Tofu Sliders With Guacamole

January 23, 2013

Tofu Sliders With Guacamole
Don’t you dare saying that tofu is blunt! I’m so fed up hearing people labeling that tofu as dull, boring, tasteless, useless. It’s none of these things.
Ok, tofu consumed raw it’s not exactly exciting taste-wise. I’m gonna give you that.
But don’t be too hasty mistreating tofu. It is quite a “trooper” and can help you creating many healthy dishes.
Its spongy texture (that many question) is in fact what allows tofu to absorb other foods's flavors. Tofu is also as a great binding agent, just as cheese: minus the fat and the calories.
I guess I could go on for hours trying to convince that tofu has swag, but if I prove it to you right away, I’ll probably save some breath.
So, here we go, let me introduce you to the ultimate tofu sliders: ta-da!

Tofu Sliders WIth Guacamole


Serve these babies to your friends and family during the Super Bowl, and you’re going to stand out, I promise. They’re super-duper healthy and so delicious.
Plus you can make the tofu patties ahead, reheat them, and assemble the sliders last minute. Which is the only proper way to make sliders by the way.
Guacamole is the perfect sauce for these tofu sliders. Preferred toppings include leaf lettuce (not iceberg please), some sliced tomatoes and a tad of oven-baked shoestring fries. It’s Super Bowl night and there must be some crunchy stuff involved.

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Inspired by and adapted from 101Cookbooks and MarthaStewartLiving

Few notes. Don’t be put off by the long list of ingredients, it’s very likely that you already have all you need in your pantry.
Making the patties takes literally 5 minutes, plus 8 minutes for the cooking time.
I used flax eggs but egg whites or whole eggs work just as well, it all comes down to your dietary choices.
Lastly, I’m a believer that sliders call for the use of sweet buns, but that’s just me.

Ingredients
Makes 8 good size sliders

Patties

1 lb / 16 oz / 453 g firm tofu, drained, patted dry, and sliced
2 flax eggs (or 4 egg whites or 2 whole eggs)
½ cup / 1.8 oz / 50 gr whole wheat dried bread crumbs
½ cup / 2.6 oz / 75 gr sunflower seeds
½ cup / 2.6 oz / 75 gr almonds
½ cup / 2 oz / 55 gr sliced white button mushrooms
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
Few drops of Tabasco sauce (optional)

Guacamole

2 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted, and lightly mashed
½ onion, minced
1 jalapeno chile, minced (remove seeds and ribs for less heat)
1 plum tomato, seeded and diced
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Coarse salt to taste
small bunch cilantro, chopped (optional)

Baked-oven shoestring fries

2 russet potatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled
3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for baking sheets
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Toppings

Leaf lettuce, sliced tomatoes, pickles, caramelized onions, your choice of cheese (vegan or non-vegan). Just go with the flow!

Directions

Tofu Sliders

Place the almonds and the sunflower seeds in the bowl of a food processor. Give a few pulses until they’re well ground. Add all the other ingredients. Pulse until the mixture comes together and looks smooth. If it seems a bit thin to you, add more bread crumbs until everything comes together.
Place your largest skillet, lightly greased, over medium heat. When hot, drop about ¼ cup mixture into the pan. Spread into a patty about 2 inches wide and 1 inch thick. Repeat to form more patties in pan.
Cover, and cook turning once, until deeply browned on both sides. Roughly 4 minutes per side. You want to make sure the middle of the patties cook through. If the pan is too hot you'll burn the outsides before the middle cooks up, be mindful of that.

Guacamole

In a bowl, combine avocados, onion, jalapeno, tomato, cilantro (if using), and lime juice. Season with salt, and mix to combine.

Baked-oven shoestring fries

Using your food processor with shredding blade attached (or if you don’t have it a mandoline), cut the potatoes into ultra-thin shapes (or "shoestrings").
Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Lightly coat two baking sheets with oil. Toss together potatoes, oil, and 1 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Dividing evenly among prepared baking sheets, arrange potatoes in a single layer.
Bake, turning potatoes with a metal spatula a few times and rotating sheets halfway through, until crisp and golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer potatoes to a large piece of parchment paper; let cool 5 minutes, then season with salt and pepper.

Assemble sliders

Begin with the bottom bun toasted slightly. Spread generously with guacamole, then the tofu patty. All the other toppings follow. Top it off with your toasted top bun and you're all set.

Nutrition facts

One tofu patty yields 135 calories, 8 grams of fat, 8.3 grams of carbs and 10 grams of protein.

8 comments :

  1. I can't believe they're made with tofu: they look so good!

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  2. Great recipe, thanks for sharing!

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  3. Those shoestring fries look great! As do the sliders. I've always felt ripped off by the lack of vegetarian sliders in the world, and these little tofu sliders look just perfect. I am a fan of plain old tofu though, just pan fried and stuffed into a sandwich, it really floats my boat. I'm sure all fancied up it would be even better (except for the mushrooms, I'm not a fan). Thanks for sharing the recipe, I'll definitely be trying this out!

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  4. Omg, don't those things look delicious?! I want one of them NOW!!! :-)

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  5. Yum! They look delicious! Many thanks for sharing your recipe!

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  6. Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole's Chatter is about burgers. I do hope you link this lovely one in. This is the link . Please do pop back to check out some of the other links – there are a lot of good ones already. Have a great week.

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  7. I have never had a tofu burger, pretty cool! Worcestershire sauce is key for great tasting burgers! Nice recipe :)

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