Chicago Diner Vegan Cutlets

September 29, 2010 by Keri

Save a fish; fry a tofu!  Okay, that was corny… but do it anyway.  The Chicago Diner Cookbook calls these “Diner Cutlets” (page 101), but they actually reminded me of something you’d see at a fish fry or maybe on a bun with tartar sauce.  Actually, this cookbook also has a recipe for tartar sauce, should you wish to make the latter.  I haven’t tried it myself, so if you do let me know if you like it!

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This “cutlets” recipe calls for tofu steaks to be frozen at least 48 hours before marinating, so I cut up slabs of tofu, wrapped them up, and stuck them in the freezer last week, when The Chicago Diner Cookbook was my cookbook of the week.  And then I forgot about them.  Whoops!  Luckily, I noticed them in there when I was pulling out the waffle fries.  See, this is one of those things that won’t happen once I’m meal-planning!

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Aside from the freezer time of 2 days, this tofu-fry recipe is very quick to make, and the breading has a fantastic flavor.  It was great served as a main dish, but I’ll bet it would make one amazing sandwich.  I served ours with waffle fries and vegan baked beans.  I don’t think is on the Chicago Diner menu, like most of the items in the cookbook; if it were on the menu, though, it would definitely be served with sides of baked beans and fries. Yum!

Do you enjoy diner-style food?

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  1. Jaime says:

    That looks yummy! Maybe one of these days I’ll spring for that cookbook. It’s on a long list, though!

  2. Sunny says:

    OoOooo, I didn’t know the Chicago Diner had a cookbook! How exciting! Those pics are makin’ me drool! :P….

  3. I love comfort (diner) food! That looks really good! I just clicked Buy Now on Amazon. You’re killing me with all of these cookbook recipes, I can’t resist buying them.

    • Keri says:

      Cookbooks are addicting! At least our blogs give us an even better excuse to use them and write about the recipes! 🙂

  4. I personally don’t care for diner foods. I used to, but now i just feel kind of weird after eating it. I am more towards “not hi-class, but not low-class” foods like what i see on this site. This is an awesome blog and i would love to take a seat at your dinner table 🙂