The Grit Restaurant Golden Bowl
Perfect comfort food, and good for you too! Rice, veggies, and tofu smothered in delicious gravy - yum! This recipe comes from one of my favorite restaurants of all time, The Grit, in Athens, Georgia. If you are anywhere within a 100 mile radius of Athens, you simply *must* have a meal (or two or several) at The Grit! Alternatively, they also have a fabulous cookbook that is absolutely my favorite and most-used cookbook on my shelf.
"SO GOOD! We make this (both tofu and gravy rice) about once a week. We feed it to everyone we know - especially people who haven't been properly introduced to yummy tofu. We make it from the cookbook, the same recipe, and cook with sesame seed and olive oil. A good dinner and great for the two of us - we half the gravy recipe usually."- kitkatherine
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|2 cupsCooked brown rice|
|-- Grit Yeast Gravy --|
|1/2 cupVegan margarine; (or butter; 1 stick)|
|1/3 cupWhole wheat flour|
|1/3 cupNutritional yeast; (NOT brewers yeast; nutritional yeast can be found in health foo|
|1 cupRegular soy milk; unsweetened (make sure to check ingredients - sweet soy milk wil|
|1/4 cupSoy sauce; (or tamari)|
|3/4 cupHot water; (use more as needed to thin the gravy)|
|1 tablespoonVegan worcestershire sauce; (or substitute regular if not vegetarian)|
|15 ouncesExtra firm tofu|
|-- Sauteed Vegetables --|
|1 tablespoonVegetable oil|
|1 mediumOnion; chopped (you want this to be somewhat chunky)|
|1 smallRed bell pepper; diced (you want this to be somewhat chunky)|
|1 smallZucchini; halved lengthwise, and then sliced (you want this to be somewhat|
|1 smallYellow squash; halved lengthwise, and then sliced (you want this to be somewhat|
|6 mediumButton mushrooms; quartered (or other favorite mushrooms)|
The Grit Restaurant Golden Bowl Preparation
GRIT YEAST GRAVY:
In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, melt the margarine completely. Stir in flour and yeast until blended and continue to heat roux until mixture begins to bubble. Use only enough heat to maintain vigourous bubbling, whisking constantly for 4 minutes. This is the time required to cook the flour to smoothness, and vigourous whisking is important to avoid burning.
Continue rapid, thorough whisking and add soy milk gradually. The mixture will quickly become thick and custard-like. Combine soy sauce, water, and Worcestershire sauce and add to gravy gradually. Blend well after each addition, and do not add liquid so rapidly that gravy is very thin. If gravy does become thin from the addition of too much liquid, continued cooking will thicken it.
Set gravy aside, and reheat before serving, or hold over very low heat while preparing the rest of the Grit Golden Bowl. Add more water as needed to maintain a good consistency if holding over low heat.
(note: I halved the gravy recipe in The Grit cookbook to come up with these measurements, so you might have to adjust the flour/yeast and water measurements a bit to arrive at the desired consistency (we always make the full amount, because we use the gravy on other things))
Cut tofu into cubes smaller than playing dice. Lightly oil a non-stick skillet and place over high heat. Allow oil to heat slightly, and add tofu. Saute, tossing with a non-metal spatula until evenly and lightly golden brown. Sprinkle lightly with soy sauce, saute briefly to further brown tofu. Remove from skillet, draining and discarding any excess fluid.
Rinse and wipe skillet dry, lightly oil and place it over high heat. Allow oil to become very hot and add tofu. Saute tofu, tossing with a non-metal spatula almost constantly until very well browned. Sprinkle with soy sauce to taste. Sprinkle with nutritional yeast to coat tofu cubes and, tossing vigorously, saute for a few seconds and remove from heat. Keep warm in the oven while you finish cooking the veggies.
Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil over medium-high to high heat. Add onions and saute until soft and translucent. Add bell pepper and saute for 1 or 2 minutes, until slightly cooked, but still firm. Add zucchini and yellow squash, and saute for another minute or two, until squash is slightly cooked but still firm. Add mushrooms and cook until they give up their water. (note- other veggies of your choice can be substituted; onions are always a good base, and the zucchini and yellow squash go well with the gravy, and so we always use these as a base, but we've also used other bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, and peas with tasty outcomes).
Spoon 1/2 cup of cooked brown rice into a bowl, top with veggies, tofu, and gravy, and enjoy!
For a tasty option, you can also garnish with shredded mild cheddar.
This recipe was put together based on a menu item (The Golden Bowl) at The Grit Restaurant in Athens, Georgia, and uses the following recipes from The Grit Restaurant Cookbook:
* Grit-Style Tofu (page 8)
* Grit Yeast Gravy (page 7)
One of my favorite all-time recipes! The gravy is good over just about anything you might think to put gravy over, and some other things that you might not have thought of, such as collard greens (and other veggies) or beans and rice. While this is still good with white rice, the brown rice gives a much more substantial base, and a great nutty flavor that complements the tofu and gravy quite nicely.
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