Tofu ‘Chicken’ Bites (vegan) / Tofu ‘pileći’ zalogaji (veganski)

I’m going to go ahead right away and admit that I am not the biggest fan of tofu. I definitely love smoked tofu, which I feel is a category of its own, but regular tofu just feels kinda meh. However, these little nuggets are freaking amazing! I could seriously snack on them on their own. There are, however, a few tricks to making these tofu bites taste super delicious.

First off, I strongly suggest that you freeze and then defrost your tofu. I have no idea about the science behind this, but something fantastic happens to tofu once you defrost it and the texture is way better. Plus, it’s easier to squeeze out the excess liquid. Secondly, when frying the bites, go low and slow. And now, go ahead and make these, you’ll love them!

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 1 servings / 1.01 EUR)

1 small block of firm tofu (0.67 EUR)

Pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp of freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

½ tsp of dried thyme (0.03 EUR)

2 tsp poultry seasoning (0.13 EUR)

1 tsp toasted sesame oil (0.07 EUR)

1 tbsp coconut oil (0.07 EUR)

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METHOD:

Freeze and defrost an unopened package of tofu. Once defrosted, squeeze out any excess liquid and pat dry some more with kitchen towels. Tear the tofu into small, bite-sized pieces, then toss together with salt, pepper, thyme, poultry seasoning and sesame oil. I suggest you taste your poultry seasoning first and adjust the salt accordingly – mine was salty as f***. I also used a generic store-brand poultry seasoning, nothing fancy. Allow the seasoned tofu to rest for about 20 minutes.

Place a non-stick pan on medium-low heat and allow it to thorough warm up. Add in the coconut oil, then your seasoned tofu and toss to combine. Cook the tofu until very crispy and nicely browned, for about 15-20 minutes, while tossing occasionally. Voila!

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Moram vam odmah priznati da nisam baš neki veliki obožavatelj tofua. Svakako mi je super dimljeni tofu, ali mislim da je on kategorija za sebe. S druge strane, obični tofu mi je uglavnom nekako bezveznjikav. Međutim, ovi mali tofu zalogaji su ludnica i mogu ih bez problema tamaniti same za sebe (kao neke veganske čvarkiće, mljac!). No, postoji par trikova kako da vam ispadnu baš super, pa nastavite čitati.

Prije svega, predlažem vam da tofu obavezno zamrznete i onda odmrznete. Nemojte me pitati o točnoj znanosti iza svega toga, nemam blage veze, ali desi se neka čarolija kada odmrznete tofu i tekstura mu bude sto puta bolja. Osim toga, i višak vode je onda puno lakše za iscijediti. Druga stvar je da prilikom kuhanja trebate imati strpljenja i pržiti sve polako i na slaboj vatri. A sada pod hitno pripremite ovo jelo jer će vas oduševiti!

SASTOJCI:

(Za 1 porciju / 7,51 kn)

1 manji komada čvrstog tofua (5,00 kn)

Prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

½ žličice svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,25 kn)

½ žličice sušenog timijana – majčine dušice (0,25 kn)

2 žličice mješavine začina za piletinu (1,00 kn)

1 žličica tostiranog sezamovog ulja (0,50 kn)

1 žlica kokosovog ulja (0,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Zapakirani tofu smrznite i onda odmrznite. Kada je tofu odmrznut, istisnite iz njega višak tekućine, pa ga onda još dodatno koliko možete posušite kuhinjskim ručnikom. Tofu natrgajte na zalogaje, pa pomiješajte skupa sa solju, paprom, timijanom, začinom za piletinu i sezamovim uljem. Svakako prije nego dodate sol probajte miks začina za piletinu – moj je bio jako slan pa sam prema tome i prilagodila količinu soli. Inače, ja sam iskoristila neki generični miks za piletinu iz Interspara / Spara (njihova marka), ništa fensi. Ostavite začinjeni tofu da odmori 20 minuta.

Neprijanjajuću tavu stavite na laganu vatru i pustite ju da se dobro ugrije. Dodajte kokosovo ulje i tofu, pa dobro promiješajte. Tofu pržite dok ne bude hrskav i lijepe zlatno-smeđe boje, nekih 15-20 minuta, s time da ga povremeno promiješajte. U slast!

Tofu ‘Chicken’ Bites (vegan) / Tofu ‘pileći’ zalogaji (veganski)

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