Portuguese Mains, Veganised traditional Portuguese dishes

Tofu ‘lagareiro’ style

Well, if this doesn’t look like a traditional Portuguese dish, I don’t know what would. Yes, you guessed it correctly, it is inspired in another famous way of cooking codfish. But hey, leave those poor creatures alone for a minute and try this version. All the deliciousness, none of the cruelty – I say give it a go!

type: main dish

time: 40 minutes

difficulty: 2 pans

serves: 2-3

What you need:

1 block of firm tofu (about 300-400g)

1 nori sheet

garlic powder

soya sauce

2 garlic cloves finely chopped

2 bay leaves, shredded

white pepper

olive oil

about 600g baby potatoes

1 lemon sliced

2 tbsp chopped coriander

half of a small white cabbage (optional)

Utensils:

2 pans

2 baking trays

knife and chopping board

Directions:

Wash potatoes and boil them for about 5 minutes; Switch on the oven at 200 degrees Celsius;

Meanwhile, chop garlic and coriander;

Cut tofu into 8 squares (no need to remove excess water) and place them in a baking tray. On top of each slice put a square of nori sheet (it should stick to it as tofu is still moist);

On top of tofu slices, sprinkle a good amount of garlic powder, pepper, shredded bay leaves and soya sauce; Add chopped garlic and a good splash of olive oil; Bake for about 30 minutes;

Remove potatoes from boiling water, places them in a baking tray with a little olive oil and bake until tender (about 20-25 minutes);

Cut cabbage and boil for about 15-20 minutes (optional);

Once potatoes are baked, remove from the oven. With the back of a spoon or using your fist, punch each potato gently to open them a little (I used my fist wrapped up in kitchen towel so I didn’t burn myself); Place potatoes in the oven again for another 5 minutes;

Tofu is ready when it presents a golden colour (as you see in the picture);

Serve with a sprinkle of coriander on top and a few slices of lemon.

Tip: if you have any sauce left in the tofu baking tray, it’s lovely to use on top of the cabbage (or whatever greens you decided to have with it).

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