Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Green peppercorn tofu



Last weekend I saw this fab-looking recipe for BlackPepper Tofu in the Guardian. It sounded fragrant and delicious, and a bit unusual due to the use of the butter in the sauce. My theory is that it is the Indian influence in Malay cooking that would inspire that. But of course I couldn't help myself and made a few little changes (one being that I can't believe 150g butter is right!)...

Green peppercorn tofu (serves 2)

400g deep fried tofu cubes
50g butter
5 golden shallots, peeled and finely diced
1 tbs crushed red chillies
8 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbs grated ginger
3 tbs crushed green peppercorns
A good slosh of soy sauce
1 tbs muscovado sugar
1 x 400g bag stirfry vegetable mix

Melt the butter, add the shallots, chillies, garlic and ginger, and sauté for about 15 minutes on low-medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the contents of the pan are shiny and totally soft. While you wait, crush the peppercorns, using a pestle and mortar or a spice grinder to a rough paste.

When the shallots are soft, add the soy sauce and the sugar, stir, then stir in the crushed pepper. Warm the tofu in the sauce for about a minute, then add the strifry vegetables and cook for a few more minutes or until the tofu and vegetables are hot through and thoroughly coated with sauce. Serve hot with steamed rice, if desired.

9 comments:

kittie said...

Aren't pepper and butter just the best twosome since garlic and ginger ;)

This sounds wonderful!

Rachel said...

That does sound mighty tasty!

Foodycat said...

Kittie - agreed! And is there a better smell than melting butter?

Rachel - very easy to veganise this one! And it's gluten free, so it could work for your family.

Esi said...

Fried tofu...I will take it! The sauce sounds so tasty.

Foodycat said...

Esi - I think a bit of shrimp paste would work well in the sauce, if you don't need to cater to vegetarians.

Jude said...

You made it then? Even I'm tempted although I can only think of tofu as food of the devil.

Sam said...

Interesting recipe, sounds like this is packed with flavour.

mscrankypants said...

Great use of tofu, sweet, sweet, lovely tofu *hugs a packet of tofu in appreciation*.

:-)

Foodycat said...

Jude - sure did! I will have to take you somewhere for some good Chinese and help you get over this fear of tofu!

Sam - it was! Really flavoursome.

Cranky - it's only fair to throw some veg dishes your way when you very kindly keep bringing your vegetarian bones to my blog.

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