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Tofu Tenders

by Rachel Gaewski

Inspired by mamawentvegan.com

Ingredients

for 2 servings

  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 14 oz
    extra firm tofu, 1 block, drained (395 g)
  • 1 teaspoon
    salt, plus more to taste, divided
  • ½ teaspoon
    pepper, plus more to taste, divided
  • ½ cup
    all-purpose flour (60 g)
  • 1 tablespoon
    cornstarch
  • ½ cup
    milk, of choice (120 mL)
  • 1 teaspoon
    apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon
    dijon mustard
  • ½ cup
    bread crumbs (55 g)
  • 1 teaspoon
    garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon
    paprika
  • 1 teaspoon
    onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon
    nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon
    ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon
    cayenne
  • olive oil, for brushing
  • honey mustard dipping sauce, for serving

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Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF (220ºC). Grease a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  2. Wrap the tofu in a clean dish towel and place a heavy object, such as a cast-iron skillet, on top. Press the tofu for 20 minutes to remove excess liquid.
  3. Flip the tofu block on its side and slice in half lengthwise. Season all over with salt and pepper.
  4. Cut each piece of tofu lengthwise into quarters so you have 8 equally-sized pieces.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine the flour and cornstarch. Mix with a fork.
  6. In a separate medium bowl, combine the milk, apple cider vinegar, and Dijon mustard. Whisk with a fork until combined.
  7. In another medium bowl, combine the bread crumbs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, nutritional yeast, cumin, and cayenne. Mix with a fork until combined.
  8. Take a piece of tofu and coat it in the flour mixture, followed by the milk mixture, then back into the flour mixture, back into the milk mixture, and finally, in the bread crumbs.
  9. Place on the prepared baking sheet and repeat with the remaining tofu sticks.
  10. Using a brush, coat each tender with an even layer of olive oil.
  11. Bake for 30-35 minutes, flipping halfway through, until golden brown and crispy. Brush with more olive oil, if necessary.
  12. Serve with honey mustard dipping sauce.
  13. Enjoy!
 

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