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Jamaican Jerk Tofu

This recipe will convert anyone to the joys of tofu. The Jamaican spices make this an exciting and simple dish to throw together on any night of the week. Bring some spicy Caribbean goodness to your table tonight. For more tasty vegan recipes, go to http://food-tales.com/food-inspirations/food-recipes-from-around-the-world/5-varied-vegan-recipes-from-around-the-world

 

What you’ll need

2 – 3 habanero peppers, seeded

2 tablespoons fresh thyme or 1 of dried thyme

5 stalks green onions, chopped

1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced

3 ½ tablespoons olive oil

3 garlic cloves

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

3 tablespoons lime juice

1 ½ tablespoons brown sugar

½ – 1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 ½ teaspoons ground allspice

12oz pack extra-firm tofu

4 tablespoons cornstarch

1 tablespoon sesame oil

½ yellow onion, medium

2 cups snow peas

1 red pepper, medium

Method

Squeeze any excess liquid from the tofu and wrap in paper towels. Press it with something heavy and put to one side.

Grab a bowl and mix in the ingredients for the jerk sauce the habanero peppers, 4 stalks green onions, thyme, ginger, garlic, olive oil, lime juice, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, tomato paste, allspice, salt and pepper.

Blend the ingredients in a blender and pour into a saucepan. Heat over a medium heat until sauce boils and then turn off heat and set to one side.

Cut the tofu into inch cubes and place inside a gallon-sized freezer bag. Add in 4 tablespoons of cornstarch and give it a good shake.

Make sure all tofu is fully coated in cornstarch, if not, add another tablespoon and shake some more.

Heat up a pan on a medium-high heat with 1  teaspoons of the sesame oil. Add half the tofu cubes when pan is hot. Brown all sides of the tofu for about 2 minutes. Place the cooked tofu onto a plate, pour in the remaining sesame oil to the pan and cook the remaining tofu. When done, set to one side.

Add another tablespoon of olive oil to the pan on a medium-high heat and add the onions. Cook until softened, for about 3 minutes.

Add in the snow peas and red peppers and cook for a further 3 minutes until snow peas turn bright green.

Add a dash of salt and add in the green onions and tofu. Pour the jerk sauce, one spoon at a time, into the pan until you have the desired taste. Give it all a thorough stir and turn off the heat.

The tofu and sauce tastes incredible when served over a plate of rice with a handful of sesame seeds to garnish.

 

 

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