September 23, 2010

Toasted Almond Tofu Patties

Like most people who love cooking, I have an ever growing stash of recipes: some in the form of beautiful cookbooks, some in the form of retro recipe cards, some in magazines I've kept, some just written at a back of an envelope with nothing but a list of ingredients (which makes it even more exciting to cook because you can only guess what the outcome might be), but of course there are the digital recipes as well. I have a whole email inbox folder dedicated to recipes, I now (finally) have an iphone and a few recipe 'apps' in it, but I also seem to have recipes hidden on my memory stick. I had totally forgotten about this almond tofu burger recipe, and as I don't use my memory stick very often, I happened to find it only recently.

I really love tofu, and more often than not I seem to get some long looks in the office for munching on a big block of tofu. I think it's perfect office food: it doesn't smell, it doesn't make a crunchy noise when eaten, but it's filling and tasty on its own. It also makes great almond tofu patties, like these ones!

Toasted Almond Tofu Patties
(Recipe adapted from Epicurious)

350g hard (firm) tofu
1/2 cup grated carrot
2 shallots, finely sliced
a small knob of grated ginger
1/2 cup natural almonds, toasted
1 large free range egg white
3 tbs less salt soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp sesame seeds (toasted)
black pepper
olive oil, for frying

If using a less firm tofu, you need to wrap the tofu in a clean tea towel, place on a cutting board and weigh down with a board topped with weights for one hour to draw out the water. Transfer the tofu and the almonds in to a bowl of a food processor and whiz a few times to blend.

Heat a medium frying pan, add a tablespoon of olive oil and sauté the carrot, shallots and ginger until slightly softened. Mix the vegetables with the tofu, add the egg white, soy sauce, sesame oil and sesame seeds and combine well. Season with freshly ground black pepper. Shape the mixture into four patties.

Heat some olive oil in a frying pan, add the patties and cook until golden brown and heated through, a few minutes on each side. Serve with a fresh salad.