Tofu and Avocado Vegan Rissoles Recipe

Tasty vegan picnic pastries the whole family will love

vegan avocado and tofu rissoles on a cooling rack.
Crisp, flaky pastry and a delicious savoury filling…

These delicious vegan rissoles are proof positive that great food doesn’t need complicated recipes with hundreds of ingredients. Just flaky shortcrust pastry with a simple vegan filling, you can whip up a batch in minutes. Tofu and Avocado rissoles are sooooo irresistibly tasty and are far easier to make than to share, but they do make great party finger-food. Make these vegan nibbles for your New Year and get Veganuary started with a bang!

I’ve often felt sad that my vegetarian and vegan friends can’t enjoy the delights of a good Mauritian beef rissole, so I have tried to find a vegetarian filling that was just as good. There was no point trying to replicate the non-vegetarian beef and thyme combo; without meat, it’s just not the same. So instead, I went for something completely different and came up with this super-tasty vegan recipe.

My vegan rissoles are inspired by the gyoza served at my favourite London restaurant – Abeno, on Museum Street in Bloomsbury. They do an amazing tofu and avocado gyoza there that makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

Want to give these vegan tofu and avocado rissoles a go? Here’s what you’ll need.
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Vegan tofu and avocado rissoles recipe

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Eating time: 2 seconds (on average)

Before beginning, set your oven to preheat – 220°C, 425°F, Gas Mark 7 (good pastry needs a hot oven).

Ingredients

1 tbs sesame oil

1 or 2 spring onions, finely chopped.

spring onions chopped finely.
Spring onions work perfectly with the creamy sweetness of the avocado.

2 garlic cloves – peeled and finely chopped.

2 (ripe) avocados

Silken tofu
If you can’t find silken tofu, the firm stuff sold in most supermarkets also works (but I do prefer the silken tofu for this if you can get it!).

silken tofu chopped up into small cubes.
Silken tofu works best in this recipe, as the texture pairs beautifully with the smooth avocado.

Soy sauce

salt and pepper

Shortcrust pastry
I use ‘ready rolled’ (this Jus-Rol brand is suitable for vegetarians and vegans) for a really quick cook, and that’s what the cooking times here are based on. However, if you want to make your own, you’ll find the vegetarian recipe for shortcrust that I use when making it from scratch at the end of this article, or you could try this vegan shortcrust recipe I found online.

Alternatively, you can use this filling in premade gyosa skins like these (I love that these particular ones are called ‘Happy Belly’!). These ones are described as vegetarian, so you would need to check you are making this as a vegan recipe.

Directions

ripe avocado chopped into small cubes
The creamy sweetness of ripe avocado works just as well in savoury dishes.

The Filling…

1. Dice your tofu and avocado into small cubes, and finely chop 2 – 3 spring onions and a couple of cloves of garlic.

Toss the tofu, advocado, garlic and spring onion together in a little sesame oil (or soy sauce) Don’t use too much – a teaspoon will be enough.

Season with a little salt and pepper. The filling is done!

Set aside while you prepare the pastry.

A savoury vegan filling for pastry rissoles, made with diced avocado, tofu, chopped spring onion and garlic.
This savoury filling works just as well for gyozas.

The pastry…

3. Grease or line a baking tray.

4. Take your pastry (‘ready rolled’ or home-made) and roll out on a floured surface. Roll as thin as you can – 3 or 4mm is perfect for a nice, crisp, flaky result.

5. Using either a circle cutter or a ravioli/dumpling press (around 7-8cm is a good size), cut circles from your pastry.

6. Brush the edge of a circle with a little bit of water, using a pastry brush.

7. Put a teaspoon or two (at most) of filling on to one side of each circle, then fold the pastry in half over the filling to make a semi-circle.

Circles of pastry with a dollop of filling, folded into half-moon shaped rissoles.
Deceptively simple, these little pastries can be whipped up in minutes!

8. Use the tip of a fork to press down around the curved edge, where you wetted the pastry. This should help the two sides stick together and leave a pattern around the edge. Alternatively, a ravioli press will make exactly the right size and shape (use a big one though). Congratulations – you’ve made a tofu and avocado rissole! Don’t eat it yet though… it still needs to be cooked.

9. Optional and for vegetarians only: brush your rissoles with a little bit of egg yolk or milk for a golden finish to your pastry.

Baking time…

10. Place the tofu and avocado rissoles on your baking tray and cook in the oven for around ten minutes, until that pastry is golden brown.

Note: if you’re using gyosa skins instead, either pan fry or steam them rather than cook in the oven.

11. Remove from the oven and leave to cool. Or scoff your vegan rissoles while they’re hot if you really can’t wait. But don’t blame me if you burn your tongue! They’ll keep for a good few days in the fridge, so you can make them ahead of time if you want. I like mine piping hot from the oven, but it’s all good!

These little vegan rissoles are perfect the perfect nibbles to share with friends, but they also make a great starter or lunchtime snack too. Aaand they’re rather wonderful as evening snack or as vegan picnic finger food. Any excuse will do!

