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Sweet and Sour Tofu

September 7th, 2011 (09:14 pm)

This one didn't turn out as well as it had the potential, but the sauce was amazing. Quite simple to make, and reletively quick. Good for a school night meal, I would think.  As per usual, I will post the original recipe, and my alterations in italics

12 ounces firm tofu, drained
1 tbsp peanut oil (vegetable oil)
1 large head broccoli, separated into florets (1 package frozen broccolli florets, thawed)
2 cups sliced yellow peppers (part of a frozen green pepper, part of a frozen red pepper [I'm not a bell pepper fan, so that was what I had thrown in the freezer from another recipe from ages ago])
2 garlic cloves, minced (a bit of minced garlic from a jar [I just grabbed some, I didn't bother to measure])
1 cup vegetable stock
1/4 cup tomato paste (one can, roughly the same)
2 tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (a handful of dried parsley)
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp teriyaki sauce
1 tbsp brown sugar or 1 1/2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp water
1 1/2 cups canned pineapple chunks (I could not find any pineapple, so I had to use a can of peaches)

Cut tofu into 1" cubes and saute in oil until golden brown. Set aside. In the same pan, saute broccoli, peppers, and garlic. While that is sauteing (5 to 7 minutes, or until tender), mix the stock, tomato paste, parsley, vinegar, teriyaki sauce, and sugar or honey in a cup. Add to vegetable mixture. Dissolve cornstarch in water and add to mixture. Allow to come to a boil, stirring frequently, then reduce heat to low. Add tofu and pineapples (I had to use peaches, see above) and leave for about 5 minutes to blend flavors.

I realized at the very last possible moment that I should have made some rice or something to go under this, but I do not believe in minute rice, therefore I had none lying around to use, so I had to eat it by itself. I think it would have been really good had I had the pineapple. As it was, the peaches were kind of bland, so the tofu didn't have anything to play off of, and tofu is super bland on its own. It would have been better with something crunchy, such as water chestnuts or bamboo. I'll definitely try this again with those alterations, and I think I'll really love it. As it was, I really liked it.