June 22nd, 2010

tofu "egg" breakfast patties



I've been making these for benedicts, florentines, sandwiches, and other stacked breakfasts. Please give them a try and tell me what you think, either here or at my blog!

Drained and pressed extra-firm tofu, sliced into pieces 1/2cm thick and as big across as their destination requires. Heat some veg oil up in a skillet on the stove at medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the tofu patties. Fry til golden-coloured and then flip.

While they’re frying, mix the following up in a small bowl until you’ve made a paste:
1 tbsp mustard – dijon or yellow
1 tbsp miso
1 – 2 tbsp thick coconut cream (it’ll sit on top of your coconut milk)
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
Hot water, as little as necessary to blend these ingredients together

If you’ve made a lot of tofu (usually we only do enough for two people – four to six pieces) you may need to double this recipe. Use your discretion, of course.

Once you’ve flipped the tofu in the pan, spread half of the creamy mixture on the already-fried sides. Once the bottom side has fried, flip the tofu again and spread the newly-cooked sides with the rest of the creamy mixture. Give it a minute, flip the tofu again, give it another minute, and then remove them from the skillet and serve on top of your breakfast sandwich.

Good luck, and any feedback on this recipe would be appreciated. The measurements are approximate and I’m still working on perfecting it.

Home fries

So, I have a new-ish boyfriend who loves the fact that I can make American style breakfast/brunch foods (pancakes etc.). He has raved a number of times about a food called 'home fries' he has had in the US; I want to make them for him but I have never had them or made them before. What is your favourite recipe for this dish? There is a recipe in Veganomicon but it is very simple - is that how they are meant to be? What makes me concerned to get it right is that he has commented that he had home fries in the UK once in an 'American diner', but they were awful.

Second, related, question - what do you serve them with? He is a very mellow omni, and very supportive/interested in veganism, but I don't want to give him something too 'weird' (no vegan cheese sauce etc.).

Thanks guys!
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