So, today was the day. I had all the ingredients. I had the patience. And most importantly, I had the time. This is not a short post nor a quickie recipe, so pour yourself a sake, sit back and.....
LET THE BATTLE BEGIN!!!!
La Diva's Fontina Stuffed Tofu Croqueta with Tomato Coulis
Half a container of extra firm organic tofu, drained and blotted dry
1/2 c bread crumbs
1 tsp. each freshly minced Italian parsley and basil
2 small cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup freshly grated parmigiano cheese
salt and pepper
2 oz fontina cheese cut into 3mm cubes
basil leaf chiffonade for garnish
panko bread crumbs
oil for frying
5 plum or mixed very ripe tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
Put drained and very well blotted tofu into a large bowl. In a food processor, process garlic cloves, then add parsley and basil. Process until finely minced and then add to tofu. Add one egg, the breadcrumbs, parmigiano cheese and salt and pepper.
While the tofu is setting, start the tomato coulis.
Take the tomatoes and process in a food processor or blender until very smooth. Take out a bowl and a strainer and with a spoon or spatula, push down on the tomato mixture, allowing the smooth tomato sauce to drip from the bottom of the strainer. Make sure you scrape the bottom of the strainer, it's all there and might need a bit of help. Throw out what's left in the top of the strainer. You might have 3/4 cup of tomato sauce, it will be concentrated but taste really good. NOW you can add more salt if you need to, but you probably won't! Set aside.
Actually, they tasted REALLY GOOD. The garlic added was not overpowering or subtle but just enough for nice flavor, the melted fontina was like a creamy surprise in the middle and the texture of the tofu was so light and moist, such a nice contrast to the crunchy outer layer of the panko breading. While the croquetas were quite large, I still thought it to be not as heavy as smaller croquetas I've had made out of potatoes and ham and cheese. I think they were superb.
my stir fry with cashews and fresh vegetables. So, this covered my tofu prerequisites on all fronts.
Beware, dear Blogging Buddies, for La Diva is tenacious and competitive! I will be ready to CONQUER ALL who come against me in BATTLE CABBAGE hosted by Grumpy Granny! Til then, Ciao!