I’m kind of obsessed with Frank’s Red Hot right now. I’ve been making a lot of Buffalo style sauces and staples recently. I think it’s the spicy and sweet combo of it that makes you feel like you’re eating something kind of naughty which really hits the comfort food craving spot that’s so prevalent this time of year (winter, holidays, the usual).
So your mouth is sending a message to your brain that you’re indulging and then you read the ingredients and there’s only 5 of them, non of which is corn syrup or red #5.
Of course, traditional Buffalo sauce is pretty high in butter or oil, but you can make it really light as I did last night with these baked tofu bites.
Apologies in advance, but I was in a hurry to eat so I didn’t really take notes until later. Thus, the measurements are a bit loose. Don’t sweat it; it’s just dinner!
Baked Buffalo Tofu Bites
Yield: 2 dinner sized servings (about 12 ounces)
- 1 12 ounce package extra firm tofu, drained on a paper towel for about 20 minutes (or just press lightly if the tofu isn’t too moist).
- 2 teaspoons Energ Egg Replacer + 4 tablespoons water
- About 3-4 cups yellow cornmeal
- About 2 cups Franks Red Hot or other hot sauce
- About 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- Sea salt to taste (I suggest 1/2-3/4 teaspoon)
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the Energ and water making a slurry. Next, poor the cornmeal in a medium sized mixing bowl.
- Slice the tofu into 1/2 inch cubes. Dredge in the Energ-water slurry the place in the cornmeal bowl. When you have about half the tofu in there, toss gently, but well with tongs. Make sure all the pieces are coated and then place them on a parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining tofu then bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes. The pieces should be starting to golden and any loose cornmeal crumbs will be browned.
- Meanwhile, rinse out the cornmeal bowl and just use the same one to whisk together the Franks, oil, and sea salt. Give it a taste and adjust proportions as needed.
- Remove the tofu bites from the toaster oven and once again toss half of the tofu at a time using the tongs. Place back on the baking sheet and bake another 4-6 minutes until they are a little crispy. The total baked time should be between 15-20 minutes.
- Drizzle with Tahini Dressing or place on toothpicks and dip in tahini or vegan ranch as an appetizer.