Sunday, September 23, 2007

Saucy Apple Tofu

In celebration of fall and apple picking time up here in the Northeast.

Saucy Apple Tofu

1 lb tofu

2 hours before cook time, press tofu (between a cutting board and baking sheet with a big book on top) for an hour. After pressing, cut tofu into 1/2" thick slices. Make the marinade in a rectangular dish or tupperware:

1/2 c soy sauce
3 T apple cider vinegar
1/4 c apple cider
2 cloves garlic grated
1/2 in. ginger grated

Mix it up well and layer in the tofu slices. Marinate for 1 hour, turning tofu slices so they all get their fair share of marination time. Now go prepare:

3 T oil
2 T good mustard
1/2 c apple cider
1/2 apple, sliced thin
1/4 c raisins, dried cranberries or dried cherries
6 scallions chopped
1 T arrowroot or cornstarch mixed into 1/4 c water
3 T brown sugar

Whisk mustard and cider together. In a large pan, heat oil over med-high heat. Take tofu pieces out of marinade (keep the marinade!) and add to the pan in one layer (do two batches if they don't all fit in the pan). Pour in the mustard cider. Cover and cook until golden on both sides, about 3-5 min each side. Turn heat down to medium. Pour the marinade over the tofu and add in apples, dried fruit and scallions. Cover and simmer for 5 min, turning the tofu slices over halfway through. Take tofu and fruit out of pan and add in the arrowroot slurry. Mix until glazy and thick. Pour over tofu, sprinkle with brown sugar and y voila.

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