My apologies to a certain bass playing friend of mine for adding another recipe that uses tofu. We just had a discussion about the dangers of men eating soy*, but…well, this was really good. So, I’ll try to stay away from soy for the rest of the month, but for now: Fermented Bean Curd Pancakes.
Not pictured with the ingredients is “Heart Smart” Bisquick. The name might be a little misleading, but it is a very convenient…er…convenience food. However, next time I’ll try making these with plain flour since I ended up adding (towards the end) 1 tsp of baking soda & 2 Tbsp of vinegar anyway to replace the egg. I also added about 1 Tbsp each of the vegenaise (soy-free, guys!) and Russian mustard.
And then there’s the fermented bean curd, otherwise known as Stinky Tofu. I think Stinky Tofu is really supposed to refer to a similar kind made with some sort of fish juice or something, but this kind is really stinky, too. The first time I bought this stuff I threw it out because I thought it was rotten. Just plug your nose when you open the jar, and do NOT eat it plain!!!!!! Unless you’re really hardcore. I am not.
I added two disgusting looking chunks and mixed everything with a fork until it got moist and crumbly.
Then I stirred in some finely chopped onion and red pepper, and added the above mentioned baking soda & vinegar.
I didn’t have a milk substitute, so I used 2/3 cup of water instead. Whisk to incorporate, but it’s okay if there are some lumps.
Pour the batter out onto a hot, greased skillet. I used a 1/4 cup dry measuring cup that was not quite full.
I meant to take more pictures of the finished product, but I accidentally ate them all. The combination of fermented tofu with the sweetness of the Russian mustard gave these a hint of the flavor of aged cheese, perfect with the onions and peppers. I put Smart Balance on them and tried half with syrup, half without. They were good both ways, but for my second helping I put syrup on all of them. I would recommend eating these with a fruit salad, especially if you’re not going to use syrup.
Men, I will try making these again the next time I make a fermented nut cheese. In the meantime, maybe you can try that yourselves and let me know how it turns out. I’d be happy to post your pictures and comments.
*See comments below. Looks like Stinky Tofu is okay for men!