Thursday, March 29, 2018

Fried Buffalo Tofu Bites & Garlic Rosemary Fries! Plant Based & Gluten Free!

 Hello again! Time for another plant based recipe. One of the things I have been craving since I changed my diet is buffalo chicken. I loved buffalo chicken nuggets, I never really cared for blue cheese or ranch dressing though. I just enjoyed the spicy tangy flavor of the buffalo sauce. So as I was browsing Pintrest for recipe ideas I stumbled across buffalo tofu nuggets. I also started watching The Vegan Zombie on YouTube and he did a version of this recipe too. So with all this inspiration I made my way to Market Street and got everything I needed to make this happen.

I have a gluten intolerance and I have been eating too much bread lately and I can feel the bad side affects starting to kick in. My stomach is upset and I am starting to get that pesky rash. In light of this I picked up some Bob's Red Mill Organic Corn Flour. Of course I got some tofu, and I picked up some frozen french fries. I was lazy and in a time crunch so the frozen fries were perfect. I really like them too, they cook well and get nice and crispy. Making real crispy homemade french fries is somewhat of a process to do it right.
Here is What You'll Need:
Serving size is for one!

Your favorite frying oil, the size of your pan will dictate how much you need
1/2 Block Tofu (pressed to expel extra liquid)
1 cup of Corn Flour (or other gluten free flour)
Garlic Salt
Black Pepper
Rosemary (fresh is best!)
French Fries
Your Favorite Dipping Sauce

Cooking Instructions:
  1. Make sure your tofu is pressed. Tear it into bite sized chunks. You can cube it if you prefer.
  2. Season tofu with garlic salt and pepper.
  3. Pour some of the Red Hot sauce onto the tofu and let it marinate for at least 10 minutes.
  4. Add oil to a pan and bring up to frying temperature. 
  5. While the oil is reaching temp add corn flour to a mixing bowl. You can add some seasoning to the flour for a richer flavor.
  6. Add tofu to flour and coat. You may need to add a bit more sauce as this is our drenching liquid. I double coated mine, I like a thick crispy crust. To do this when you are done with the first coating just repeat the coating process.
  7. Add breaded tofu to the pan. Be careful of splash back.
  8. If your pan is big enough feel free to add the fries to the same pan. There is no harm in doing this and is what I did.
  9. When your tofu is done add it to a mixing bowl and coat with more Red Hot.
  10. When your fries are ready season them with pepper, garlic salt and rosemary.
That's it! Quick and easy!  I really enjoyed this recipe. The tofu nuggets even look like chicken when you tear them open. It really reminded me of the real thing. Giving your tofu time to absorb the flavors helps a lot. This is the first time I have used the corn flour and found it delightful. It is more fine than a traditional flour and not using eggs to coat the tofu dose not give the same fluffy yet crispy breading. But that was fine for me. With the double bread coating I had just the right amount of breading for my taste. The garlic rosemary fries are a recipe I make a lot and one of my favorite sides for meals like this.

This would be a great party snack too at your next party! As always play with the recipe and make it your own, that's exactly what I did. It is certainly not the healthy meal but sometimes you just need to eat some plant based junk food. It hit the spot for me and helped me curb those cravings during my transition period. I am so glad I made this change, I am having so much fun getting back in my kitchen and trying all these new recipes. If you try this one out please leave a comment below and let me know what you think. Always remember cooking is only as hard as you make it!

Love food, live life!

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