Unfortunately I didn’t manage to make it through the whole Vegan MoFo. Between work, general house cleaning for the winter, finishing my field study project for my Master’s degree, doing forum updates from the Guns N’ Roses US tour concerts, moving to a different office and more, I only made it to day 21. Although I had things to blog about all the days, I didn’t have time to post every day 😦 Hopefully I will do better next year 🙂
On another note, we recently discovered that we can watch ESPN America on our TV here in Greece and now Sean and I enjoy long football games every Sunday. Last Sunday we actually watched 4 games. And we had tones of beers. And snacks. Vegan Snacks! Some were classic like pitas & hummus and chips & salsa, but we also enjoyed these fantastic baked tofu bites and cheesy bites. They were absolutely amazing snacks to enjoy with beer and football, especially with a bit of hot sauce on the side.
Back to blogging about food, for the tofu bites, I marinated the tofu for almost 48 hours, just because I couldn’t decide what I wanted to make with it. Again for this recipe I used fresh homemade tofu, but any kind of firm tofu will do the job.
For the cheesy bites, I used my favorite vegan cheese, viofast with herbs (oregano and thyme), but again, your favorite block of vegan cheese will do the job.
For the tofu bites
1 block of firm tofu, cubed
1/4 cup of water
1/4 cup of soy sauce
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp liquid smoke
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp oregano
several pinches of fresh black pepper
Press the tofu really good. Blend all the other ingredients for few seconds and then marinate the tofu over night.
To make the tofu bites place in zip log bag 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp dried oregano, 1 tsp dried thyme and shake well. Add the marinated tofu and shake so all the tofu cubes will be evenly coated. Transfer to a baking dish and bake in preheated oven at 400F/200C for about 30 minutes, until golden brown.
For the cheesy bites
4 ounces/100 grams of your favorite vegan cheese (block not shredded)
1/3 cup all purpose flour
2 Tbs soy sauce
1/3 cup soy milk
1/3 cup breadcrumbs
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp fresh black pepper
Cut the cheese in sticks or bites. Mix the flour with the soy milk and soy sauce. In a zip log bag place the breadcrumbs, oregano, thyme and pepper. Dip the cheesy bites in the flour mixture and then transfer to the zip log bag. Shake well until all cheesy bites are fully coated. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake in preheated oven at 400F/200C for about 15minutes, until golden brown. Let them cool down in room temperature for 5 minutes (so you won’t burn your tongue) and then serve while they are still melt-y