Tofu and Mushrooms A La King

I decided to try a vegetarian version of a gorgeous Chicken A La King recipe I saw on Pinterest and which originated from the blog Get off your Butt and Bake! I increased the cheeseiness from the recipe because I love cheese and it has never worked negatively for me when I have upped cheese. Nope, never ever ever. Anyway, this ends up yielding more sauce, so based on how many shells are in a package the recipe below is enough to yield enough sauce for two packages of six shells, or approximately six people if everyone has two puffs each along with another  side.

It is very rich, so would be wonderful to paid with another dish that has some acid to cut through this such as a salad with a citrus vinaigrette. I chose to use tofu and mushrooms, but having a variety of color and shapes in vegetables you choose, such as sliced carrots, peas, diced peppers, etc could make this really visually stunning. You could put anything into this sauce. Really, seriously, anything. This sauce is so good.


  • 2 package of puff pastry shells (6 in a package).
  • 1 egg and 1 tablespoon of water, beat together
  • 1/3 cup of butter for the sauce
  • 8 ounces of sliced cremini mushrooms
  • Optionally, add in any other vegetables, such as peas, carrots, etc.
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch dissolved in 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chopped dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon of  chopped parsley
  • 3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 12 oz (3 cups) of shredded cheddar cheese- I used a mild cheddar which is also why I upped the amount
  • 1 extra firm tofu, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon diced chives


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Beat together 1 egg with 1 tablespoon of water. On parchment paper or foil on a baking sheet, lay out the thawed puff pastry shells. Beat together 1 egg and 1 tablespoon of water, and brush the tops with the egg and water mixture. Per the instructions on the package, bake the puff pastry for 20 minutes. After that time, remove the top of the pastry from the pan using a fork to help cut it out and place aside, and then  bake the shell portion for another 5 minutes or so just to make sure they are cooked through. Baking these shells could be done while preparing the sauce.
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  2. Meanwhile, optionally prep and cook any additional vegetables (microwave, sautee, or steam them, or however you want to cook the veggies. I considered cooking the mushrooms sauteed in a butter sauce, but then decided since they were so fresh to not cook my tofu or mushrooms at all.
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  3. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter, and then add the cornstarch water mixture, broth, milk, and all your seasonings of salt, pepper, dill parsley, pepper, onion powder, and sugar. You can be creative with the seasonings to suit your taste and the flavor of the broth you used. Stir until the sauce has all mixed and thickened so that if you draw a line on the back of your stirring spoon, holding it vertically the sauce should not drip and cross the line.
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  4. Turn the heat to low, and make sure the sauce does not boil. Add in the grated cheese 1/2 at a time, stirring as the cheese melts.
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  5. Combine the mushrooms and diced tofu now into the sauce. I didn’t need to cook my tofu and mushrooms, but obviously you are using meat it has to be cooked beforehand. Stir everything to mix.
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  6. Plating time! This was the hardest part for me- spilling little drops of sauce from the pot to the plate! Pour with a spoon the mixture into the puff pastry shells, top with a little bit more cheese if you’d like, but I topped mine with some fresh chopped chives.
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This happens to have been done with puff pastry shells, but you can also use any kind of carb you want- toast, biscuits, english muffins, croissants, rice, pasta… Yum. I love how this particular meal plates in a more fancy fashion that you could have at a dinner party, or just for a romantic evening thanks to the pastry shells. As mentioned since you can fold anything into this sauce, you can use any leftovers you would like such as leftover turkey or ham or chicken, etc.

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