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Pan-seared pollock over wilted arugula and fingerling potatoes
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Italian seared skirt steak with treviso salad, herb dressing
Tofu mushroom lettuce cups,with scallion & fava bean pancakes The most flavorful recipe, to date (recipe below)
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Tofu Mushroom Lettuce Cups with Scallion Pancakes Serves 2
(Double recipe for more)
10oz. cremini (baby portabella) mushrooms
1 head Boston (Bibb) lettuce
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup frozen fava beans (lima beans or shelled edamame will work)
14oz. Firm tofu
1/4 cup soy sauce (or tamari)
1 1/2 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1/8 crushed red pepper (Optional)
1 Tablespoon Grapeseed oil
1 cup + 2 Tablespoons flour, divided
3 Tablespoons sesame oil, divided
Preheat oven to 450°F. Bring small pot of water to boil, on high heat. Rinse mushrooms and quarter. Rinse scallions and thinly.slice light & dark green parts, discarding the whites. Rinse lettuce and separate leaves. Mince garlic. Set fava beans out to thaw. Drain tofu and cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
In a small bowl, whisk soy sauce, vinegar, red pepper flakes, if using, and grapeseed oil. On a baking sheet lined with foil, toss mushrooms and tofu with half the soy sauce mixture, reserving the rest. Arrange in a single layer and roast in the 450° oven for 5 minutes, then add garlic evenly across the mixture and roast for 5 more minutes. Then, switch to broiler and broil until tofu is browned, about 3 minutes. Taste and add salt, if needed.
Place 1 cup for in a large bowl and slowly add 3/4 cup boiling water from the small pot of water and stir continuously, until dough forms. Sprinkle remaining for over a clean, dry work surface and knead dough until elastic and smooth, about 1 minute.
Divide dough into 4 equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball. Using a rolling pin or large bottle, roll each ball into 1/4 inch thick circles, 5 inches in diameter. Spread 1/2 of the sesame oil over each, sprinkle with salt and divide scallions and fava beans evenly over each, as well.
One at a time, roll pancakes into a log. Curl in one end and wrap around the other end to make a tight coil. Place on flat side and use rolling pin to flatten pancake into 5 inch diameter. Repeat with each pancake.
Heat remaining sesame oil in a large non-stick pan over medium heat. When oil is shimmering, add pancakes and cook until golden brown, 2-3 minutes per side.
Divide tofu mixture evenly among lettuce leaves. Serve with hot pancakes and remaining soy mixture for dipping (or drizzling).
- Nikki @ NikSnacks
- I'm an award-winning private chef who writes and talks about my life as a food writer, culinarian, podcast host, and food tour guide, I'm a classical French trained chef with a BA in English from East Carolina University and a Culinary Arts Associate Degree from Le Cordon Bleu-Miami. I've worked as a researcher, an editorial assistant, reporter and guest blogger, catering chef, pastry chef, butcher, baker, and a biscuit-maker.