Extra virgin olive oil
1 package extra firm tofu, drained, pressed of excess liquid and cut into about 1/4 to 1/2 inch cubes
1 package World Spice 'Shitake Tofu Scrambler' mix. Or sub your own spices... get creative!
1 sweet white onion, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
10-12 shitake mushrooms, sliced
1-2 heads red leaf or green leaf lettuce, washed and de-ended with leaves kept in tact
Put tofu cubes in a large bowl. Sprinkle World Spice 'Shitake Tofu Scrambler' spice mix on top. Toss gently to ensure even coverage of all tofu pieces. Note: I did not use utencils to toss. I just gently shook the bowl. This will ensure you won't crush your tofu.
In a large saute pan, heat olive oil on med/high heat. When pan is nice and hot, add tofu/spice mix and spread out evenly on pan. Let cook on one side for about 3-5 minutes, while intermittenly shaking the pan so the tofu doesn't stick.
When tofu is slightly crispy, flip all cubes as best you can and let cook another 3-5 minutes. Repeat for all sides (generally, since the cubes are small) until you have a nice 'crisp' on your tofu. The total process could be about 10-15 minutes.
When tofu is crispy, transfer to a separate bowl and set aside.
Add a little more olive oil to your pan then add onion and garlic. Saute for about 2-3 minutes then add mushrooms. Stir and continue to cook another 4-5 minutes until mushrooms are just barely soft.
While you are doing this you can prepare your lettuce. Make sure to wash it, of course, but also give them enough time to dry. I laid them out on towels, flipping every 10 minutes or so, so all the water would drain off the pieces.
When mushrooms are barely soft, add cooked tofu back into your saute pan and gently fold in to incorporate tofu and excess spice mix. Let cook another 2-3 minutes and you are ready to serve.
We served family style, as is nice for lettuce wraps. Arrange lettuce pieces on one end of a large serving tray then portion filling out on the other end.
This makes for easy serving at the dinner table and also an impressive looking appetizer for a party.
The warmth and spice of the tofu and mix pairs perfectly with the hearty earthiness of the mushrooms. Wrap it all up in the crisp, cool crunch of the lettuce and you have a sure winner, no matter where you are serving it.
(as a taco...)