This is how we do Thanksgiving

Dish #1: Mashed potatoes. Not posting a recipe for these because they are easy peasy and you probably already know how to make them.


Happy to be reunited and spending time together:)

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Dish #2: Breaded tofu with sesame orange glaze

Step 1: Press the tofu for at least 4 hours. This really improves the texture. Wrap tofu with paper towels and place on a cutting board. Put saran wrap over and cover with as many heavy books as you can reasonably stack, like so:




Step 2a: Bread the tofu. Dip each piece in flour (whole wheat = gummier texture, plain white = crispier texture), then egg, then panko crumbs. Place breaded tofu on a greased cookie sheet.

We’re not kidding– this is a two-person job. One person should bread the tofu while the other person works on the glaze. This is a time-consuming dish, which is why we did it for  Thanksgiving and not on a weeknight.


Breading tofu for eternity.



Once all the tofu is breaded, bake at 350°F for about 30 minutes or until crispy on all sides. Flip every 10 minutes so they don’t stick and get an even crisp.

Step 2b: Make the glaze, to be done while the tofu is being breaded.

Glaze ingredients (for 1 block of tofu, adjust accordingly):

1/2 cup white vinegar

1/4 cup sugar

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1/2 cup orange juice (roughly 2 oranges) + orange zest

1 teaspoon 5 China spice blend

1/2 tablespoon corn starch

1/2 – 1 tablespoon sesame oil

Sriracha or other hot sauce to taste

Mix all glaze ingredients and stir. Glaze will start out a weird brown color. Tun the heat on low and keep stirring. This will take quite a bit of time to reduce. The texture should be slightly runnier than honey.


It will eventually reduce to a dark sticky reddish brown.


Dish #3, #4, #5: We also made salad, sweet coconut rolls, and BBQ chicken (no turkey this year). I assume you all know how to make salad, and the sweet coconut rolls were not good enough to post a recipe. BBQ chicken recipe is for another time. Enjoy a picture of pre-oven coconut rolls.


Step 3: When the tofu is done baking and the sauce is done reducing, put the tofu in a bowl and pour the sauce over it. Mix well and serve.


Here is our table all set up:


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2 Responses to This is how we do Thanksgiving

  1. Dan says:

    That looks incredible, wish I was at your house for the meal! I use the EZ Tofu Press when pressing the tofu and it saves me hours….may want to look into one as it works great and gives the texture you are looking for. thank you.

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