Have-a-Hearty Hound Loaf: Italian Tofu Styley

July 23rd, 2009 12:43 pm by Kelly Garbato

After the furkids finished up the uber-beany Have-a-Hearty Hound Loaf I made them a few weeks back, I decided to try another variation, this time with fewer beans (it was a gassy week ’round the Garbato-Brady household!) and more tofu.

Like the first incarnation, the Italian Tofu “Have-a-Hearty Hound Loaf” is based on the “Hearty Hound Loaf” recipe found in the Three Dog Bakery Cookbook – sans animal parts. Unlike the last loaf, I divided this batter between two glass baking pans – a 15″x10.5″x2″ pan, and a second, slightly smaller one (I’d offer the measurements, but I’m currently trapped under a napping rat terrier). The middle of each loaf, while still moist, was obviously cooked much more thoroughly.

Though I only used half the tomato paste called for in Three Dog Bakery’s recipe, the husband reports that the loaf is “really good – very tomato-y.” I’ve also caught him picking off crumbs here and there as he feeds the dog-kids. So guardians, y’all might enjoy this concoction too! (There’s no shame in eating “dog food,” as long as it’s not made of lips and ass!)

Have-a-Hearty Hound Loaf: Italian Tofu Styley

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Ingredients

16 ounces dried beans OR 6 cups cooked beans OR 3 pounds cooked beans OR 4 16 ounce cans of beans (I used dried black beans)
3 14 to 16 ounce bricks of tofu, firm or extra firm
12 ounces of tomato paste (6 ounces will suffice if you’d like to make a lower-sodium recipe)
4 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
4 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon liquid smoke
1 cup green peppers, chopped
4 cups mixed vegetables (i.e., corn, peas, carrots, etc.)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup or so of raw sunflower seeds to garnish (optional)

Directions

1. Sort, rinse and soak dried beans overnight. When done soaking, rinse and add to a large pot. Or, if you’re using canned beans, pace the beans in a colander, rinse, and then add them to a large pot.

2. Cover the beans with water; the water level should rise above the beans by 1/4 inch. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, and then reduce the heat to low. Cook, covered, for about two hours, or until the beans are soft and tender. (The cook time will be much shorter if you’re using canned beans.) Add in the liquid smoke, stirring liberally.

3. Remove the cover from the pot and continue to cook until most of the water has evaporated. You can also remove the pot from the heat and let the beans sit until most of the excess water has evaporated. Let cool.

4. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

5. Using a hand masher, mash the beans until at least half of the beans are broken up. Set aside.

6. In a separate bowl, mash the tofu bricks with a hand masher. The tofu should be small and crumbly when done.

7. Add the tomato paste to your crumbled tofu and mix until tofu and tomato are evenly blended.

8. Toss in the blackstrap molasses, flour, garlic and oregano, stirring liberally until blended.

9. Add the peppers and mixed vegetables to the tofu, stirring until mixed.

10. Now it’s time to unite the tofu and beans in heathen vegan matrimony. Hopefully you heeded my advice to use a large pot for the beans; if so, dump the tofu mix to the now-cool(er) bean pot, stirring until seamlessly blended. (If not, it’s time to dirty another, even larger pot or bowl. I pity the fool who has to wash extra dishes!)

11. Add your loaf mix to one or two large, lightly greased glass baking pans.

Optional: Garnish with raw sunflower seeds – or any nuts or seeds you might have on hand.

12. Cook at 350 degrees for about an hour and a half, or until the edges are nicely browned.

13. Let cool and enjoy!

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