I love browsing linky parties…so many good ideas. One of the gems I came across last week was this simple recipe for a meatless meal, General Tso tofu and vegetable fried rice, from Jennifer at Peas & Crayons. I happened to have some firm tofu in the fridge (and really, no clue what to do with it!), so thought I’d give the General Tso a try.
So. Good. Seriously, I was a bit skeptical about the tofu, but a little crust from an egg and corn starch dredging, and the sauce made it a fabulous meal that even my picky sons and meat-lovin’ hubby devoured. Zero leftovers.
Feast your eyes on this:
Okay, it’s blurry, and not the most fabulous food photography, but my kids were literally trying to grab the bowl as I turned on the camera. They did manage to run away with the chopsticks before I could click the shutter, but you get the idea. Yummers. Even more yummers when I poured extra sauce on top of everything.
Here’s the recipe as seen on Peas & Crayons:
Fabulous Fried Tofu
1 pkg extra firm tofu
1 whisked egg
1 shallow dish of corn starch for light dredging
General Tso's sauce of your choice
1-2 teaspoons of olive oil
Press extra moisture out by placing a heavy pot or pan on a paper towel wrapped brick of extra firm tofu. Next, dip in egg wash and lightly dredge in corn starch. Heat a frying pan with 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil and lightly fry tofu on all sides. Once golden, pour in a light layer of General Tso's Sauce to coat. Plate tofu with your delish fried rice and enjoy =)
I didn’t have any General Tso sauce on hand, so whipped up my own version using 5 tbsp rice wine vinegar, 3 tbsp white sugar, 3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce, and a pinch of ginger powder. I have no idea if that’s even remotely authentic, but it tasted awesome after I threw it into the hot pan with my fried tofu and let it caramelize a bit.
Jennifer also provided a yummy recipe for veggie fried rice, but I just improvised with what I had in the fridge.
This tofu will definitely be going into my regular dinner rotation. It’s high protein, low fat, easy to prepare – and ridiculously delicious. Try it!
PS…does anyone know the correct spelling for Tso? I’ve seen Tso, Tao, Tsao…never sure which to use.