1 pound firm tofu
1/2 cup fine bread or cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon powdered kelp
3 tablespoons olive oil or 1 egg, beaten
Easy Tartar Sauce:
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish or chopped sweet pickles
Place tofu in shallow pan. Press out water by placing a weighted cutting board on tofu. Let tofu sit 15 to 30 minutes. Drain water.
In a pie plate or shallow bowl, combine crumbs, seeds, nutritional yeast flakes, paprika, and kelp.
Turn block of tofu on its side, and cut tofu in half lengthwise. Turn tofu back to widest side, and cut tofu into 1/2-inch slices across shorter end. You should have 12 pieces.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Oil baking sheet. Pour olive oil or beaten egg into a shallow dish. Place tofu in oil or egg, and turn to coat all sides. Next, carefully roll sticks in breading mixture until coated.
Place breaded tofu sticks on prepared baking sheet. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, turning once, or until brown and crisp. Serve with tartar sauce for dipping.
Yield: 4 servings
Note: Buy all-natural tartar sauce, or make your own as follows:
Mix mayonnaise and pickles together. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
Yield: 1/4 cup
Note: If you don't eat eggs, check your natural food store for an egg-free or soy mayonnaise.