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Honey Sriracha Glazed Tofu Planwich w/ Apple Slaw and Corn with Sriracha Mayo

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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.

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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.

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Next I placed the slices on a double layer of paper towels

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and covered with another layer.

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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)

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Next I made up a Sriracha Honey Marinade. Here are the ingredients.

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Stirred.

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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.

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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

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and cut the ends off and peeled it.

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I cut it in 2 and fried them in some preheated oil.

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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.

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and then fried each one again. (Like a tostones)

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I then placed each one on a plate with some paper towels to cool.

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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/)

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Apple cut and cored

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and then grated.

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Everybody in the pool

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and then stirred up with some Sriracha Cilantro Lime Creama.

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Now I took the tofu out to the grill.

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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.)

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After approximately 10 minutes it looked like this.

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I look them off the grilled and on to a plate so I could now glaze them.

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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.

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Placed all the tofu pieces in the sauce and let it cook for 1 minute.

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I flipped them and repeated for another minute and here is what they looked like.

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I sliced up some tomato and red onion

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and made up some Sriracha mayo.

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I took one of the plantain slices and spread on the mayo

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and placed on the tofu

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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.

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I took 3 ears like this and cut off the kernels.

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I added 3 tbsp. of butter and 1/2 cup of finely chopped cilantro and stirred.

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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.

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This did not suck! In fact it was absolutely delicious and I would definitely make this again.

Thanks for looking.

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10 hours ago, shuley said:

I like that you put that it did not suck lol. It looks like a tasty meal though.

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Thank you shuley. It was very tasty.

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4 hours ago, Smoke and Awe said:

That is one doozy of a dinner!!  Wonderful use of basket ingredients; wishing I was a judge.  Thanks for all the inspiration.

Thank you Jerri.

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10 hours ago, ckreef said:

I think you deserve an award just for saying it didn't suck - LOL . 

Great entry. 

Thank you ck.

Given tofu's reputation, I thought it was an appropriate compliment. :)

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