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:)
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: