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Buffalo Style Tofu Strips

45 min

Appetizer

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There are several stories circulating about the invention of 'buffalo sauce'. One story tells that this popular sauce was born in 1964 at a bar in Buffalo, New York, where the owner used this sauce to create tasty snacks for her son and his friends. Whether or not this is the real origin story of the buffalo sauce, we're thankful to its inventor, 'cuz the sauce is darn delicious!

tofu strips

Total

45 min

Prep

15 min

Cook

30 min

Contains

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Ingredients

Tofu base

  • 15.8 oz (450 g)
    extra firm tofu, pressed
  • ¼ cup (32 g)
    cornstarch
  • ½ cup (120 mL)
    unsweetened soy milk
  • ½ cup (54 g)
    breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp (2 g)
    paprika powder
  • ½ tsp
    ground cumin
  • ½ tsp
    garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp
    ground black pepper

Buffalo sauce

Vegan ranch dip

  • ½ cup (120 mL)
    vegan mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL)
    unsweetened soy milk
  • 1 Tbsp (6 g)
  • ½ Tbsp (7 mL)
    fresh lemon juice

Optional garnish

  • fresh chives
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Directions

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  1. Preheat the oven to 430°F (220°C).
  2. Press the tofu to drain off as much liquid as possible, then cut into sticks about 5 cm long and 1 cm thick.
  3. Prepare 3 large shallow bowls: the first one with cornstarch; the second with milk; and the third with the mixture of bread crumbs, paprika powder, cumin, garlic powder, and pepper.
  4. Dip the tofu sticks in the cornstarch first, making sure to evenly coat it. Use your hands to brush off any clumps of cornstarch as we only want a thin layer coating the strips. 
  5. Then dunk the strips into the milk, letting any excess liquid drip off, before transferring the strips to the breadcrumb mixture. Roll to evenly coat.  
  6. Transfer the coated strips onto a parchment-lined baking tray. Bake in the centre-rack of the oven for 25 - 30 minutes, or until the sticks are golden, flipping once halfway.  
  7. Next, make the buffalo sauce. To a large pan on medium-high heat, add the hot sauce, butter, and onion powder. Stir and cook until the butter has melted, then remove from the heat.   
  8. When the tofu sticks are finished baking, remove them from the oven. When they are still warm, but cool enough to handle, dip them into the buffalo sauce. Let any excess sauce drip off, before transferring the sticks to a serving plate. 
  9. To make the vegan ranch dip: mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  10. Serve the buffalo tofu sticks with the vegan ranch, or serve them on mini tortillas with avocado, lettuce, and the ranch sauce drizzled overtop. Enjoy!

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