January 26th, 2008

Pão de Queijo

Does anyone have a vegan recipe for pão de queijo? I've only had it at a restaurant, but all recipes online have a lot of eggs, and of course cheese. I want to know if it's even possible to veganize the recipe, but thought I'd ask because I remember it being quite yummy.
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So I was just trying to make tiny cutlets out of this sad little part of a block of tofu I had leftover, but ended up making some perfectly trashy fakey chicken nuggets. They'd probably be better fried, just, you know, not better *for* you.

you need:
Tofu (I used like a quarter of a block I had leftover, you can adjust this however you want to make more)
A couple of cups "chicken" broth
Dried sage
Fennel seeds
Spaghetti sauce (this is probably optional, as are a few of these)
Chili oil
Veg oil
Lemon juice
Red wine
White flour
Nutritional yeast

Quick press the tofu (10-15 minutes under something reallyreally heavy). While that's going on, prepare the "chicken" broth over the stove, adding the dried sage, the fennel seeds (to yr preference), some salt/pepper and a couple of drops of chili oil. Then add a little spaghetti sauce, some red wine (just a spash) and some lemon juice. Add a little vegetable oil. Take the pan off the stove and throw in the pressed tofu in whatever size you want it to be. Marinate for around 45-50 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375. Mix some soymilk, nutritional yeast and some chili oil and a little more wine together in a bowl (sounds gross but isn't). Take the tofu out of the marinate one piece at a time, dip in some of the flour, then the soymilk, then the bread crumbs. Place breaded tofu on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake for around 40 minutes, or until brown on both sides, turning the tofu halfway through.

This is maybe a little unnecessarily fancy since I was throwing leftover stuff in all over the place so adjust it however, probably the most important parts are the broth & the breading.