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Looking for dinner-party worthy tofu dish

IndyGirl Jan 12, 2013 09:46 AM

Hi all,
I absolutely adore this recipe:

and want others that are similar. Anyone have any suggestions?

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    youareabunny RE: IndyGirl Jan 12, 2013 10:05 AM

    Sounds delicious! I don't cook any recipes where tofu is the star like in that recipe. I will have to try it.

    I always like a colorful stir fry.

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      IndyGirl RE: youareabunny Jan 12, 2013 10:13 AM

      What I love about the recipe I linked is that it is not part of a stir-fry, but that it is elegant and INCREDIBLY flavorful, and can be served atop quinoa or rice with very simple roasted veggies. It's perfect dinner party material and can make people rethink tofu. This is really the only tofu recipe I have that's like this, and I am dying for a few more options!

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        Caitlin McGrath RE: IndyGirl Jan 16, 2013 04:23 PM

        When I saw the title of this thread, I opened it planning to recommend this very recipe as dinner party-worthy! Ah, well.

        With regard to the black-pepper tofu recipe magiesmom linked below, I'd recommend reading reviews on Chowhound (in Plenty COTM thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7819...) and elsewhere. To say they're mixed seems an understatement; more like love it or flat-out hate it. (I haven't tried it myself, however.)

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          magiesmom RE: Caitlin McGrath Jan 16, 2013 07:15 PM

          yes, they are mixed. I was stating my experience but probably should have pointed out others were less enthralled.

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            IndyGirl RE: magiesmom Jan 21, 2013 09:45 AM

            Unfortunately, I have GERD and black pepper is a particularly strong instigator, so I have to avoid this no matter what! OTherwise I'd be happy to give it a try, but maybe not for a dinner party (at least not on my first attempt)!

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      magiesmom RE: IndyGirl Jan 12, 2013 12:07 PM

      This is a beautiful delicious Ottolenghi recipe from Plenty.

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        IndyGirl RE: magiesmom Jan 21, 2013 09:45 AM

        i have that book, but I haven't made this because of my GERD, which is inflamed by black pepper. So this recipe looks like a nightmare for me, unfortunately. :(

      2. ipsedixit RE: IndyGirl Jan 12, 2013 12:18 PM

        Cube silken tofu into 1/2" cubes

        Make a marinade of soy sauce, minced ginger, chopped garlic, rice wine vinegar, chili flakes, salt, white pepper and sugar to taste.

        Stack the silken tofu in pyramid shape, then drizzle the marinade over the tofu, garnish with nice drizzle of toasted sesame oil, white sesame seeds and diced scallions.

        Serve chilled.

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          IndyGirl RE: ipsedixit Jan 27, 2013 03:17 PM

          Looks lovely! thanks!

        2. Klary RE: IndyGirl Jan 17, 2013 07:38 AM

          this is pretty nice:

          Tofu with curry butter and grilled endive

          for the butter, put

          25 grams butter

          1 tbsp olive oil

          1 heaping teaspoon mild currypowder

          pinch chili flakes

          1 crushed garlic clove

          pinch of salt

          in a small saucepan and heat until butter starts to foam. Add

          1 tbsp of lemon juice

          1 teaspoon sugar

          and mix this in,

          leave on very low heat for a couple of minutes. Then turn off heat.

          Cut 2 belgian endives in quarters, brush with oil and grill then until nicely charred. Season.

          Cut 300 gram of firm tofu in small cubes and dry these well between kitchen towels. Season. Heat some oil in a frying pan and fry the tofu over high heat until golden brown. Add

          a handful of almonds and fry these for another minute.

          Put the endive wedges on 2 plates, spoon the tofu on top, and drizzle the curried butter over it (if necessary, reheat it briefly). Garnish with something green like basil or cilantro.

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            IndyGirl RE: Klary Jan 21, 2013 09:44 AM

            Looks lovely! Thanks!

          2. Berheenia RE: IndyGirl Jan 24, 2013 07:21 AM

            I had this at a pot luck dinner and asked for the recipe. It was made into a mile high pie and was so good I had no idea it was vegan.


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              IndyGirl RE: Berheenia Jan 27, 2013 03:16 PM

              oh, that looks nice! I'm not sure I would serve it for a fancy dinner party (pot pies aren't elegant IMO) but DEFINITELY for a casual dinner with friends. Thanks for posting this!!

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                chompy RE: IndyGirl Jan 29, 2013 12:00 PM

                You could do individual pot pies in ramekins with puff pastry on top. Fancier, and easy too!

            2. Klary RE: IndyGirl Jan 29, 2013 02:39 AM

              Made these this weekend and thought of this thread... a recipe I came up with some time ago.

              Tofu Pancakes

              The basic recipe: 200 grams of firm tofu, drained and dried on kitchen towel. Crumble it in large bowl with a fork. Add a heaping tablespoon of thick greek yoghurt, 2 heaping tablespoons of flour (I use whole wheat), 1 egg, salt and pepper.

              Now have fun with the flavorings. I made them with orange zest and chopped spring onions this time, but have also added grated cheese, chopped sun dried tomatoes, various herbs and spices, pine nuts, well you get the idea. They're very nice served with something saucy, or a soup or stew. If served on their own, serve with a salsa, or maybe some spicy mayo, or yoghurt sauce.

              Don't leave out the yoghurt, I made many versions of this before I found the recipe that worked. Without the yoghurt the batter is too dry and crumbly.

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                chompy RE: IndyGirl Jan 29, 2013 11:58 AM

                Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone has a recipe that I really like - Baked Tofu with Braised Peppers & Olives. Served over soft polenta, I think it's dinner-party worthy.

                If anyone would like the recipe, I can type it up & paraphrase it.

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