So, I mentioned that I hadn’t stuck completely raw this past week; here is something delicious that I made. It was quick, easy, healthy and utilized the entire veggie, which I really like. Also the turnip made the dish; the crunchy sweetness really changed it up and made the dish surprising and lovely.
This recipe comes from the NY Times Cooking Section! Get the original here.
- 10 ounces firm tofu , drained and cut in chunks
- 1 bunch baby turnips, with greens (about 1 pound total)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons soy sauce (to taste)
- 1 tablespoon Chinese cooking sherry (Shaoxing rice wine) or dry sherry
- ¼ cup chicken stock, vegetable stock or water
- 1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar
- 2 tablespoons peanut, canola, rice bran, sunflower or grape seed oil
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 1 bunch spring onions or 2 to 3 bunches scallions, sliced, white and light green parts only, sliced (about 1 1/4 cups)
- ½ cup coarsely chopped cilantro
- 1 bunch chopped brassica flowers (optional…I just had them from my csa share)
- 1 tbls. sriracha (optional but highly recommended)
- Drain and dry tofu slices on paper towels. In a small bowl or measuring cup combine soy sauce, rice wine or sherry, stock or water, and honey or agave nectar. Have all ingredients within arm’s length of your wok.
- Cut away greens from baby turnips. Scrub turnips and if very small, cut in half; if larger than a Ping-Pong ball, quarter. Stem greens, wash leaves in 2 changes of water and chop coarsely. Set aside near your wok.
- Heat a 14-inch flat-bottomed wok over high heat until a drop of water evaporates within a second or two when added to the pan. Swirl in 1 tablespoon of the oil by adding it to the sides of the pan and swirling the pan, then add tofu and stir-fry until lightly colored, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove to a plate.
- Swirl in remaining oil, add garlic and ginger and stir-fry for no more than 10 seconds. Add onions and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add turnips and stir-fry for another minute or 2, then add salt and pepper, toss together and add soy sauce mixture. Add greens and stir-fry for 1 to 2 minutes, until vegetables are crisp-tender.
- Return tofu to the wok along with the cilantro and brassica flowers. Stir-fry for 1 minute and remove from heat. Add sriracha and mix. Serve with hot grains or noodles.
Such an interesting and unusual way to use turnips, and they taste terrific in this.