I always have a package or two of firm tofu in my freezer, so a perfect replacement for beef or chicken in any recipe is just a quick thaw away. Freezing it is an easy way to give tofu the texture people crave. This recipe makes a great finger food that children love. Easy, delicious, and a terrific way to get soy into your diet.
Freezing completely alters the texture of tofu. To use, simply thaw and gently squeeze out the liquid. Your tofu is now ready to use. Marinate, grill, fry, batter dip, or use in place of cheese; the choice is yours.
Tofu, frozen, then thawed and cut into bite-sized pieces
1 (or more) T. soy or tamari sauce
2 (or more) T. nutritional yeast
Fry tofu in oil, drain on paper towels, then toss with soy or tamari sauce and nutritional yeast.
Sometimes I surprise myself with a new spin on a favorite recipe. This past week, I made Tofu Cutlets using the basic recipe for Tofu Bites, which are just lightly fried crispy tofu, brushed with Tamari soy sauce and sprinkled with nutritional yeast. For the bruschetta, the tofu is cut into slices rather than into cubes, each slice about a quarter of an inch each.
We had a few absolutely beautiful and perfectly ripe tomatoes which we promptly forgot to put into a salad we made. So after sampling a few bites of the tofu we laid a slice of fresh tomato on top, a little salt and pepper and a touch of fresh cilantro. It was really delicious – very light with a nice blend of sweet, salty, and savory.
With a light drizzle of olive oil it transforms into bruschetta, but without the bread. The next night I was testing tofu recipes again. Starting with lightly fried pieces of tofu – about cracker size – I spooned on some of my homemade salsa and a slice of avocado. It was a great combination that would work well for those family members or guests who are sure they don’t like tofu. The robust tart flavor of the salsa on the crispy, almost cheesy, tofu squares were delicious and definitely on my list of “do agains.” Naturally I had to try this out on my non-veg friends and it was a hit. This is a great example of how just knowing a few good recipes opens the door to endless possibilities.