Tofu and Eggplant Satay

    55 minutes

    Chunks of tofu, eggplant and onion are brushed with spicy satay sauce, barbecued and served on a crisp cucumber salad.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 400g firm tofu
    • 1 eggplant
    • 1 red onion
    • 8 fresh baby corn cobs, halved on the diagonal
    • 1/2 telegraph cucumber
    • 3 1/2 cups (250g) bean sprouts
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted peanuts
    • Satay Sauce
    • 1/3 cup (90g) crunchy peanut butter
    • 1 teaspoon salt-reduced soy sauce
    • 1 teaspoon honey or agave syrup
    • 1 teaspoon Chinese rice vinegar or cider vinegar
    • 1 large garlic clove, peeled
    • 1 spring onion, chopped
    • 90ml reduced-fat coconut milk
    • 1 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce

    Preparation:40min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Soak 12 bamboo skewers in cold water (to prevent them from burning under the grill). Meanwhile, to make the satay sauce, combine the peanut butter, soy sauce, honey, vinegar, garlic, spring onion, coconut milk and chilli sauce in a blender or food processor. Blend or process to make a thick, almost smooth mixture.
    2. Preheat a medium grill or barbecue. Cut the tofu and eggplant into 2 1/2 cm cubes. Cut the red onion into chunks about the same size.
    3. Blanch the baby corn cobs in a saucepan of boiling water for 2–3 minutes. Drain in a sieve, then refresh under cold running water. Cut the cucumber into thin sticks about 5cm long. Arrange the bean sprouts, cucumber sticks and corn on a large platter and scatter the peanuts over the top. Set aside while you cook the tofu and vegetable skewers.
    4. Thread the tofu, eggplant and onion onto the soaked skewers, spacing the pieces slightly apart. Brush with some of the satay sauce, then grill on a foil-lined grill tray or barbecue plate for 10–12 minutes, turning the skewers frequently and brushing with the satay sauce. Gently heat the remaining satay sauce in a small saucepan or in a dish in the microwave until warm.
    5. Set the skewers of tofu satay on top of the salad, spoon the remaining warm satay sauce over the top and serve immediately.

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    For you information, vegans definitely do not eat honey. Let me explain: We consider it cruel as the bees make it for their own dietary needs, that is to feed their hives and sustain their young. The production of honey from a single bee over its entire lifetime is only one-twelfth of a teaspoon! So each tablespoon of honey represents the workload of thirty six bees!! Furthermore, to obtain the honey, the bees are smoked out of their hives, which goes straight into their eyes and respiratory system. Bees are killed in this process. Please remove the vegan label or adjust your recipe accordingly.  -  16 Oct 2009