They say the greatest inventions are always created by accident. Granted, by no means does cooking compare to the invention of electricity, but food has always been a powerful impact on modern culture. For example, according to Slashfood.com, “when the Toll House Inn’s Ruth Wakefield ran out of baking chocolate powered one day in 1930, she smashed up a bar of semi-sweet chocolate and added the pieces to her dough.” As cooks, we all come with some personal inventions of our own. While they may not become as wide known as Toll House’s Chocolate chip cookies, each new delicious mistake delights us with a novel recipe. I am proud to admit that Barbecue Tofu Pizza was my culinary mistake that went from bad to oh so amazingly good.
Last week I had a bunch of tofu packages in the fridge and I was really curious about what kind of flavors I could add. I checked out the side door and my eyes fell instantly to the barbecue sauce. How bad could it be? As I sautéed my ingredients together, I quickly remembered a critical rule that I so easily forget: if you put too much in a pan, the tofu does not have time to get crisp. While the flavors were great, I was really craving something on the more chewy side and this was unmistakably not it. Another scroll through my kitchen and I remember my grandmother had donated premade pizza dough that was now hanging for a week out in the creepy corner of the fridge for the past week. Ilya and I hardly eat white bread, so it had not found its calling, until now. I grabbed the sucker out and half an hour later my mistake became a delectable dinner I couldn’t pass down if I tried.
On a side note, if do not like tofu, feel free to substitute with Tempah, mushrooms or cooked chicken breast for you omnivores out there. Either way, I promise you trying this dish won’t be a mistake.
• 1 package of Tofu
• 1 Onion
• 1 Green Pepper
• ½ cup Barbecue Sauce
• 1 cup of Ricotta Cheese
• ½ cup of Cheddar Cheese
• 1 Premade Pizza Crust
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Dice onions and fry in a preheated oiled pan until they are golden brown.
3. Slice the green pepper and add into the frying pan. Cook for 5 min.
4. Chop Tofu in cubes and add to mixture.
5. Add barbecue sauce and seasoning. Fry for another 10 min.
6. Place the pre-made pizza crust on foiled tray.
7. Add ricotta cheese to the pizza evenly.
8. Add the BBQ Tofu mixture onto the pizza.
9. Sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese on top of the pizza.
10. Bake for 15 min.