The challenge for Day 15 of Vegan Mofo is: OMG, Barack Obama is coming over because he knows you make awesome vegan food! What are you going to make?
Well, the last time the President was in Texas, he had barbecue. Texans are very proud of their barbecue, that's for sure. So, I wouldn't want to bore him by serving that to him. Instead I will go with another commonly served dish here. Chicken Fried Steak...er Tofu! The man has to know he won't get steak from any vegans, you know. And right now, with the temps dropping, it is kind of paradise here!
Chicken Fried Tofu
1/2 c. flour
1/4 c. cornmeal
3/4 t. salt
1 t. black pepper
pinch of ground red pepper
1/4 t. garlic powder
One package extra firm tofu, frozen, boiled, pressed, sliced into triangles
2 T. vegan bacon drippings
Non dairy milk
In a shallow bowl, stir together the flour, cornmeal, salt, black pepper, red pepper, and garlic powder. Pour milk into a second shallow bowl.
In a frying pan, heat some oil with the vegan bacon drippings.
Dip the sliced tofu first into the milk, then into the dry mixture, making sure all sides are coated. Lay slices in the heated oil, and fry on medium, until golden. Remove to paper towels to soak up oil.
Pour out all but a couple of tablespoons of the oil. Stir in a couple of tablespoons of the flour mixture, and some of the milk and stir, stir, stir, until thickened.
Pour some of the gravy over your tofu steak. I like to serve mine with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans. Which, of course, is exactly what I would serve up to President Obama on this momentous occasion.
Oh, and if you are curious about the vegan bacon drippings, this is what I used:
Finally I get to try it! And, by the way, it's delicious!