Do the rissoles you make at home ever turn out dry, hard, or crumbly? Well, if you’re as bad at cooking as my daughter, you’re answer is most likely “always”. But it can even happen to the best of us. So to make sure the rissoles I make are always soft and juicy (and delicious), I put a little Japanese twist on them by adding tofu.
This is a popular technique in Japan because the tofu adds softness and moisture to the meat, making it juicier and less dry. It also doesn’t compromise the flavor of the meat but actually makes it taste even better (in my opinion). And adding the tofu is a great way to increase the amount of protein in your meal, which is great for me since I’m trying to lose weight and build muscle. Tofu is also an excellent source of iron and calcium, and is gluten and cholesterol free.
The panko (bread crumbs) act as a great absorbent for the excess water inside the tofu, however if you are making these rissoles without the panko for any dietary reasons then it is important that you remove the excess water from the tofu before you add it to the meat and start mixing the rissoles. To do this all you need to do is wrap the tofu in a paper towel, place it on a plate and place another plate (or anything heavy) on top of the tofu and leave for 10-15 minutes.
- 300 g veal and pork mince
- 300 g tofu I usually use Morinaga brand from supermarkets
- 1 cup panko crumbs Japanese one is better if it is available
- 1/2 of middle size brown onion
- 1 egg
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 4 tbsp Tomato ketchup
- 2 tbsp Worstershire sauce
- 3 tbsp sake
- 2 tsp mirin
- 2 tbsp Butter
- Place the tofu in a bowl and whisk it to break it apart and make it into a paste.
- Add the panko to the bowl and mix with the tofu.
- Finely chop the onion and add it to the tofu and panko mixture.
- Add the mince, an egg and all spices to the mixture and mix it well.
- Roll the mixture into 6 even-sized patties and fry them in a frying pan on medium to high heat.
- While the patties are frying, mix together all the sauce ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
- Once the patties are fully cooked remove them from the pan and set them aside on a plate then cook the sauce in the pan.
- Bring the sauce to boil then turn the heat off.
- Serve the rissoles with whatever vegetables or sides you like, then drizzle the sauce on top.