Spicy Sweet & Sour Tofu with Sesame Green Beans & Cherry Tomatoes

Spicy Sweet & Sour Tofu

with Sesame Green Beans & Cherry Tomatoes

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With origins in the Chinese province of Hunan, sweet and sour sauces have become a classic in Chinese restaurants across the U.S. To dress our golden, pan-crisped tofu, we’re recreating the delectable sauce with a few twists: a bit of barbecue-like hoisin and red chile sauce for a kick of heat. We’re serving the tofu with sautéed green beans and colorful cherry tomatoes, for a fresh, summery side.

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Prepare the ingredients & make the sauce:
1 Prepare the ingredients & make the sauce:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Heat a medium pot of salted water to boiling on high. Snap off and discard the stem ends of the green beans. Drain the tofu; large dice. Peel and mince the garlic. Quarter the tomatoes. In a large bowl, combine the ketchup, hoisin sauce, vinegar and as much of the sambal oelek as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be.

Cook the rice:
3 Cook the rice:

While the green beans cook, in a small pot, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt and 1½ cups of water; heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cover and reduce the heat to low. Cook 12 to 14 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Remove from heat and fluff the cooked rice with a fork. Set aside in a warm place.

Coat & cook the tofu:
4 Coat & cook the tofu:

While the rice cooks, pat the tofu dry with paper towels. Place in a large bowl; season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Add the cornstarch; toss to thoroughly coat. In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a thin layer of oil on medium-high until hot. Once the oil is hot enough that a piece of tofu sizzles immediately when added to the pan, add the coated tofu (shaking off any excess cornstarch) in a single layer. Cook, turning occasionally, 13 to 15 minutes, or until browned on all sides. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; immediately season with salt and pepper. Carefully discard the oil and wipe out the pan.

Dress the tofu:
5 Dress the tofu:

Transfer the cooked tofu to the bowl of sauce; toss to thoroughly coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside in a warm place.

Cook the vegetables & plate your dish:
6 Cook the vegetables & plate your dish:

In the same pan, heat the sesame oil on medium-high until hot. Add the garlic and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the tomatoes and blanched green beans; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until softened. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide the cooked rice, dressed tofu and cooked vegetables between 2 dishes. Enjoy!

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1 Prepare the ingredients & make the sauce:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Heat a medium pot of salted water to boiling on high. Snap off and discard the stem ends of the green beans. Drain the tofu; large dice. Peel and mince the garlic. Quarter the tomatoes. In a large bowl, combine the ketchup, hoisin sauce, vinegar and as much of the sambal oelek as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be.

Cook the rice:
3 Cook the rice:

While the green beans cook, in a small pot, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt and 1½ cups of water; heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cover and reduce the heat to low. Cook 12 to 14 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Remove from heat and fluff the cooked rice with a fork. Set aside in a warm place.

4 Coat & cook the tofu:

While the rice cooks, pat the tofu dry with paper towels. Place in a large bowl; season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Add the cornstarch; toss to thoroughly coat. In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a thin layer of oil on medium-high until hot. Once the oil is hot enough that a piece of tofu sizzles immediately when added to the pan, add the coated tofu (shaking off any excess cornstarch) in a single layer. Cook, turning occasionally, 13 to 15 minutes, or until browned on all sides. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; immediately season with salt and pepper. Carefully discard the oil and wipe out the pan.

Coat & cook the tofu:
Dress the tofu:
5 Dress the tofu:

Transfer the cooked tofu to the bowl of sauce; toss to thoroughly coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside in a warm place.

6 Cook the vegetables & plate your dish:

In the same pan, heat the sesame oil on medium-high until hot. Add the garlic and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the tomatoes and blanched green beans; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until softened. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide the cooked rice, dressed tofu and cooked vegetables between 2 dishes. Enjoy!

Cook the vegetables & plate your dish: