Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine's Day: Hickory Smoked Tofu Stuffed with Garlic, Grilled Asparagus, Sauteed Mushrooms, Twice Baked Potato, Molten Mocha Cakes

Valentine's Day Dinner 2/14

Hickory Smoked Tofu Stuffed with Garlic
(with Bearnaise Sauce)

Grilled Asparagus

Sauteed Mushrooms

Twice Baked Potato


Molten Mocha Cake

Ah, nothing says Valentine Day dinner more than heart shaped plates does it mon petite chou-chou?

The potato, and mushrooms are both from Andrea Robinson (making the usual soy substitutions). The tofu was cut a little thicker than usual (6 cutlets vs. 8 cutlets) and a slit was carefully cut into the side of the tofu. Then it was smoked with hickory wood for 25 minutes, taken out of the smoker box and pan-fried until golden and splashed with 1 tbs. of tamari about a minute before it was done. Next, the roasted garlic was pushed inside, and it was roasted for an additional 20 minutes at 350F. It was served with the mushrooms and bearnaise sauce on top -- a reduction of vinegar, shallot and tarragon, mounted with soy margarine at the end (you're supposed to strain out the shallots, but I like them left in).

For dessert, we went with the Molten Mocha Cakes from Martha Stewart (sub out 1/2 box of soft tofu and a 3/4 teaspoon of baking powder for the eggs, and we added 1 tsp. of vanilla extract).

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