Buffalo Tofu Bites

I'm not into basketball, but I have MARCH MADNESS for these flavorful tofu bites. You can serve them with toothpicks, but I think that takes the fun out of it.
  1. Gather 8 ounces cayenne-based hot sauce (Crystal, Tabasco, and Frank's are pretty easy to find) 2 tablespoons white vinegar, 4 tablespoons brown sugar or honey, 1 stick unsalted butter, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 2 cloves minced garlic.
    Put it all in a medium pot over medium-high heat, and whisk together to combine.
  2. Let the sauce come to a light boil, then reduce heat to medium and let cook for 10-12 minutes, until thickened.
    You're looking for something that will stick to the tofu.
  3. While the sauce cooks, heat 2 tablespoons coconut or vegetable oil in a large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat.
  4. While the oil heats up, cut a 14-ounce block of tofu into 1" x 1/2" pieces (totally fine to guesstimate).
  5. Working batches if necessary, fry the tofu pieces on one side until a thick, golden crust develops on the bottom, 2-3 minutes.
  6. Flip the tofu pieces and cook for another 2-3 minutes on the other side. The tofu should be quite crispy at this point.
  7. Pour the thickened sauce into the pan and swirl it around to coat the tofu pieces evenly.
  8. Let cook for 5-7 minutes, turning the tofu pieces a few times during cooking to ensure even coating of sauce.
  9. Use tongs or a spatula to carefully transfer the cooked tofu onto a serving plate.
  10. Serve with a creamy dressing, like ranch, or prepared blue cheese dressing, and carrot and/or celery sticks