Tofu Patties

We had these tofu patties for lunch two days in a row: first day served with cous cous and some leftover gravy, and the next day with olive mashed potatoes and basil yogurt sauce. We thought the patties tasted even better the next day, and thus would be perfect to have in the freezer for lazy nights. Unfortunately we only have a tiny freezing compartment in the fridge and can’t store up much food.

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Here’s what I used:

  • 500 g firm tofu
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 6 sun dried tomatoes in oil (about 1 dl)
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 teaspoon sage and marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons barley (or other) starch

For breading:

  • breadcrumbs, sesame seeds, salt, and red paprika powder

First, I preheated the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.

Then, I minced the onions, carrots, and garlic very finely, and fried them in a little oil, on medium heat, while I prepared everything else.

I mashed the tofu in a bowl with my hands until it was really crumbly. There’s no need to drain or press the tofu, since the moisture in it is essential to the texture of the dough. Then I minced the sun dried tomatoes very finely, almost to a paste, added them to the tofu mixture with all of the spices, and kept on mashing the mixture with my hands until everything was incorporated.

Now, the onions and carrots had softened a little, so I added them to the tofu mixture, and sprinkled the barley starch in the bowl as well. I kept on mixing until a firm dough appeared, and let it sit for a few minutes.

Meanwhile, I prepared a baking sheet by lining it with baking parchment and brushing it with some canola oil. I mixed the breading ingredients on a plate; one part sesame seeds and two parts bread crumbs, a pinch of salt, and some red paprika powder for color. I didn’t measure, but I think that approximately 1 dl of bread crumbs and 1/2 dl of sesame seeds are needed to bread about 10 patties.

I also invented a great way to form patties; I first took enough dough for one patty and formed it into a ball with my hands. Then I rolled the ball in the breading mixture until it was completely covered with sesame seeds and bread crumbs, and then flattened the ball with the palms of my hands. This is considerably easier than breading the already flattened patties, and there’s no risk of them falling apart.

Now, I placed the patties on the oiled baking parchment, brushed them with a little canola oil, and baked them for 30 minutes, until they were nicely browned.

7 Comments

  1. Shvetha
    Posted November 30, 2007 at 16:22 | Permalink

    Hi Anni, Just wanted to drop by & say I’m totally hooked to your blog (got here from living-vegan)!
    The patties look crunchy! I make these often, mostly with green lentils and sometimes add minced soy chunks.
    Love your recipes, photography and clear instructions. Keep posting. Cheers!

  2. Anni
    Posted November 30, 2007 at 17:55 | Permalink

    Hi Shvetha, thanks for your kind and encouraging comments – it’s really nice to know that someone’s out there reading our blog! Lentils and soy chunks sound like a great idea, I’m sure they make hearty veggie patties.

  3. Posted November 30, 2007 at 22:26 | Permalink

    I was *just* in my kitchen contemplating how to use up a brick of tofu before it went funny on me, I am so trying this out, they look fantastic!

  4. Anni
    Posted December 1, 2007 at 14:02 | Permalink

    Thanks, Liz – let us know how you liked the recipe if you try it!

  5. Posted December 2, 2007 at 03:16 | Permalink

    This looks good! :d
    Btw, just a suggestion, while i was navigating around your site, i couldn’t find a link back to your main page from the sub-pages, maybe u want to include that for easier nagivation?

  6. Posted December 2, 2007 at 10:07 | Permalink

    Ooh, these look so delicious, I HAVE to try them. Your site is heaven for a tofu-lover like myself, and I love how creatively you mix and match flavors.
    Kamini

  7. Anni
    Posted December 2, 2007 at 13:05 | Permalink

    Hi dreamy; thanks for your comments!
    There’s a link back to our main page in the banner picture. You can always just click the picture from whichever page you’re at, and it’ll take you back to the front page.
    Does this work for you, or do you think an additional link “back to the main page” is needed?

    Kamini; thanks for your nice words!

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