Tuesday, January 8, 2013


No one is really surprised by that game, right? I have heard (and said) the word domination about ten thousand times this weekend during Ragnar awesomeness, but it is just so fitting for Alabama. 

Anyhow, since the game was on, I decided to make a sports bar themed vegetarian dinner. Sounds a little scary, right? I was scared too. Baked tofu buffalo bites and turnip fries with homemade light blue cheese sauce. Not going to lie, I was a little skeptical on the tofu bites. But hot damn. They were great. Not even a little weird or rubbery, and they had great flavor. 

(Larry just dumped so much blue cheese on everything, he would never have know what he was eating.)

This recipe was inspired by this recipe I found on Pinterest. I changed a bunch of things and really loved how it came out. I think the key to this is to really (really!) get as much fluid out of the tofu. I got pre-chopped tofu and set it out in one layer on paper towels and set a skillet with two heavy cans on top and left it there for 20 minutes. Whatever works.

Baked Tofu Buffalo Bites:

1 pound (block) extra firm tofu, drained and pressed (I bought the pre chopped)
1 cup  hot sauce (I used Crystal)
1 and 1/2 cups whole wheat panko bread crumbs
2 Wasa multigrain crackers (crushed)
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp (plus some) cayenne pepper (or to taste - mine were pretty hot!)
1/2 tsp onion powder
salt to taste ( 1 used about a teaspoon I think)

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Marinate drained tofu in hot sauce for at least one hour. (ok to leave in the fridge overnight)
  • Crush the panko, crackers, and spices in a food processor (magic bullet works too)
  • Dredge the tofu pieces in panko mixture and place on greased cookie sheet. 
  • Cook for 15-20 minutes, until crisp

Looks gross, tastes good

Bleu Cheese Dip

2 ounces bleu cheese
Heaven in a bowl
1/4 c fat free greek yogurt
1/4 c light mayo
1/2 tsp minced garlic

Stir together and try not to eat it all before the buffalo bites are finished cooking. (I had to make a second batch because Larry at the whole first batch before anything else was ready...)

The turnip fries are made just like baked potato/sweet potato fries. They have great flavor and I generally sprinkle them with salt, pepper, and paprika before I bake them.

I actually cannot believe how well this all turned out. I had domino's ready to order, if it was an epic fail. Now we are ready for the gator SEC opener basketball game tomorrow! Go Gators!