Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Dinner Party + Single Bachelor + Crispy Tofu

I recently hosted a dinner party for some friends.

Girlfriends, lovers, babes, boyfriends. You name it. They were all there.

Oh and so was Dave. Hi Dave! He's on the right. Peter is the drunk one on the left. 

Dave is my number one blog fan and my new best friend (besides my Mother....who's still trying to figure out how to get to my blog).  Dave was invited because he reads my blog and always says says nice things. He's tall, dark, Jewish (always good - he loves his Mother!), has a PhD, and owns his own start-up. 

Yes, ladies. He's single. And the man can eat. 

But back to the Dinner Party. There were many courses and I'd like to share with you, over the next week or so, a few of the most stand-out recipes I made. When it all comes down to it though, I think there are 3 key parts to throwing a successful dinner party.

1. Good company. Fun guests go a long way. Trust me. Two of my seven fun guests are pictured below. Look at those smiles!

2. Lots of wine. A bottle per person, at least. We went through 7. No big deal. Right? Right.

The reason why I didn't take as many pictures as I had hoped...

3. The food. It matters! Food is a universal connector. Besides dessert, my guest's favorite dish of the night was the Tofu. Surprising, right? They licked their plates clean!

Crispy Tofu with Sweet Garlic Soy Sauce
Adapted from my Mom's recipe
1 block (14-16 oz) firm tofu, sliced into 1-inch thick blocks
1 cup cornstarch
1 cup cornmeal
3/4 cup vegetable oil (Canola)
Salt and ground black pepper

1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons garlic
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon chili paste
1 green onion, thinly sliced, for garnish
Cilantro leaves, for garnish

1. Prep the Tofu: Pat the tofu dry with paper towels. Tofu holds in a lot of water, so allow it to sit and drain over paper towels for a while (20-30 minutes). Mix the cornstarch and cornmeal in a bowl. Coat the dry tofu in the mix. Make sure each piece of tofu is coated on all sides with this mixture.

2. Make the Sauce: In a small saucepan, over medium heat, combine all the ingredients except the two garnishes (green onion and cilantro). Heat until everything is mixed together; do not bring to a boil. Turn the stove off and put a lid on the pan to keep it warm while you fry the tofu. 

3. Fry the Tofu: In a deep skillet, heat the vegetable oil over high heat until it starts to simmer. Lay a few pieces of the tofu in the pan and cook until golden on each side, about 3 minutes per side. While it fries, sprinkle each side generously with salt and pepper. Once done, remove from the skillet using tongs. Put on a cookie sheet and stick in the oven to keep warm while you finish the rest of the tofu.  

1 comment

  1. Can I just say I loved loved loved the tofu. As well as everything else. See above my licked-clean plate. Thanks Duggan! Les Vegetables were totes delish!