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Meatless Monday: Tofu al Pastor

September 23rd 12:09pm, 2013

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Traditional al pastor bathes pork in a marinade with dried chiles and pineapple, then grills it on a vertical spit. Don’t worry – we won’t be putting tofu on a vertical grill. I decided to use the al pastor marinade with some cubed tofu and rice.

Tofu al Pastor
6 Servings

8 dried ancho chiles, stems and seeds removed
4 cloves garlic
1 tsp. dried oregano
½ tsp. cumin
½ tsp. cayenne
2½ tsp. Kosher salt, divided
1 cup vegetable stock or water
1 20-oz. can pineapple chunks
1 lb. firm tofu, cubed
1 onion, julienned
2 Tbsp. canola oil
2 cups cooked rice
1 head romaine, chopped
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Juice of 2 limes, divided
½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 tomatoes, sliced, for garnish
Warm corn tortillas
Hot sauce (optional)

• In a large bowl, cover the dried chiles with 2 quarts of boiling water and let them sit 30 minutes to rehydrate.
• Remove the chiles from the water and place them in a food processor, along with the garlic, oregano, cumin, cayenne and 2 teaspoons salt. Pulse to combine.
• Add the vegetable stock and the juice from the can of pineapple to the food processor and puree until smooth. Pass the mixture through a fine mesh strainer.
• Place the tofu in the marinade and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
• Place a wok over high heat. Once it is smoking, add the canola oil and the onion and saute a couple minutes, until the onion is translucent.
• Add the cooked rice and stir. Using a slotted spoon, remove the tofu from the marinade and add it to the wok. Add the pineapple chunks and cooks until heated through, about 2 minutes. Add half the lime juice and stir. Remove the wok from the heat.
• In a separate bowl, toss the romaine and cilantro with the olive oil and remaining lime juice. Season with the remaining salt and pepper.
• Place some tofu and salad on a warm tortilla. Garnish with the sliced tomato and your favorite hot sauce, if desired.

 

 

By Anne Marie and Dan Lodholz

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One Response to “Meatless Monday: Tofu al Pastor”

  1. JHope Says:
    September 30th, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    I tried this recipe in hopes of a new and exciting twist on vegetarian taco night. I was solely disappointed, especially considering the time that went into preparing this dish that it turned out nothing like the saucy deliciousness pictured above. Tofu stayed soft and sauce was thin. Boo.

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