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So what did I think of when John gave us the 4 random numbers that included Tofu? Well my first thought was “can we get some new numbers”! I then thought about it some more and came to the conclusion that these ingredients were truly an example of a “Chopped” basket. I must admit I’ve never made it and hardly ever eat it. That may change after eating this dish. I started thinking about what I could make and came up with some ways I could use all these ingredients in in a dish. Sriracha was easy as I use it quite often. Corn? No problem here either. Apples gave me a slight pause but then I thought of using it in a slaw so I was good. No, tofu was the problem, so I thought about tofu and what it’s like. It’s like a geometrically shaped meat substitute. Kind of like Spam but without any actual meat. So how do I normally use Spam? Well I don’t use it very often but when I do it’s normally in a sandwich. A tofu sandwich didn’t sound like a winner, but then I remembered seeing something on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives where the cook used plantains as the bread which I’m dubbing the “Planwich”. Plantains instead of bread. Link: http://www.foodnetwork.com/restaurants/il/chicago/the-jibarito-stop-restaurant.html Now that was the ticket and I also decided to use Sriracha in all 3 dishes. The first thing I did was prepare the tofu. Now I don’t know much about tofu but I do know that you need to get the moisture out of it so it can soak up whatever seasoning / marinate your using on it. I drained the liquid off and then sliced it up. Next I placed the slices on a double layer of paper towels and covered with another layer. I then place a 9 x 13 pan on top and pressed down to push more of the liquid out. (Note: I did this twice as the paper towels were completely soaked the first time) Next I made up a Sriracha Honey Marinade. Here are the ingredients. Stirred. I spread out some marinade on a 1/4 sheet, placed on the tofu and then covered each piece with the rest of the marinade. I covered this with foil and let it take a nice long rest. Next I went about making the bread for my Planwich. I took a plantain and cut the ends off and peeled it. I cut it in 2 and fried them in some preheated oil. I placed them on a plate with some paper towels to cool. I then took them and smashed them with a large smooth bottom pan. and then fried each one again. (Like a tostones) I then placed each one on a plate with some paper towels to cool. I then made up my Mexican Slaw using the apple in lieu of the jicama. (Link to recipe: https://www.kamadoguru.com/topic/18547-mexican-style-slaw-with-cilantro-lime-creama/) Apple cut and cored and then grated. Everybody in the pool and then stirred up with some Sriracha Cilantro Lime Creama. Now I took the tofu out to the grill. I placed them on my searing grate. (Note: I would have set it up differently but I was going to make pizza afterwards so that was why it’s set up this way. As it turned out, I didn’t have time for the pizza.) After approximately 10 minutes it looked like this. I look them off the grilled and on to a plate so I could now glaze them. I took what was left of the marinade and added some more honey, Sriracha and ponzu sauce and pour it onto a hot griddle and let it start to caramelize. Placed all the tofu pieces in the sauce and let it cook for 1 minute. I flipped them and repeated for another minute and here is what they looked like. I sliced up some tomato and red onion and made up some Sriracha mayo. I took one of the plantain slices and spread on the mayo and placed on the tofu and then the tomato, onion and some lettuce. And finally I made up the Mexican Street Corn (Esquites) with Sriracha Mayo Here’s my corn. I took 3 ears like this and cut off the kernels. I added 3 tbsp. of butter and 1/2 cup of finely chopped cilantro and stirred. As my 90 year old MIL was also eating this I took my serving and mixed in the balance of the Sriracha mayo that I had made up. (No Sriracha for her) Here is everything plated up with a Negro Modelo. This did not suck! In fact it was absolutely delicious and I would definitely make this again. Thanks for looking.
Here is another way you can use plantains. Tostones are made with the green to only slightly yellow plantains. Peeling a green plantain is a bit of a challenge. First cut off the two ends. Now make 3 very shallow cuts in the peel all along the length of the plantain trying not to go too far past the peel. Cut the peel into 3 lengths and now pry one length off and then another and then again. I took everything outside and heated up my C.I. skillet, on medium heat, with approximately a 1/3” of grape seed oil. I cut the plantain into approximate 1” pieces. Placed in the skillet and let it cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Flip and let cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove and place on a paper towel. Now they make contraptions just for this but I didn’t have one so I improvised with a small bowl and a smaller glass. Place a section into the bowl and push down until you’ve smashed it and created a little pocket. Now back into the oil for a second frying. About a minute per side. Remove and place on a paper towel until cool enough to handle. Now you can eat as is or place stuff in the pocket making them into appetizers.
So ever since I got my tortilla press I’ve been on a taco spree. Sprout’s had Colossal EZ Peel Shrimp on special so I did a Caribbean spin on a taco, Jerk Shrimp Tacos with Mango Habanero Salsa and Fried Plantains. First I made up the salsa. Here are the ingredients: Chopped Add the zest of 1 lime Then add the juice and stir. Put this in the fridge to rest and get happy. Now I prep the shrimp. These were the EZ Peel Shrimp so they were very easy to peel and were already deveined. (Since I was grilling them I discarded the shells) Peeled and rinsed and into a bowl. Pour 1/2 cup of marinate over them and stir. Put this in the fridge to rest and get happy. Now I prep the plantain. Sliced up and season with Tajin. After everything was ready I made up some fresh tortillas and then skewered the shrimp. Since this was such a small cook I decided to use my Weber Jumbo Joe. I put a 3/4 chimney of lump of the gas burner to speed things along. Got it really blazing hot And pour into the Weber charcoal trays and put on the grill grate. Placed on the shrimp skewers for 2 to 3 minutes per side. Turned And they’re ready. Here they are plated with some Jerk Sauce, the plantains, mint garnish and a Sierra Nevada Ruthless IPA Here’s the Money Shot below. Squeezed the lime on them and proceed to eat some of the best tacos I’ve ever had. Off the charts good!