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.
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  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).
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  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.
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  7. Pour the thickened sauce into the pan and swirl it around to coat the tofu pieces evenly.
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  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
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    Here's my favorite DIY ranch dressing//brokeassgourmet.com/articles/creamy-yogurt-herb-dressing