|Tofu meat--eerily realistic looking!|
I had a weird idea for making tofu bacon. Instead of marinating the outside of the slices, why not marinate every molecule of the tofu?!? After seeing a post a Vegan Mofo blogger did about making their own vegan peanut butter chips by spreading peanut butter out on a cookie sheet and slowly dehydrating it, I got the crazy idea to do the same to pureed tofu. The end result was something very unique-- flavored through and through. My husband, who is a former lover of meatiness, thought it was trés awesome with a texture not unlike liver. Never having had liver before, I'll take his word for it.
I can imagine frying this tofu meat, after it has been baked, would give it a nice crunchy texture. You can mix up the spices/flavorings to make it any type of meat you want. This recipe aimed for a more maple smoked bacon flavor, but by adjusting it, adding sage and maybe a bit of thyme, you got yourself vegan turkey slices for Thanksgiving! Measurements are all approximate, so please play with it to suit your tastes. The process is really what makes it.
Easy Vegan Tofu Whatever-You-Wish-It-To-Be Meat!
Turkey! Sandwich Slices! Bacon! Ham! Recipe. Phew!
- 1 block of firm, organic tofu (I pressed mine using my awesome TofuXpress!)
- 2 TB soy sauce
- 2 TB Nutritional yeast
- 1 TB olive oil
- 1 TB maple syrup
- 1/2 TB molasses
- 1 TB dark mustard
- 1 TB tomato paste (or ketchup!)
- 1 TB vegan worchestsire sauce (or use 1 tsp vinegar, 1 tsp more molasses)
- 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
- dash of sage
- salt and pepper to taste
- optional: garlic and onion powder or hing
|The tofu mixture, spread thinly on the oiled parchment paper.|
- Preheat oven to 250. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with oil.
- After having pressed all the water out of your tofu, blend all your ingredients in a food processor. Scrape down sides, every minute or so, until the mixture is a fine paste.
- Spread the tofu mixture out evenly, and as thinly as possible, on your parchment paper. Place baking tray in oven.
- After about a half hour, check the underside and edges of your tofu layer. If it is starting to become solid enough to cut, then take it out of the oven. If not, then continue to bake until it is ready to cut. The top will still be a bit mushy.
- Cut the tofu slab into strips then flip the strips over and place back on pan. Your strips may break, don't fret. It's all good.
- Place the pan back in the oven for about another 30-45 minutes or until the edges of each strip of tofu meat are crispy or full cooked.
- You can fry these strips, eat them straight up, or add them to recipes. They store nicely in an air tight container as well!