Thursday, April 17, 2008

Tofu "Chicken" and Waffles

Down South, fried chicken and waffles is special meal reserved for special occasion brunches. It sounds weird, but people seem to like it. When I ate meat, I never tried the two together. But I felt like no Southern vegan cookbook would be complete without a some recipe combining faux chicken and waffles.

So I give you the Southern Fried Tofu "Chicken" and Waffle Sandwich with Maple-Dijon Sauce:



Wow! This was huge (that was all I had for dinner, mind you ... no room for a side dish) and very satisfying. First, I had to develop a recipe for Southern Fried Tofu Chicken. If you saw yesterday's post, you know the batter involves beer. Nothing beats beer-battered, fried food.



In my cookbook, I'm going to suggest that people also use this batter for seitan or even tempeh. I thought seitan would be too toothsome sandwiched between soft waffles, so I chose tofu for this dish. The tofu was marinated overnight in a faux chicken broth.

As for the waffle, I took all the sweet, dessert-like ingredients out of my Cinnamon Pecan Waffle recipe (which I blogged about a few weeks ago) to create a Savory Sandwich Waffle. Also on the sandwich are Roma tomatoes and baby spinach. The sauce is made from Dijon mustard, maple syrup, and Veganaise.

BTW, I'm going to Nashville for the weekend, so this will be my last post until Sunday. Saturday is my boyfriend's birthday. From here on out, I'll refer to him as the Dutchman because he's Dutch, and I like cute boyfriend blog names...hopefully, I'll have some pics of the Dutchman's birthday cake to share when I return.

15 comments:

romina said...

Move over KFC!! Wow. That looks so good!! makes me want to eat waffles for dinner.

Alice (in Veganland) said...

waffles with tofu chicken? so weird... but hey! who am I to judge!? It actually looks very yummy, specially the tofu chicken.
Have fun with the Dutchman!

VeggieGirl said...

Now THAT is a fun dish to "veganize" - the classic chicken & waffles!! Love it!! :0D

Jennifer said...

A 'chicken' and waffle sandwich. I have to admit, that is a combination I've never heard of!

Interesting. Makes me wish I had a waffle iron.

Cindy Mc said...

Having just found out I'm allergic to milk, eggs and hence all dairy products, I may have to start experimenting with some of your fare! Bet you thought you'd never hear me say THAT! Cool blog by the way--looks great.

operaticfoodie said...

Oh my god I can't tell you HOW excited I am to have found your blog!! I'm in Memphis too, and I had no idea that there were so many vegan food happenings around town! I feel like I've had my head in the sand or something...
And that Food Awareness group sounds fantastic! I've been to Wild Oats only a couple hundred thousand times, but I've never heard about it! What do you do for the Flyer? I'm a huge fan of it.
Also, kudos on veganizing chicken and waffles! I know a lot of people whose jaws would drop at the thought of fake fried chicken!

Happy Herbivore! said...

ugh, when can i preorder your cookbook?

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

I'm with Happy Herbivore! I never ever thought to make a waffle sandwich like that, but it sounds amazingly good-- and so creative.

P.S. I like your boyfriend's title... I'm going to have to think of a title for mine. Tell him "happy birthday" for me!

Sheridan said...

That sandwich looks monstrous and TASTY! I wanna try!

poopiebitch said...

I am so proud to be able to say that I was there for the conception of the 'Dutchman'! Well, not the conception of HIM, just of his nickname :)

Veganizing chicken and waffles... is there anything you CAN'T do?

Happy birthday Dutchman!

Veggie said...

"chicken" and waffles, what a strange combination, i've never heard of that one before.

The tofu chicken sounds really good on it's own though.

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

Your batter looks delicious. And being from SC, I've had quite a bit of fried food in my day. Can't wait for the cookbook.

Kumquat Peekapoo said...

I've never heard of this Southern tradition before, but it looks very yummy!

Theresa said...

Mmm, battered and fried! And vegan! My idea of heaven!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

I will be right over for that sandwich, thanks.