Food Network Friday: Beer Battered (Not) Fish Tacos

I know, I know, I’ve said it before. But the recipe from Emeril was one of the best Food Network Fridays we’ve had. It was Liz’s pick, so we’ll start with her. Liz marinated her tofu in a salty- seaweedy concoction before coating it in Emeril’s awesome beer batter. Just look at the texture on that tofu! Thanks for such an incredible pick, Liz. I love healthy amount of slaw in this dish, that complements the crunch of the tofu perfectly.

Liz’s version

Vegan Aide, who is brilliantly cooking menus from restaurants all the way through VeganMoFo, took time out to beer batter her seitan for this dish. She didn’t know it, but I’m not a fan of seaweed, so her comments about it felt as if she was talking directly to me. Seaweedphobe, much? Check out her Sea Seitan, which I think could be my cure. Again, that crunch!

Vegan Aide’s Version

I opted for tofu which I marinated then smoked. The rest of the dish was easily veganized with the usual subs, but let me tell you, it was incredible! I think it says a lot about Emeril (I just know he’d want me to call Emeril rather than Mr. Lagasse) that this recipe was so easily translated and still had it all. Liz ate so much she felt sick, and I was tempted to do the same.

The tofu
Finished Not-Fish Taco

VeganMoFo is coming to a close, but what’s still to come?

Sunday: a surprise guest post
Monday: the after Thanksgiving post
Tuesday: a contest for anyone who didn’t make the 20 post goal for VeganMoFo!

Happy Weekend!

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  1. Posted November 26, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    I though I had an edge over your tofu because of my sneak-peak at your picture. You were holding out! Smoked tofu?? That must taste out of this world!

    Really tasty looking and sooo good! This one is a keeper for sure. And the only reason I didn’t eat too much is because I was so busy making taco after taco for the rest of the family!

    Thanks for hosting these FNFs. It is like a really good book club – you tend to try things you never would on your own and in return find some hidden gems.

  2. Posted November 26, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    When do you people take over the food network? It’s about time!

  3. Posted November 27, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Those are absolutely gorgeous. I agree with Mihl, even though I am not a vegan I would definitely watch a vegan cooking show! Now that Food Network has spun off Cooking Channel I am SHOCKED that one does not exist. Yes it caters to a smaller audience than some of their shows but why not!

  4. Posted November 27, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    NOM! I’m sorry I missed out on this one. It looks awesome! Your crunchy golden pictures are droolworthy!

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