וועגאַנמאָפאָ: "F" is for Fried Buttermilk Tofu

די “V” Word celebrates וועגאַנמאָפאָ, אַ חודש פון וועגאַן עסנוואַרג, מיט די אנדערע 25 אותיות פון די אלפאבעט. We are up to the letter “ף” and what better word for the letter “ף” than my one remaining vice – “Fried.” הייַנט “ף” is for Fried Buttermilk Tofu.

Along my journey, I have eliminated a lot of things from my diet. First it was MSG, high-fructose corn syrup and artificial colors and flavors. Then I got rid of white, refined foods such as sugar, flour and rice and switched to whole grain, unrefined versions. Next was the big step – after watching “טרעפן דיין פלייש,” I gave up meat and became a vegetarian. As soon as I learned about the horrors of the dairy and egg industry, I became a Vegan.

I thought the journey would end there but I was wrong. While I had gotten healthier and lost a ton of weight (געזונט, not a ton but 116 לבס.), my journey took another turn. In an effort to help my immune system, I became gluten-free and eliminated processed foods from my diet. I have even significantly cut back on my soy intake, limiting it to once or twice a week. Now I eat a healthy, whole-foods, plant-based diet.

But there is one thing I still can’t let go: ייל. I know I should seriously limit my fat intake and honestly, I don’t fry foods very often. Before I started my journey, fried foods were my weakness (and accordingly, what made my health weak). You can keep your cakes, cookies and ice cream. There is no sweet tooth here. I marched to the beat of fried, crunchy and salty.

In the old days when I wanted comfort food, I craved fried chicken, mashed potatoes and peas (זען, there were veggies in my meal, so there!) Now when I’m craving meals like this and another kale salad just ain’t gonna do it, I indulge in a healthier and much more compassionate version.

This dish uses buttermilk. וועגאַן, אַוואַדע. It’s funny – I have never tasted dairy buttermilk and I never will. My father used to love it. Adding vinegar to any milk gives you buttermilk so I made some out of almond milk. My favorite gluten-free flour is chickpea flour but you can use whichever flour you like best. The amount of hot sauce is up to you also. Use a little, use a lot or don’t use any at all. The tofu comes out crispy, juicy and decadent.

I served my Fried Buttermilk Tofu with a side of mashed potatoes and peas. Just like the old days and yet nothing like the old days. Healthy and delicious. Guilt-free indulgence. געזונט, almost guilt-free. The journey continues…

געפּרעגלט בוטטערמילק טאָפו

ינגרידיאַנץ

1 cup buttermilk (1 גלעזל מאַנדל מילך + 1 Tbs. עסיק)
2 Tbs. – ¼ cup hot sauce (depending on your desired level of heat)
1 בלאָק עקסטרע-פעסט טאָפו, ויסגעשעפּט און געדריקט (used thawed frozen tofu for firmer texture)
½ טעפּל טשיקקפּעאַ מעל
1 Tbs. ציבעלע פּודער
1 Tbs. פּאַפּריקאַ
1 Tbs. קנאָבל פּודער
1 tsp. קאָשער זאַלץ
Safflower or peanut oil for frying

אינסטרוקציעס

Prepare the buttermilk by adding the vinegar to the almond milk and let it sit for a few minutes while you prepare the tofu. Cut the tofu into slices or cubes or whatever shape you desire. I prefer thin rectangles.

In a bowl or resealable bag, combine the buttermilk and hot sauce. Add the tofu, toss gently to coat. Let marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or longer.

In a bowl or shallow plate, combine the flour and spices. Remove the tofu from the marinade one piece at a time and coat with the flour mixture.

אין אַ גרויס סקילאַט, heat the oil and fry the tofu in batches until crispy and golden brown on both sides, וועגן 8 minutes total. Serve with your favorite side dishes.

“ף” is for Fried Buttermilk Tofu. פֿאַר אנדערע “ף” ווערטער, טשעק אויס מיין French Dip Sandwich with Jus and Onion Spread און מיין Fried Green Tomatoes with Red Pepper Aioli.

די “V” וואָרט: זאָגן אים. עסן עס. לעבן אים.

האַנאָע האָבן!

(באזוכט 2,477 מאל, 1 וויסיץ הייַנט)

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7 רעספּאָנסעס צו וועגאַנמאָפאָ: "F" is for Fried Buttermilk Tofu

  1. טאָני פעברואַר 9, 2012 בייַ 5:24 בין #

    טאַקע, that looks so good!! Vegan buttermilk?? I never would have even thought it would work to make it out of soy or almond milk. וואָס אַ גרויס געדאַנק!
    צומ באַדויערן, oil is one of the things that my body doesn’t tolerate well (pancreatic problems). So I can’t eat many fried foods. But MAYBE I could try this if I fried it in just a LITTLE bit of oil. Looks so much like the fried chicken I ever-so-occasionally miss … 🙂
    Thanks for another great recipe idea, ריאַ!! 🙂

  2. ריאַ פּאַרסאָנס אָקטאָבער 10, 2011 בייַ 2:00 PM #

    Tofu Mom – דאַנק! יאָ, I love fried tofu. There can’t be enough recipes for it 🙂

  3. Tofu Mom (AKA Tofu-n-Sprouts) אָקטאָבער 10, 2011 בייַ 9:45 בין #

    This TOTALLY looks like my kind of “טרייסט עסנוואַרג”. I’ve probably done ten versions of fried tofu on my blog through the years – because it’s SO YUMMY!!!!!!

    Love the A-B-C theme too!

  4. ריאַ פּאַרסאָנס אָקטאָבער 9, 2011 בייַ 9:35 בין #

    Thank you April and Anna 🙂

    Windy – we share the same tastebuds. Hope you enjoy!

  5. Windy אָקטאָבער 8, 2011 בייַ 11:50 PM #

    This looks fantastic! Like you, I can leave sweets alone but love anything salty, געווירציק, און, אַוואַדע, fried. געזונט, I guess living in Texas most things are fried. סייַ ווי סייַ, I love the recipe and will give it a try this weekend.

    Thanks for all your inspiring and creative recipes. I love them!

  6. Anna Graham Shonle אָקטאָבער 8, 2011 בייַ 2:54 בין #

    Same here. 🙂

  7. אַפּריל אָקטאָבער 8, 2011 בייַ 2:05 בין #

    That looks amazing! I’m bookmarking this for future dinner menus 🙂 Thanks!


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