Vegan Chicken Style Tofu Fricassee (Fricase de Pollo)
Cuban fricase de pollo, meaning chicken fricassee, used to be one of my go-to meals on lazy Sunday afternoons. It was a recipe that we both enjoyed and was quick and easy to make. I don’t know a Cuban household that doesn’t have a version of this essential Spanish dish.
For a while, I toyed with the idea of creating a vegan version of this dish but I couldn’t decide what to use as my mock chicken. I’m a true lover of tofu but I didn’t think that the water-packed extra firm tofu would hold up in a stew-like dish.
On one fateful shopping trip, as I perused the vegan options in the produce section of Publix, I discovered the holy grail of all tofus. The tofu gods had heard my prayers and shown me the way to the wonders of pressed, super firm tofu. I didn’t think twice before tossing the small, bouncy package into my cart. I raced home to try this new and mysterious product because I really love new things. Little did I know, it would become one of my favorite vegan foods!
So, here, I present to you my vegan version of a quintessential Cuban dish – fricase de pollo.