Spicy Barbecue Tofu

Tofu tends to get a bad rap. If it's not prepared properly it can feel like eating an old sponge and taste of absolutely nothing. On the other hand, when treated well, tofu can be a scrumptious treat for the senses as well as powerful nourishment for the body.

I first fell in love with tofu through my local Chinese takeout. They have deep fried tofu with sauteed vegetables. Deep fried tofu has the perfect chewy exterior and pillowy soft center. It tastes of all the vegetables, oil and soy sauce from the wok.

I've experimented with cooking tofu at home. I don't really deep fry. But there are other great ways to prepare tofu as a main protein. I like to broil it. I use a classic meat eaters method to give it flavor. I brush it with a glaze before and mid cooking. It works brilliantly both in terms of flavor and texture.

It's totally vegan.

Ingredients
1 package extra firm tofu
4 tbls olive oil
2 tbls hot sauce
2 tbls sriracha
1 tbl apple cider vinegar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp…

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.