Crunchy “tofu sticks” is a sure-shot way to win anybody over! If they are a tofu lover, you are soon going to become their favorite chef, if they are a tofu hater, they will soon believe you have supernatural powers of transforming yucky into yummy! 😀 A crust that is so crisp that you can hear a crackle when you bite envelops a center so soft, you would think it is a marshmallow! Add a well-balanced seasoning to these complementing textures and you will be making tofu sticks every other day!
Weekends are synonymous with snacks and finger foods. Friday night or Saturday night is when a couple of tasty appetizers walk out of the kitchen. Yes, the appetizers walk themselves out because the person carrying it pales/becomes invisible when compared to the delicious appetizer 😛 Just kidding! Food, wine/beer and a movie or a Netflix marathon, is what “a quality spent as a couple” means to us (Nachiket and me).
This weekend, the new item on the menu was tofu sticks. The picture perfect scene that I just described to you did happen this weekend but it took a few beatings and a terrible long route before it got there. You see, some days, are just bad days. The pantry magically seems to swallow just the ingredients you need. You can swear you saw it lying around a couple of days ago, but the moment you need it; poof!
Started out to become a tofu patty for a burger, tofu sticks happened when the fries I wanted to make to be served with the burger became a classic Pinterest fail! As an experiment, I was trying this totally new take on fries (inspired by the show “Beat Bobby Flay” on Food Network). No eggs in my fridge translated into the fries breaking open into the oil and turning into goop! Then, came the attempt to bake them. Goop again! With no interest in resurrecting the potatoes, I moved on.
The tofu which was, until then, just getting drained on paper towels took shape of a new idea and donned the tofu sticks avatar! Well, not so concretely yet. I decided to make some sesame crusted tofu when I realized my pantry ate the entire stock of sesame seeds too! Seriously, pantry? Eggs and sesame? Did you make an Asian omelet for yourself when I was asleep?!!
I then decided to coat tofu with bread crumbs and rice flakes (or poha), Using rice flakes as a crust, another thing I saw on Beat Bobby Flay; another thing, I prayed, should not turn into a disaster. This time around, my tofu sticks recipe became a success!
After all that jumping through the hoops, you would think that I would have no energy to complete a photoshoot and all I would do was gobble up the tofu sticks. Yes, you are partly right. I did not have any energy left and I did gobble up the tofu sticks but… I completed the photoshoot. One bite of the tofu sticks, and I instantly knew, they deserve a place on the blog and that, if I did not click photos I would regret it once my tummy was full!
So, here is the recipe for tofu sticks that we thoroughly enjoyed with some chips, beer, movie and some quality time as a couple. I told you, the picture perfect scene took a long time to arrive, indeed! 😀
Tofu Sticks and Chips