April 25, 2011

Awesome Vegan "See Food" Feast


Being a Southerner, I pretty much grew up on my Mee Maw's fried catfish. And I have a particular fondness for the flavor of seafood because I met my husband in the seaside town where I attended college (a city we lovingly refer to as the "armpit of the world") and we were always surrounded by the stuff. It smelled great, tasted better. Since becoming vegan, I've never found anything quite akin to great seafood or my granny's fried catfish... until now!!

Here's what you see on the plate:
  • Pan-Fried Tofu Wedges with Easiest-Ever Tartar Sauce.
  • Cauliflower Hummus and Tortilla Chips
  • Asian-Inspired Veggie Slaw
  • and some olives too
And here are the recipes:

PAN-FRIED TOFU WEDGES
1 pound extra-firm tofu, lightly pressed and sliced into 16 equal wedges
1 cup unsweetened soy milk
2 tablespoons arrowroot powder or cornstarch
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Dash of cayenne
1 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • In a small pan or wide, shallow bowl, whisk together soy milk, arrowroot, and lime juice until no lumps remain. The lime juice may curdle the milk slightly, but that's okay. I usually don't marinade the tofu, but I suppose you could marinade it up to an hour before cooking. 
  • Mix all dry ingredients together in another small pan or wide, shallow bowl. 
  • Heat oil over medium heat in a cast iron skillet.
  • Gently dredge your tofu slices, one at a time, through the milk mixture and then through the cornmeal mixture, making sure each piece is completely and evenly coated. 
  • Place gently into the frying pan. Cook for about 2 1/2 minutes on each side, turning with both a small spatula and a pair of coated tongs. Only cook a few at a time. I like to place them onto a rack in my lightly heated toaster oven after they're done frying, so I can keep them nice and warm while I finish cooking them all. It also allows some of the oil to drip off. 
EASIEST-EVER TARTAR SAUCE
1 cup vegan mayonnaise 
1/4 cup dill pickle relish
1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Throw it all in a bowl and stir it up. Easiest ever.
CAULIFLOWER HUMMUS
1/2 head's worth cauliflower florets, gently boiled until softened
3 cloves garlic
2 cups garbanzo beans
1/4 cup garbanzo bean cooking liquid, or more to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon paprika
1/8 cup lemon juice
Salt and black pepper, to taste
Dash of cayenne
  • Chuck everything into a food processor and blend until creamy.
ASIAN-INSPIRED VEGGIE SLAW
I saved the best for last! I have been fiddling with this slaw (or "salad," depending on your mood) for a while now. And I think I have finally perfected it! Give it a try.
1 medium zucchini, finely diced (I used a SaladMaster, cone 1)
1 medium yellow squash, finely diced (SaladMaster, cone 1)
2 carrots, peeled and finely diced (yep, SM, cone 1 again)
1 Granny Smith apple, diced
1/2 head green cabbage, diced
  • Throw everything into a bowl and coat liberally with the following dressing. Add the dressing a little bit at a time, to taste. You probably won't use it all, but it keeps great in the fridge!
ASIAN GINGER DRESSING
2 teaspoons minced ginger root (I used the little frozen cubes)
3/4 cup olive oil
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup water
1/8 cup agave nectar (or sugar)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
A few shakes of sesame oil
2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Put all ingredients into a bottle, or something that you can vigorously shake, and shake it until it's well-mixed. I actually prepare and store this dressing in an old soy sauce bottle. It keeps very well in the fridge for several days. Just be sure to shake it up again before using it.

2 comments:

aimee said...

YUM! Everything looks great. Can't wait to try the cauliflower hummus!

Cynthia Griffith said...

Oh wow -- this looks yummy! I'll have to send this entry to my husband and mother-in-law, too :D