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    Pine Cones (Matsukasa)

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    1 hrs 5 mins

    1 hrs

    5 mins

    Zeldaz's Note:

    An autumn dish from "Good Food From a Japanese Temple". Sometimes the tofu and mushroom mixture is too crumbly to hold together well. If that happens, add some egg or an egg substitute, according to your diet.

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    • 1 cake regular tofu
    • 3 large dried shiitake mushrooms, reconstituted in tepid water, stems cut off, and finely chopped

    For flavoring shiitake

    For deep frying

    • vegetable oil

    Ginger-Soy Sauce


    1. 1
      Place tofu in a medium-sized saucepan with water to cover. Bring to a boil over medium heat and simmer 1 minute. Drain. Wrap tofu in a clean kitchen towel, place on a cutting board, and weight with about 1 pound (450 g) for 45 minutes.
    2. 2
      Pour 1 teaspoons vegetable oil in a small pan. Add chopped shiitake mushrooms and stir-fry about 30 seconds. Add the soy sauce and sugar and stir-fry until liquid is absorbed, about 1 minute.
    3. 3
      Place pressed tofu in a bowl and mash with your hand, leaving some small lumps. Add flavored shiitake and mix gently by hand.
    4. 4
      Heat oil to 340 F/170 C over medium heat.
    5. 5
      Form tofu-shiitake mixture into 12 small pine cone shapes about 1 1/-2 inches long and weighing about 1 ounce (30 g) each. Dee-fry until golden brown. Drain on rack or absorbent paper. Mix ginger-soy sauce ingredients.
    6. 6
      Serve pine cones hot, along with the dipping sauce. Decorate serving with pine needles.

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    Nutritional Facts for Pine Cones (Matsukasa)

    Serving Size: 1 (7 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 21.7
    Calories from Fat 10
    Total Fat 1.1 g
    Saturated Fat 0.1 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 167.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 2.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
    Sugars 0.6 g
    Protein 0.5 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:


    ginger juice

    soy sauce

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