Monday, September 1, 2008

Tofu Skewers with Peanut Sauce

Tofu Skewers with Peanut Sauce
(Serves 6)

1 Package Extra Firm Tofu
2 tbsp Sesame oil
2 tbsp Low sodium soy sauce
½ tsp ground ginger
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 package cherry tomatoes
1 large green zucchini
1 large, summer squash
12-15 bamboo skewers

Peanut Sauce

¾ cup coconut milk
½ cup peanut butter
2 garlic cloves (minced)
1 ½ tsp curry powder
1 ½ tbsp brown sugar
Juice of one lime
1 tbsp canola oil
1 ½ tsp soy sauce

1. Remove the tofu from its package and drain. Place tofu in a plastic bag, put a plate on top then place a weight on top of the plate (we use a jar of dried peas). Let the tofu sit for 30 minutes.
2. Mix the red pepper, sesame oil, soy sauce and ginger in a bowl.
3. Remove the tofu from the bag, slice into 1 inch chunks then add to the marinade. Let the tofu marinate for 30 minutes to an hour.

4. While the tofu is marinating, add all the ingredients for the peanut sauce into a food processor and blend until a smooth sauce is formed. Transfer the sauce to a bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.

5. Soak the bamboo skewers in cold water for 20-30 minutes.
6. Cut the zucchini and summer squash into chunks.
7. On each bamboo skewer alternate a piece of tofu, red bell pepper, green zucchini, cherry tomato and summer squash until they are all gone. (If your kids like mushrooms, feel free to add them in too).
8. Place the skewers on a sheet of aluminum foil and then grill them on each side until the veggies are cooked and the tofu is crispy and brown. You can also bake the skewers in a 425 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.
9. Serve the tofu skewers either on the stick (for older kids) or remove from the skewer and serve on a plate. Serve with the sauce on the side for dipping or drizzle it over the tofu and veggies on the plate.
We (meaning my husband Nick) made these to bring to Kara's BBQ. I know for a fact that they went over famously with Neko however I'm not sure they were a toddler crowd favorite. I know a couple of the adults enjoyed them though! The peanut sauce was delicious enough to bathe in. (That's good.) The night of the BBQ while being put to bed Neko requested that Daddy sing a song about "tofood". That's got to be a good sign!


Ana Mitra said...

Hi Celeste and Kara,

This is one of our favorites! I made the Peanut Sauce this weekend to take to a cookout. I wasn't sure how much I would need, so I made a double batch. I had lots leftover! I froze it in ice cube trays to use for stir fry. It worked fabulously!

Kara said...

Mmm, I remember Celeste left a big tub of the leftover sauce in my fridge after that BBQ. I think I just ate it with a spoon :-p Thanks for the tip on freezing the leftover sauce - I love having stuff on hand in the freezer for quick dinners!!