Vegan Tofu Jerkey
2 blocks firm tofu
1/2 can tomato paste
1/4 cup natural sweetner or brown sugar
1/4 cup tamari
2 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
garlic powder to taste
coarse black pepper-lots
canola oil for frying
salt to taste
(liquid smoke opt.)
THIS IS NOT LOW-CALORIE, but it is so good I wanted to share it. Make it as a treat if you aren't feeling especially fat conscious. We love this stuff.
Slice tofu into strips, fry on high heat until slightly brown, cool on paper towels and set aside. Heat oven to 350.
In a saucepan, combine tomato paste, vegan sugar, tamari ginger, garlic and black pepper to your liking. Cook on medium heat for about 15 minutes. Taste regularly as this creates a syrupy mixture and adjust the ingredients to your liking.
Toss 1/2 the sauce mixture with the fried tofu strips, then bake in the oven until bubbly, crispy at the edges. Let it cool a bit, then glaze with the rest of the mixture.
Its not as leathry as other jerkeys, but I can't think of another good name for it. It should be kind of tough when the product is finished. Let it cool for best results.