As the new year begins, I have found a new sense of clarity when it comes to the type of recipes I want to create and the message I want to share.
I have come to realize that I want my work to be a reminder to notice the beauty in the details, in the process. I want to make more space for magic and sacredness in my creation process.
And that means approaching photography, styling, recipe development, in a more conscious and connected way.
This recipe is a first step in that direction.
This Panko Crusted Tofu Burger idea actually came from Sam who was craving a burger like this one. With an evening ahead of us, we put some music on, and made it happen. Following each step of this very recipe until we had in our hands this epic, comforting, and delicious burger.
I am really excited to be sharing this recipe with you and I hope that this year, through the recipes I put out, I inspire you to also slow down in the day to day and spend more time noticing the beauty in the mundane, in the simple motions you go through, as simple as massaging kale to the rhythm of your favorite song.
When it comes to the ingredients used in this recipe, below are the ones I used. I did not include other garnishes (outside of the massaged kale and garlicky mayo), because they are just suggestions. I encourage you to fill this burger with whatever you heart and tastebuds desire.
For any modifications, refer to the Swaps & Comments section.
Extra Firm Tofu: The protein of this burger. It is a great carrier of flavour and has a lovely texture that pairs really well with the crispy panko.
Brown Rice Flour: I have found that any time I use brown rice flour in my batters (before panko), the crispy layer is always extra crispy. So I have stuck with it through the years.
Unsweetened Soy Milk: This is the milk I always have at home so I used it for the batter.
Garlic Powder: Garlic makes savory dish taste better in my opinion so I added a touch of it in the batter.
Sea Salt: Just because you need your patty to be a little salty, right?
Smoked Paprika: After testing the recipe a few times, I found that adding smoked paprika made the flavor burger patty more interesting and I loved the smokiness it added.
Black Pepper: Just for a little kick.
Panko: It gives the tofu that ultra crispy exterior.
Cooking spray: This makes the outer crispy layer extra crispy. It is not necessary, but I would highly suggest using it.
Kale: When massaged, it turns this soft, luxurious, bright green, making it a perfect vegetable to add to burgers.
Pickle juice: Bright and tangy, it complements the kale and the mayo really well.
Truffle oil: Earthy and mushroomy in flavor, this oil really adds a punch to this burger. I suggest buying a really high quality truffle oil for better flavor.
Vegan mayo: I have always found that mayo works particularly well with crispy-style burgers. That is why I used it here.
Well, I hope that this recipe inspires you to step in the kitchen and prepare something new! This burger is one that has become synonymous with comfort food and I know I will be enjoying it many more times this year.
I also want to take this opportunity to with you all a Happy New Year! Thank you showing up on my blog, for your readership, and for trying my recipes. 2023 is going to be a very special year. One I know will be filled with many sacred moments, in and out of the kitchen.
Thank you for being on this journey with me.
I hope that if you try making this recipe, you share about it on social media and tag me (@muriellebanackissa).
Happy cooking ✦
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