Maple-Apple Cider Tofu with Stuffing and Apple Cranberry Chutney

Posted by on Aug 2, 2011

Maple-Apple Cider Tofu with Stuffing and Apple Cranberry Chutney

This is one of the most yummy recipes I have ever made! In fact, this is what I made for Jason and I on our first vegan Thanksgiving. It was so good, especially the stuffing, that everyone else at the sinner table was eating my stuffing over the regular stuffing. It made me smile! I also make just the tofu for breakfast and we call it “french toast tofu”, it is that yummy!

Apple Cranberry Chutney

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp margarine
  • 4 Gala apples, peeled, cored, and chopped (or another cooking apple)
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins (optional)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2-4 tbsp apple cider
  • 10 fresh sage leaves, chopped

Directions

1. Heat margarine over med-hi heat. Add apples and cook for 5 mins, stirring regularly. Add raisins and cranberries and cook for 3 mins.

2. Add maple syrup and mix well, then add 2 tbsp of cider. Cook until cranberries burst and apples are soft but still have some texture. Add more cider, if needed. It should be moist but not runny. Lower the heat and let simmer while you prep the other components of the dish.

3. When ready to assemble the dish, mix in the sage leaves and remove from heat.

Stuffing

Ingredients

  • 2 slices sourdough bread (or so. You will need 1.5 cups of cubed bread when you are done)
  • 2 tbsp margarine
  • 1 leek, white and light green part, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp apple cider
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 4 cups packed baby spinach
  • salt and pepper

Directions

Turn oven on to 300 degrees

1. Heat a frying pan over med to med-hi heat. Lightly butter (margarine?) the sourdough bread on both sides and fry both sides for 2-3 mins, until golden. Remove from pan and cut into 1/4″ cubes. Measure out 1.5 cups and put into a bowl.

2. Put the pan back on the stove over medium heat. Add the 2 tbsp of margarine, and when melted add leeks and garlic. Fry for about 5 mins, until leeks are translucent but not too brown. Reduce heat if needed.

3. Add cider and thyme and mix well. Add spinach and cook until wilted but still a vibrant green. Season with salt and pepper then add to the bread cubes. Mix well. Put in an oven proof container and keep warm in the oven.

Maple-Apple Cider Tofu

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp margarine
  • 1 pkg firm or extra firm tofu
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp apple cider
  • salt and pepper

Directions

1. Cut the tofu in half vertically, then cut each half into 5 thin slices. Use a 2.5″ biscuit cutter to cut out 10 rounds. (The size of your rounds may vary, but since my tofu block is roughly 5 x 2.5 this worked out perfectly).

2. While you are cutting the tofu, heat a frying pan on the stove over med-hi heat. Add margarine and swirl pan to melt, then add tofu circles. Fry for 3-5 mins, only on one side, until a nice golden brown.

3. Add maple syrup to the pan and swirl/shake to distribute. Flip tofu over and swirl/shake again. Season lightly with salt, and a some freshly ground pepper. Add cider to the pan and swirl/shake to distribute. Flip tofu over (i.e. fried side is now back down, and season with salt and pepper. Let reduce for a minute or so, then remove from heat.

To Assemble:

This dish relies on a biscuit cutter (or metal ring) that is 2.5″ in diameter, and 1.5″ tall. Place one tofu circle on a plate, fried side down. Place ring over the tofu, then pack in stuffing, compressing the stuffing down with a spoon. Carefully remove ring, then top with another tofu circle, fried side up. Top that with a generous spoonful of chutney.

The chutney recipe makes plenty, so serve more on the side.

Recipe and photo courtesy of The Vegan Dad.

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