“We do not have to get it together before we show up.” Anne Lamott
Here comes another experiment that seemed like a good idea at the time. As previously mentioned, I had a goodly sized chunk of tofu in the fridge that I thought I might turn into more tofu and black bean chili something-or-other. And then …
We had the zucchini noodles with the no-cook pasta sauce, which was wonderful. However, I thought it might be more wonderfuller if it had Italian sausage with it. And how difficult can it be to make tofu taste like Italian sausage, I asked myself. Actually, not that difficult.
chunk of tofu, chopped
1 t to 1 T fennel seeds, soaked in 2 T water for 5 minutes
1 T ghee
1 t Kitchen Bouquet
1 T, more or less, tamari or soy sauce
red pepper flakes, a small sprinkle
Combine the crumbled tofu and fennel seeds, undrained, and sauté in the ghee for about 30 minutes. I did this on a very low flame, covered, trying to get the tofu to start looking edible. It stayed white.
I placed the pan (it was ovenproof) into the oven at about 375 degrees. After 20 minutes it was getting a little color. I mixed it and put it back into the oven for another 20 minutes. It was still too white and desperately needed something. I added a splash of Kitchen Bouquet to give it some color, and some tamari to give it some punch. Then a bit of salt and pepper and a few red pepper flakes for a little more punch.
The results looked and tasted enough like Italian sausage that I think I could fool the most ardent critic of tofu if this were part of a dish. I especially loved the undertone of buttery flavor created by the ghee. As I was putting the finished product into the jar for refrigeration, I couldn’t help putting every third forkful into my mouth.
The red pepper flakes come through loud and clear. Go easy with those unless you like spicy Italian sausage. Maybe I could add a bit of garlic powder. That might be good, too.
I love experimenting. Remember, if it doesn’t turn out it can always be squirrel food or mulch for the garden. Or even a hostess gift if there’s someplace where you don’t want to be invited back! I’m here for you!
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.