I know, I teased you all a few weeks ago by sharing a photo of this recipe on twitter, and then I took forever to post it. My sincerest apologies!! It’s always amazing how real life just blows up all of a sudden. Sadly, when that happens blogging has to take a back seat, since I need to work to pay the bills and buy all this delicious food that I’m cooking up. Anyway, enough with the excuses! My boyfriend Stephen always says, “Don’t make excuses, make improvements.” I think I’ll add “and make more food” to the end of that. So enough of my jabbering, let me go through the recipe for tasty, healthy, and a soon-to-be favorite for you: seasoned tofu fries!
1 block extra firm tofu, pressed & drained for a few hours
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp paprika
dash of cayenne pepper
dashes of salt & pepper
1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
So, I realize that may seem like a lot of dry ingredients. But you really want to coat these suckers. And if you have leftover seasoning mix, it is phenomenal on the top of twice baked potatoes, or even regular potato fries. I’m contemplating leaving a mixture of this in my pantry at all times, just because it’s so delicious. And if you feel the balance of flavors in the seasoning is off, then change the ratios! Everyone likes different tastes, so you may not like it how I do. This recipe is very free and tough to mess up, so add whatever you want!
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Take out your drained tofu (very important that as much water as possible is pressed out of it, or your fries will be soggy), and cut it into thin strips. I ended up with 12 thick, good-sized fries. Throw these strips in a tupperware container with a lid, and toss with the olive oil to coat the strips evenly. Soak up any extra olive oil in the bottom with a paper towel and throw it away. Once that’s done, set aside the tofu.
In a small bowl, mix all of your dry ingredients except the Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle a couple teaspoons of the seasoning mix over the tofu, close the lid and shake gently to coat. Add seasoning mix as necessary to get the tofu as coated as you would like.
Arrange tofu strips on foil over a cookie sheet, and pop them in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes, then flip the tofu fries and bake for 20 more minutes. Continue baking and flipping at 5 minute increments until you get the fries to your desired crispiness. Once the fries are as crispy as you want them, remove from oven and immediately sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top (optional).
Eat them plain, or with ketchup, buffalo sauce, ranch, pesto, or any favorite dipping sauce. Enjoy this healthy and delicious french fry alternative!