Thursday, March 08, 2007

Elvis-Fried Tofu, Braised Carrots, Pom Pom Mushrooms

Dinner 3/08

Elvis-Fried Tofu over Fettuccine
(tofu, marinated in tamari dredged in flour, smoked paprika, pepper, salt)

Braised Carrots

Fried Pom Pom Mushrooms



The Pom Pom (a.k.a. Lion's Mane) Mushrooms are always a treat whenever we can get them, but they're not cheap -- $15.99/pound -- so it's a good thing they're very light, but that also means they shrink quite a bit. Hairy buggers, eh? ;)

The tofu was adapted from "Fit For A King" -- an Elvis cookbook...

here's the brief recipe...

Fried Tofu (makes 16 pieces)
(adapted from "Fit For A King")

1 block of firm tofu, cut into eight cutlets, then cut diagonally into long triangles and marinated in tamari for 5 minutes

3/4 cup of AP flour
1 1/2 teaspoons of (smoked) paprika (if you have it, if not regular will do)
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
1/4 teaspoon of black pepper

Oil (for frying)

Add the flour, paprika, salt and pepper in a brown paper bag and shake to mix.

Add the marinated tofu cutlets and shake until well coated. Remove from bag and knock off excess flour.

In a cast-iron skillet add about 1/4" of oil over high heat. When oil has come to temp, add the coated tofu pieces gently into the oil and fry until well browned on both sides (about 3-4 minutes per side). Drain on a rack (or the brown paper bag).

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