Looking for something new to try? These cute little “pizzas” are a great way to enjoy pizza without the bread! Topped with Japanese flavors or classic pizza ingredients, these tofu based snacks are an quick way to satisfy your pizza cravings!
While it may look strange, aburaage is nothing more than thinly sliced fried tofu. On its own, it actually doesn’t have that much flavor, which makes it a great ingredient to add to a dish. I often slice it into strips and add it to soups, but you may also see them seasoned and stuffed with sushi rice to create inarizushi.
While I will share those recipes one day, today I wanted to use them a little differently to show you how versatile this ingredient is. When using aburaage with soups, it’s recommended to first blank the tofu skins in boiling water to remove excess oil, however for this recipe we want to use that oil to help make the tofu crispy!
Did you know that mayonnaise is a popular topping for pizza in Japan? This dish is delicious with marinara sauce and mozarella, but every once in a while I just gotta get my mayo fix in. Give this variation a try, or let me know what ingredients you enjoyed on top!
Recipe – Aburaage Pizza:
– Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice the aburaage down it’s side just to the end, taking care not to cut it all the way. Open it up like a book and press down the fold so it lays flat.
– Spread the sauce on the aburaage, then top with cheese, mushrooms, and green onion. Spread it as close to the edges as you can, since the aburaage itself can dry out really quickly.