Ari bought Vegan Cooking for Carnivores by Roberto Martin over the summer so he could work on cooking vegan food for us as he is not a vegan. The title seemed like a good fit and he's made quite a few tasty recipes from it. Last week I made my first recipe from the book myself.
Tofu Crab Cakes With Simple Slaw
From "Vegan Cooking for Carnivores," by Roberto Martin. Makes 24 crab cakes.
¼ head green cabbage, shredded (about 2 cups)
1 fat carrot, peeled and grated
1 tablespoon vegan mayonnaise
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ bunch scallions, green parts only, cut on the bias
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
QUICK CRAB CAKE SAUCE
¼ cup whole-grain mustard
½ cup vegan mayonnaise
Juice of ½ small lemon
2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
TOFU CRAB CAKES
One 14- to 16-ounce block firm organic tofu
2 teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons high-heat oil, like safflower or grapeseed
6 medium celery stalks, minced
½ bunch scallions, white and green parts
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons toasted nori1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
½ cup panko bread crumbs, plus 2 cups for crusting cup vegan mayonnaise
For slaw: Mix the first five ingredients in a medium bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper.
For sauce: Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl and refrigerate.
For tofu crab cakes: Cut the tofu into slices and press through a potato ricer or roughtly chop it and pulse it in a food processor fitted with a steel blade until minced but not puréed. Set aside.
Heat a medium sauté pan over high heat. Add the 2 teaspoons of oil and wait until it shimmers. Add the celery and scallions and cook until the celery has softened. Allow the vegetables to cool slightly. Mix the tofu and celery mixture in a medium bowl and fold in the garlic powder, nori, Old Bay seasoning, ½ cup bread crumbs, and vegan mayonnaise.
Place the remaining 2 cups of bread crumbs in a pie pan or shallow bowl and set aside. Shape a heaping tablespoon of the mixture into a small disk and gently press both sides into the bread crumbs. Using the palm of your hand, gently press the bread crumbs into the cake. Place the uncooked tofu crab cakes on a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet or on a large plate.
Heat a large nonstick sauté pan over high heat, add 2 tablespoons of high-heat oil, and wait until the oil shimmers. Place the tofu crab cakes in the pan and cook until brown, hot, and crispy. Transfer to paper towels to absorb excess oil.
Place each crab cake over a mound of slaw and dollop each cake with the sauce.
Read more:Going vegan, family style: New vegan fare makes an animal-free diet tastier than ever - The Denver Posthttp://www.denverpost.com/food/ci_20622622/new-vegan-fare-makes-an-animal-free-diet#ixzz25GZaLc4C
Okay so maybe these doesn't make the appetizing photo (plate of brown anyone?), but I swear it was yummy. I definitely need to work on the whole food photography thing. When I saw 24 crabs cakes, I was a bit overwhelmed, however, the cakes are pretty small. It's easy to eat 6-10 cakes per person.
I also used some baby carrots instead of a regular carrot and I also used italian style bread crumbs instead of panko, but it was still delicious with the substitutions.
I think this is our fourth or fifth recipe from this book that was a success. Appetite for Reduction is still my absolute favorite, but so far Vegan Cooking for Carnivores is coming in a pretty close second!