A pile of half-moon vegan rissole pastries.
Golden, flaky pastry – easy to hold, even easier to eat!

Shortcrust Pastry Recipe

This shortcrust recipe is adapted from the one in my mum’s old BeRo flour cookbook that we’ve been using my whole life. I’ve substituted out the lard and just doubled the butter instead. Shortcrust pastry is pretty simple to make – the secret is not to handle it too much, make sure that everything stays cold, and cook it in a hot oven.

Shortcrust pastry ingredients

1. 220g / 8oz plain flour

2. 60g /4oz margarine
Use the solid margarine sold in foil-wrapped blocks, or alternatively hard butter; not the soft stuff that comes in tubs. This is because the soft stuff contains too much water and salt for baking well.

The total weight of the fat (the butter/marg) should be half the weight of the flour; so if you’re scaling up or down, make sure to keep to this ratio.

4. a pinch of salt

5. 2 tbs really cold water

Shortcrust pastry directions

1. In a mixing bowl, add a pinch of salt to the flour.

2. Dice the butter or margarine into small cubes, and add to the mixing bowl as well. Using your fingers, rub the fat into the flour until it reaches a breadcrumb consistency. Make sure your hands are cool and try not to handle too much. Let lots of air into the mix by rubbing bits of fat and flour above the bowl and letting it fall down into it.

3. Add the water a little bit at a time until the mix forms a stiff dough. Use a butter knife to mix with – it works better than a spoon.

4. Now knead the dough lightly on a floured surface. Again, don’t overdo it – too much handling makes for tough pastry.

5. Dust your rolling pin with a bit of flour, and then lightly roll out your dough. You should roll dough away from you, always in the same direction (it’s just like uncorking wine – turn the pastry, not the rolling pin…).

And that’s it! Keep your dough cool until you need it – I cover and pop mine in the fridge if not using straight away.


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Plateful of Mauritian beef rissoles.
Perfect nibbles – one is never enough!
Recipe for vegan avocado and tofu rissoles
Our vegan avocado and tofu rissoles are quick and easy to make, and perfect finger food for parties, barbecues or picnics.

Vegan Avocado and Tofu Rissole Recipe

Quick-Read Recipe
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Ingredients: 

 Sesame oil
2 Spring onions, finely chopped
 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped.
 1 or 2 ripe avocado – chopped.
 silken tofu – chopped.
 soy sauce
 salt & pepper
 shortcrust pastry (or alternatively gyoza skins).

Method:

Before beginning, set your oven to preheat – 220°C, 425°F, Gas Mark 7 (good pastry needs a hot oven).

1. To make the filling, toss the tofu, advocado, garlic and spring onion together in a little sesame oil (or soy sauce) Don’t use too much – a teaspoon will be enough.
2. Season with salt & pepper, and set to one side.
3. Grease or line a baking tray.
4. Take your pastry (‘ready rolled’ or home-made) and roll out on a floured surface. Roll as thin as you can – 3 or 4mm is perfect for a nice, crisp, flaky result.
5. Using either a circle cutter or a ravioli/dumpling press (around 7-8cm is a good size), cut circles from your pastry.
6. Put a teaspoon or two (at most) of filling on to one side of each circle, then fold the pastry in half over the filling to make a semi-circle.
7. Use the tip of a fork to press down around the curved edge, where you wetted the pastry, to stick the two sides stick together and leave a pattern around the edge.
8. Optional and for vegetarians only: brush your rissoles with a little bit of egg yolk or milk for a golden finish to your pastry.
9. Place the tofu and avocado rissoles on your baking tray and cook in the oven for around ten minutes, until that pastry is golden brown.
10. Remove from the oven and leave to cool. These rissoles can be enjoyed warm or cold, just be careful straight out of the oven, as the filling can get very hot!

Hints and Tips:
● Use gyoza skins instead of pastry, and pan-fry on your hob for tasty vegan gyozas!
● Don’t put too much water to seal around the pastry edges – get them too wet, and they won’t stick closed.

9 Comments

  1. These look like a nice party type food, they seem really simple to make to

  2. I’ve never really had tofu before so this looks like a lovely one to try! We are hoping to have more vegan recipes this year.

  3. I have never tried tofu despite being veggie for years!

    I love avocado though, I think I might have to give this a try. My son loves to bake so I might let him help with making the pastry!

  4. These sound delicious. Although I haven’t been a fan of tofu I’d be willing to give these a try as I do like savoury snacks!

  5. These look great, very tasty indeed! I have not tried anything like it before so I would be very willing to give the recipe a try.

  6. I’m so intrigued by this recipe! What kind of texture does the filling have? I’m not sure I’ve ever tried hot avo? I think I must!

    • It’s quite a silky texture (because, silky tofu!) – smooth but not slimy, if you get what I mean? And hot avo is something everyone should try – hope you like it as much as us!

  7. These sound great, I must admit I do really enjoy avocado. I will have to keep an eye out for that type of tofu and give these a try. We also use Justrol pastry its so easy.

  8. These sound yummy! We are trying to eat more plant based this year, so I will have to see if I can replicate these with home made gluten free pastry.

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