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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Monday: Mushroom & Tofu Strogonoff

I originally got the idea from this quirky blog. I think strogonoff is traditionally served on rice (and sans tofu) but I remember my mother making it with pasta when I was younger (I may have implanted that memory because Mum can't cook). But it was delicious! The only suggestions I'd make is to watch the salt levels in the vegie stock. You don't want it to be too salty.

Mushroom & Tofu Strogonoff

1 tbsp oil
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
300-500g tofu pieces*
4 large field mushrooms, chopped**
500ml/2 cups liquid vegetable stock
250ml soy cream
1/2 cup wine***

Heat the oil in the pan and fry the onion and garlic for a few minutes. When they are translucent add the mushrooms and tofu pieces and stir for a further few minutes. When the mushrooms begin to leak their juices (that's a bit sexy) pour in the stock and wine. Bring to the boil and let it simmer for a good while (10-20 min) until the mushrooms and tofu are sitting in the sauce and not drowning in it. Then stir in the cream and heat through. Don't boil the cream. Boiled cream = bad. But make sure the flavours have been stirred through the cream and the cream is nearly at boiling point (kind of like what you would do for coconut milk in a green curry).

Serve on top of pasta (spaghetti or fettuccine) or rice.

* I used pre-seasoned tofu for this recipe but it threw the salt balance way off. Perhaps seitan would be better but I can never get my hands on any.
** I like field mushrooms but get whatever you want. 4 big handfuls will do.
*** I think normal recipes use white but we are red wine drinkers and never have any white around so I used red and it didn't make that much of a difference with the colour.


  1. hey what a great idea... I remember my mom would put the stroganoff over egg noodles. I'm not a fan of seitan, but your idea of pre-seasoned tofu sounds good.

    I happen to have some baked tofu in the fridge for a recipe I ended up not making... I think it's 'savory' flavored so it would do well in stroganoff... plus I've been on a mushroom kick lately. thanks for the recipe! :)