Monday, February 1, 2010

Tofu and Potato Cakes

This is a take on a fish cake from an Indian cookbook I have. While the nori flakes do give some sea-like flavour, the end result is nothing like a fish cake, of course, but still tasty. I actually liked these better the next day after being fried up in a pan. I think it's because the potatoes firm up a bit and are less gooey. Still, either version is pretty good and the kids loved them.

Makes 20 cakes
- 1 pkg extra firm tofu
- 4 medium potatoes, peeled, boiled, and coarsely mashed
- 4 green onions, finely chopped
- 1 green chile, seeded, and finely chopped
- 1" piece of ginger, minced
- 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp nori flakes
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3/4 cup soymilk
- 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
1. While potatoes are cooking and cooling, crumble tofu into a bowl. Add green onions, chile, ginger, cilantro, nori flakes, flax seed, cornstarch, and salt and pepper. When potatoes are cool enough to handle, mix into the tofu. Knead a bit with your hands to being it all together.
2. Whisk cider vinegar into soymilk. Shape potato mixture into patties, dip in soy milk, then roll in bread crumbs, pressing the patty into the crumbs to get a good coating. Place on prepared baking sheet.
3. Bake for 30 mins, turning patties after 20 mins. Serve with chili sauce.


Cara Sheppard said...

These sound fabulous! Definitely on the menu this week :)

blessedmama said...

Mmm, always on the lookout for stuff the kiddies will eat. And, I like the addition of flax seed. That's something we're incorporating more and more over here. Another delicious looking post.

grey said...

Interesting. I bought some nori 2 years ago with the intention of blending it up with silken tofu and galangal, chilli and garlic to try and make vegan Thai fish cakes. But I hate nori so its still in the cupboard. Anyway this recipe looks easier than what I had in mind (i wasn't sure how I was going to get it to bind) so I might give yours a try.

Kristine said...

YEAH! YES! this is EXACTLY what I wanted!! Super recipe! THANK YOU!

cage said...

Looks great - I'm going to try this with okara pulp from my soymilk instead of tofu, and maybe some Old Bay!

Oraphan said...

Oh Yum! Your tofu and potato cakes look so yummy!!! I love this simple recipe and all the ingredients are easy to find. So glad to know your kids loved them:)

cammu said...

Looks verry good.

Brenda W. said...

Nathan .. a question on the tofu: is that one 12.3 oz package of the shelf stable silken tofu (Mori-Nu, etc) or one 16 oz package of "regular" tofu that comes packed in water?

Or maybe it doesn't matter, since it looks like the tofu's purpose is as a binder of ingredients.

Thanks for another great recipe! Can't wait to try it.

Vegan Dad said...

The okara is a brilliant idea. I need to make some soymilk . . . .

I use water-packed tofu ( I don;t think silken would be good here since the tofu really is for texture and protein, not binding. You want some small chunks for a little something to chew on.

Suto said...

These look yummy! I will try them next week. Funny, they look like the Japanese potato croquettes that are very popular but alas not usually vegan. I may try them with panko breadcrumbs to make them more Japanese-style. Thanks!

Amie said...

Love the blog (bought the book too). Made this tonight - it was delicious. I had to make a few subs just because of what I had on hand. I used 2 sweet/2 reg potatoes, dulse flakes instead of nori, added a bit of nooch to the breading (1/2 panko, 1/2 italian). I also dredged it in veganaise. It was great! I pan fried it right after it came out of the oven just enough to brown it. I also think a hint of Old Bay seasoning would be fantastic.

tasteofbeirut said...

I have had a couple of boxes of tofu forever in the fridge; you are giving me some great ideas on how to use it!

Vegan Fox said...

These look fantastic! I'm sure these will be on the menu in the near future, thanks!

Em said...

I had these the next day and they were very nice.

We served them with a vegan wasabi mayo. Just perfect.

marylamb said...

I also used half sweet potato and half regular potato, because I love me some sweet potatoes. And I added some panko to the bread crumb mix along with a little salt and pepper. DELICIOUS! I am excited to bring this to the 4th of July party today. Thanks vegandad.

marylamb said...

I also used half sweet potato and half regular potato because I love me some sweet potato. I also added panko, salt and pepper to the bread crumb mix. DELICIOUS! I am excited to bring this to the 4th of July party today. Thanks vegandad!