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Bacon Cheeseburger Hasselback Potatoes

Bacon Cheeseburger Hasselback Potatoes
Bacon Cheeseburger Hasselback Potatoes
Ingredients
Method

Ingredients

For the bacon

  • 450g firm smoked tofu
  • 25g cornflour
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked salt (or normal salt)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup + more for glazing
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce

For the potatoes

  • 4 large white potatoes
  • Olive oil for brushing
  • Salt and pepper to seasoning
  • 200g dairy free cheese

Ranch Sauce

  • 1/2 Cup sliced raw almonds
  • 1/2 Cup unsweetened almond or soy milk (can also sub water)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper

To Serve

  • Side salad
  • Chives

Method

  1. 1.

    You will need..

    Tofu press | Preheat the oven to 180*C | Ovenproof deep frying pan | 2 wooden spoons

  2. 2.

    Press the tofu in a tofu press for a minimum of 30 mins so it’s well firmed up and any excess water has been removed

  3. 3.

    Place one of the potatoes on a chopping board and lay a wooden spoon on either side (these will provide a stopping point for the knife and make sure you don’t cut right through the potatoes) | Take a sharp knife and carefully cut very thin slices all the way along the potato, stopping when the knife hits the spoon handles | Repeat until the potatoes have been cut all the way down

  4. 4.

    Put the prepared potatoes in a deep ovenproof frying pan | Place a knob of dairy free Flora on top of each of the potatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper | Put the frying pan in the oven and bake for 30 minutes

  5. 5.

    Cut the tofu into thin slices, around 1cm wide and 3mm thick

  6. 6.

    Pour the cornflour, smoked paprika, garlic powder and salt into the mixing bowl and stir them together with a fork | Roll the slices of tofu in the dry mix and put the slices on a plate | Drizzle the maple syrup and soy sauce over the prepared tofu slices and set the plate to one side

  7. 7.

    Heat 3 tbsp dairy free Flora in the frying pan over medium-high heat until hot | Lay the slices of tofu in the Flora, then quickly add 1 tablespoon of red wine and ½ a tablespoon of maple syrup | Toss the tofu in the liquid and fry until the liquid has evaporated and the tofu is well covered | Sprinkle a good helping of salt over the tofu | Use a spatula to carefully turn the tofu slices over and sprinkle more salt on the other side | Fry until both sides are nice and browned | You may need to rinse the pan out before starting the second batch, in case there is any maple syrup left that starts to burn | Put the bacon on kitchen towels to soak up any excess grease and cool down

  8. 8.

    Take the potatoes out of the oven and let them rest for 5 minutes | Cut the dairy free cheese into thin slices | Carefully push the slices of bacon and cheese into the slits cut into the potatoes | Put a sheet of tin foil over the top of the pan and put the pan back in the oven for a further minutes

  9. 9.

    Place the ranch ingredients in a liquidiser and blitz until smooth, and the oil has started to emulsify and become creamy | Pour the liquid into a pan on a stove and warm for a couple of minutes, until it thickens to a creamy consistency

  10. 10.

    Take the potatoes out of the oven, remove the tin foil, plate up the potatoes, sprinkle with chives and serve immediately with a side salad