Portuguese Mains, Veganised traditional Portuguese dishes

Tofu Alentejano

Alentejo is a beautiful area in Portugal, south of Lisbon, I strongly recommend a visit, especially the coastal area. ‘Carne de porco a alentejana’ is a very typical dish not only there but all over the country, made with pork and clam… but not this vegan version! 100% plants and all the flavours! I used tofu but it also works with other meat substitutes such as seitan or tempeh.

Time: about 40 min + marinate time 

Difficulty: 1 pan

Type:main dish

Serves: 2

What you need:

Food:

200g firm tofu cut into small cubes, marinated in: 3 chopped garlic cloves, 1 tbsp paprika, 1/4 tsp white pepper, 1 shredded bay leaf and about 100ml of white wine

1 tbsp vegetable spread

100g sliced white mushrooms

Salt to taste

1 handful chopped coriander, olives and pickles to decorate
700g white potatoes, cut into small cubes and fried

Utensils:

Small container to marinate tofu 

Large frying pan

Knife and chopping board 

Air fryer/frying pan for the potatoes

A serving tray


Directions:

Marinate tofu for at least 2h-the longer the better and more flavoursome it will get;

Once tofu is marinated start prepping potatoes by peeling and cutting them into small cubes and fry- I used air fryer (if frying in oil, remove excess oil with a kitchen towel)-once ready, place potatoes in the serving tray;

For the tofu: heat 1tbsp vegetable spread and add tofu (not yet the marinate sauce) and sliced mushrooms, frying in low for a few minutes;

Add the marinate and cook for a another 3 minutes or so;

Add salt to taste if using; once cooked, spread tofu over potatoes and garnish with chopped coriander, olives and pickle – serve while hot! 

Please note these are only estimated values.

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