Ham and Cheese Fried Tofu Pockets
Who doesn’t like ham and cheese sandwiches? It’s one of those easy snacks everyone seems to love and eat on a regular basis. But you know what’s even better than that? Ham and cheese fried tofu pockets. I kid you not!!
Now don’t say eww because you see the word tofu, I am talking about deep fried tofu sheets here (abura age). Crispy, slightly puffy fried tofu pockets stuffed with shredded cabbage, mozzarella cheese and ham, and topped with a dollop of mayo and a drizzle of soy sauce. De-lish!
Abura age (deep fried tofu sheets) can be found in most Asian grocery stores and will keep in the freezer (when sealed properly) for months. If you have never worked with abura age before, you are in for a nice surprise: Extremely versatile in flavor and texture, they can be served as sweet pockets stuffed with rice (inarizushi), chopped and dropped into miso soup, added to fried rice, or pan fried until crispy like in this recipe. They are extremely popular in Japan and are a wonderful way to introduce soybean products to your family – way better than a firm, plain block of tofu!
No oil is needed for this recipe as the tofu sheets are oily to begin with. Slice them in half, stuff them with ingredients, drop them into a frying pan for about 15 minutes and you’re done. It truly is a simple and easy snack to make! I made these with my mother for the first time a few weeks ago while in Japan. We were both feeling lazy lying on tatami mats and drinking glasses of cold mugicha (barley tea) while watching a baseball game on TV. When you are this comfortable the thought alone of spending a long time slaving in the kitchen is exhausting!
That’s when having a list of easy snacks to prepare comes in handy and I am pretty sure that once you try this fried tofu pockets recipe, it will become one of your favorites too 😉