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Beer-Battered Tofu Sticks with Ranch Dressing

What you need: 

Ranch Dressing:
1 cup vegan mayonnaise (I use Vegenaise)
1/3 cup vegan sour cream
1/4 cup unsweetened nondairy milk (I use almond)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon dried or fresh chives
1 tablespoon dried parsley (or 2 tablespoons fresh, chopped)
1 teaspoon dried dill
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard Tofu Sticks:
1 (14 ounce) package extra firm tofu, drained and pressed
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup beer (preferably ale)
1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs
11/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 rounded teaspoon black pepper
canola oil, as needed for the pan

What you do: 

1. Prepare the ranch dressing by combining all ingredients in a bowl. Mix until thoroughly combined. Set aside.Cut tofu into 3/4” wide sticks. Pat dry.
2. In a small mixing bowl, mix together flour and beer until smooth. In a separate bowl, mix together panko, salt, paprika and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons canola oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat.
3. Dip each tofu stick into the wet mixture, then the dry mixture, turning to coat all sides. Carefully place into preheated pan and fry until golden brown on all sides.
4. Add additional oil if needed. Using a slotted spatula, remove the tofu sticks and place on a couple of paper towels to remove excess oil. Repeat until all tofu sticks have been prepared. Serve with ranch dressing.
Source of recipe: I wrote this recipe because I love tofu, beer-battered items and ranch dressing. I found that the three go together very well!

Preparation Time: 
30-40 minutes, Cooking time: 15-20 minutes
Cooking Time: 
15-20 minutes
Servings: 
10-14

SO HOW'D IT GO?

These were soo goood!! ;)
I did not have beer, so I used buttermilk..using 1 TBL of vinegar with 1 cup of soymilk, and 1 egg replacer....it came out looking just the same. My kids loved it. I did marinate my tofu first however with braggs aminos, crushed garlic cloves, and some cajun spice & nut butter. Next time I will try with beer to see any difference...but these were great. Thanks for the recipe! :)>>> :)>>>

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