Tofu Garlic Vegan Mayo

I don't currently have the luxury of a lot of ingredients lying around. The coronavirus has turned everything on its head. Still, I'm trying to find comfort in familiar hobbies like cooking and origami.

What I did have was half a package of silken firm tofu that needed to be used and a whole head of garlic that wasn't getting any younger. That is the inspiration for this recipe. That, and my love of all things creamy and garlicky.

Ingredients
1/2 package silken firm tofu, drained
8 cloves garlic, stems removed
1 habanero, deseeded
1 serrano
3 tbls olive oil
3 tbls white vinegar
1 tbl salt
1/2 can chick peas, drained and rinsed

Puree all ingredients in your food processor until a creamy mixture is the result.

It's great right away, but you can chill it in the fridge for a few hours to thicken and let the flavors coalesce.

This is extremely garlic forward and also hot from the chiles. Because the mayo is tofu based and tofu has no flavor of its own, the full on flavor …

Mashed Potato Salad Dressing

Mashed potatoes are usually conceived of in terms of the side dish. They go next to the main dish as an accompaniment. Which is all well and good,  but they are more versatile than that. Mashed potatoes make a great salad dressing. No seriously. They really do.

Now, I'm lazy and use the packets, but this could be adapted to real potatoes.

I use Idahoan garlic mashed potatoes as my base. The packet directions call for 2 cups of water brought to a boil. For the dressing I use 3 1/2 cups of water instead. Add the water, 3 cloves slice garlic, a few ribs from a jalapeno and a serrano and 1 tbl or so of the flesh. Bring to a boil.

Turn off heat. Let sit for about a minute and then carefully stir in the packet powder.

Add fresh cracked black pepper, 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, 1/2 tsp ground garlic, a little more jalapeno and serrano flesh. Stir to combine. Let cool on the counter.

Once mostly cool, relax in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

When fully chilled, use as you would any salad dressing, mayo, sandwich dressing or slaw mix. It's super easy to prepare and yields a very tasty result.

While it's not the most natural recipe, it's better than mayo based, no worse than any store bought dressing and it's way more satisfying and filling.