April 20, 2010

Pad Thai Tofu Pizza

I got the inspiration for this dish from the love of Thai food, but more specifically, chicken pad Thai. I don't consider myself any thing close to a vegan, but as a foodie, I like to keep an open mind. I've never had the pleasure of working with tofu and so I figured there is no time like the present. I also choose tofu because it's a healthy alternative to fatty and calorie dense meats. Tofu is known as a
beancurd and is made by boiling soy beans, mashing and then sieving them to make soy milk. The milk is then curdled with a coagulant and then pressed into different types. I'm using firm organic tofu from Trader Joes for this recipe. Firm tofu is sold in solid blocks and can be cubed or sliced and used in all sorts of dishes. Tofu alone is quite tasteless, but can readily take on other flavors, when introduced. I Started with a Pad Thai inspired marinade listed below.

Pad Thai Marinade
1/4 cup rice vinegar
3 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/3 c splenda
2 tsp oyster sauce
1 1/2 tbsp tamarind paste
1 1/2 tsp peanut butter
1 tsp seasame oil
1 tsp garlic chili paste
1 tsp ground ginger
fresh cracked black pepper

Combine all ingredients and whisk until combined
Slice tofu into 1/2 inch cubes, place in a medium bowl, add marinade and place in the frig for at least 1 hour.

Pad Thai Pizza Sauce
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp sesame oil
1/4 cup rice vinegar
3 tbsp of tomato paste
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup splenda
2 tsp ginger
fresh black pepper to taste
Pad Thai marinade

Heat olive oil and sesame oil in a medium size pan over med-high heat, add garlic and cook until light brown. Add rice vinegar and reduce to about half, then add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes. The sauce is ready.

Whole wheat crust, prebaked - Recipe
sliced red onions
chopped scallions
marinaded tofu
chopped celery
sliced mushrooms
shaved carrots
Bean spouts
chopped peanuts
Pizza blend cheese

The proportions of the ingredients are up to you.
Baked at 500 for about 12 mins or until cheese is melted, bubbling, and slightly brown. Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. This looks amazing. We love Pad thai and making pizza, definitely need to put this on the to do list. Thank you.