for the batter in a wide mouthed bowl. Place the tofu sticks in the batter, a few at a time, to cover the tofu with the mixture. Set aside and finish covering all the tofu sticks with the batter.
Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium heat. You may need to cook these up in two batches. Place the battered tofu sticks in the skillet and cook until all sides are golden. Add the sauce and cook until all the sauce is absorbed and adhered to the tofu sticks.
This is great served with Mac & Cheese and steamed broccoli!