Friday, May 1, 2009

Thursday’s Culinary Adventure

 

 

Tonight, on Thursday’s (Friday’s) Culinary Adventure:

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Come on, eat some tofu!  I dare you! (Almost) everybody’s doing it!

Brian and I don’t eat a lot of meat, and so I am always on the lookout for new ways to get some protein in our meals.

We eat tofu about twice a month, but I had never BBQd with it before, until reading about this recipe on this blog.  She has several other recipes that I can’t wait to try out!

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You will need:

A large handful of fresh mint,

a small handful of Oregano (optional.  I used a dash of dried.)

1/8 tsp. Red pepper flakes

1/4 c. olive oil

2 Tb. maple syrup

1 package firm tofu

Juice from one lemon

1 small clove garlic

1/2 tsp. salt

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Mince up the mint in a food processor, or just chop it very finely.

Mix it on up with the other ingredients, using only 3 Tb. of olive oil.

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Set it aside.

Take your tofu IMG_3088 , drain it and rinse it.  Then slice it into thin strips.IMG_3089 IMG_3090

Put the tofu on some paper towels, top with more paper towels, and press down gently, do get out more of the water.IMG_3091

You have to be gentle, or else the tofu will crumble- like the chunk in the top left.

Brush the tofu with remaining olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and throw it (GENTLY!) on the grill.

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Cook for a couple of minutes on each side, until you can see grill marks on the tofu.               IMG_3093

Now, brush both sides with the minty sauce IMG_3094 , and cook for a few minutes more.

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I brushed it one more time when I put it on my serving plate too.

Voila!                  IMG_3096

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Taste Testers Say:

(sorry no pictures, my battery on the camera died

before I could take them and I forgot to charge it…)

Caitlin:  “Pretty good…”

Brian:  “It’s okay”

Joseph:  Wouldn’t try it.

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Summary: 

    Great flavor, but the tofu didn’t quite hold enough of it.  I think next time I will marinate the tofu in the sauce for a while beforehand.

(Did you know that you could marinate tofu?  Oh yes, readers, soy sauce, Caesar dressing, the possibilities are endless.)

I did think that the grilling gave it a nice texture.  Well, a nice texture for tofu. (I’m not going to lie, it can be a bit rubbery.)  It is my favorite way that I have had tofu prepared…

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Grade: B-

 

10 comments:

Mommy of M's said...

I get my protein from Peanut Butter. I'll stick with that.

Ter said...

I'm with Joseph on this one. Sorry.

T Rex Mom said...

I think I might try the marinating trick - although, we have a lot of beef to get through!

Jen said...

sorry, I am saying NO to the tofu!

Brian said...

Please don't make this when we come to Idaho! I'm going to stick to rhubarb cake...

Jenners said...

Ummmmm....you could dip tofu in chocolate and I STILL wouldn't want it. I'm with Joseph.

Princess Caitlin said...

I don't remember if I ever thanked you for entering my giveaway last month.
I probably didn't.
THANK YOU!
even though you didn't win.
You helped make it a sucess! doesn't that make you feel good inside?

Anyways... thanks. :D And I love your blog.
and I tried tofu and didn't seem to like it so much...

Amanda said...

I haven't ever grilled tofu. Truthfully I haave snuck it into a few things,but we don't eat it that often.

Now that sauce on the other hand. It sounds fabulous. I might have to try it on some chicken!

Jenners said...
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Nina said...

You are so much braver than I am. I have never had the stuff but I will say you made it look pretty good.

I thought it was cute Joseph would touch the stuff.