I’ve heard how great chicken and waffles is so many times, but I never really thought much of it. Maybe it was just that it’s such a non-vegan dish, and one I’ve never had before, but it was never a food combination I paid much attention to. I feel like I’ve been seeing it more and more and started wondering about vegan versions. I decided to try a fried tofu and waffles.
Drain 1 package of extra firm tofu and press.
Cut into 6 slices long wise, and then cut those in half so you have 12 squares of tofu. Lay them out on paper towels for about 20-30 minutes to help them dry out more.
Combine in a bowl:
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp Cajun seasoning (I use Tony Chachere’s )
After letting the tofu sit out, individually toss each piece of tofu in this mixture and place on a baking rack or surface where excess powder can fall off. If you have extra left over just toss them again. Let them sit for another 20 minutes.
Prepare a skillet with canola oil, vegetable shortening, or whatever you prefer to fry with. Set it to medium heat and get ready for coating your tofu.
In a small dish, combine 1 1/2 tbsp ground flax seed with 5 tbsp water and mix well.
In a separate dish combine:
1/2 c cornstarch
1/2 c plain bread crumbs
1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp parsley
1/2 tbsp onion powder
Dip tofu in flax mix and then into the cornstarch/bread crumb mix, tossing to coat. Sprinkle some cornstarch on the oil, if it sizzles it’s ready for your tofu. Place a few pieces in at a time, leaving plenty of space between pieces. Cook until golden brown and flip. Once cooked, put on a paper towel covered plate.
For the waffles:
I started my waffle mix after doing the first cornstarch dip so that everything would be ready about the same time.
6 waffles ( in 2 square waffle waffle iron)
1 1/2 c unbleached all purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 c melted Earth Balance buttery spread
1 c vanilla almond milk
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
Mix together dry ingredients and then add all wet ingredients and mix well. Cook per your waffle iron’s instructions.
Enjoy the waffles with some Earth Balance buttery spread, a couple of pieces of fried tofu, and some maple syrup! I now understand this delicious combination and look forward to having it again soon!