Tofu Satay with Almond Sauce

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This is another ridiculously tasty dish. If I were on death row, this would be on my short-list for last meals. Maybe the analogy is too dramatic but you get my drift.

I’ve made tofu satay twice and always receive PLENTY of compliments.

Enjoy!

Serves 2-4

Ingredients

1 block medium to firm tofu
optional: 1/2 purple onion/yellow onion/1 carrot/3 beets/1 zucchini
1 pack wooden skewers

SATAY MARINADE

1/4 cup minced lemongrass, fresh or frozen-prepared
2 shallots OR 1/4 cup purple onion, sliced
3-4 cloves garlic
1-2 fresh red chilies, OR 1/2 to 3/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 thumb-size piece galangal OR ginger, sliced
1/2 tsp. turmeric
2 Tbsp. ground coriander
2 tsp. ground cumin
2 Tbsp. tamari
3 Tbsp. braggs
6 Tbsp. brown sugar
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
sea salt to taste

ALMOND SAUCE (for dipping)

1 cup unsalted almonds
1/3 cup water
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. tamari
2 tsp. sesame oil
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2.5 to 3 Tbsp. regular braggs
1/2 tsp. tamarind paste OR 1/2 Tbsp. lime juice
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper, OR 1 tsp. Thai chili sauce (more or less to taste)
1/3 cup coconut milk

Directions for satay marinade

1. Slice tofu into strips or workable pieces (on the thin side for weaving the satay sticks    through). Place in a bowl large enough for marinating and set aside.

2. Place all marinade ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blitz to create a dark, rich satay marinade. Taste-test the marinade for salt, spice, and sweetness. Tip: with this mariande, you should first taste SALTY, followed by SWEET and spicy. Add a little salt if needed, or more sugar if not sweet enough. Add more chili for more heat, if desired.

3. Pour marinade over prepared strips, turning the tofu to cover all sides. Add the other veggies (if using) and gently turn toss all together. Set in the refrigerator to marinate at least 1 hour, or cover and leave up to 24 hours.

4. Thread the tofu pieces onto wooden or stainless-steel skewers (soak wooden ones in your sink 10 minutes beforehand to prevent burning). Retain the bowl with the leftover mariande for basting.

5. If grilling, lightly brush grill with oil, then set skewers over a hot fire. Grill until lightly browned, basting generously with leftover marinade.

6. If using oven, lay prepared satay on a baking sheet (cover first with parchment paper, if desired). Set oven to BROIL and place a rack on the highest or second-highest rung of your oven. Slide satay under the broiler and broil 5 minutes per side before turning. Continue broiling in this way until nicely browned and onions are lightly charred. Baste halfway through cooking with leftover marinade, and follow serving instructions above.

Directions for almond sauce

1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend or process until sauce is smooth. If you prefer a runnier sauce, add a little more water or coconut milk.

2. Do a taste test, adding more tamari/braggs if not salty enough, or more cayenne if not spicy enough. If too salty, add a squeeze of fresh lime juice. If you’d prefer it sweeter, add a little more sugar.

3. Serve warm or at room temperature with my the tofu satay. It also makes a great dip with fresh veggies, fresh rolls, or other Asian finger foods. Or combine with noodles to create a Thai-style noodle dish or cold noodle salad. Enjoy!

Note: This sauce tends to thicken as it sits – just add a little water or coconut milk to thin it out, as needed. Otherwise it stores well if kept covered in the refrigerator (keep up to 2 weeks; freeze thereafter).

Adapted from
http://thaifood.about.com/od/vegetarianthairecipes/r/Vegetarian-Thai-Satay-Vegan.htm & http://thaifood.about.com/od/thaicurrypasterecipes/r/Easy-Satay-Sauce-Recipe.htm

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