Post # 1
Okay, so I bought Tofu for the first time, and I would love some recipes that make it taste good. If you were trying to WIN someone over on Tofu what is your go-to recipe?
I’ve had it once at a friends house who insisted they could make it amazing. It tasted like a chunk of unappealing squishy nothing. So I was thinking about frying it/marinating it. Something to add a different texture/flavor.
I’m also serving it to the meat and potatoes SO, but I probably won’t tell him until after.
Post # 3
well its all about HOW you cook your tofu:
2. cover in paper towels and put something heavy on it to drain the water out. let sit like that for 10 minutes
3. I always cut in very small pieces
4. heat oil in pan
5. fry in pan 5 minutes on each side
I use this as a staple for tons of recipes, usually stir fry. I love tofu stir fry.
Its also good with noodles and vegies. YUMMMY!
Post # 4
Eh I wouldn’t tell him til after I would just tell him. FI doesn’t eat meat and he still eats tofu. Stir-fry is a great way to use it. I’m sure you know to drain it before hand so that its not all gross. Aside from that you can google golden sesame tofu recipes that are good. It takes effort you also will probably need all the asian ingredients. I got mine from Whole Foods. You can also buy the sesame golden tofu pre-made at Whole Food and I’ve heard its good. I just make it at home, Chinese take out is so bad in Colorado compared to what I could get back east. I found one mediocre Chinese food place that has decent food and we order from there from time to time other wise its quite the bust. 🙁
Post # 5
I would go to a good Chinese restaurant or a vegetarian restaurant where you could get some inspiration…. some of my favorites include using tofu in smoothies or tofu scramble for breakfast. Also, as mentioned above, using it in a stir fry and golden sesame tofu are delicious or dinner!
BTW–I don’t know what you mean that you aren’t going to tell your SO that you’re using tofu until after… tofu doesn’t taste like meat or have the texture of meat, so he’s going to know it’s not meat.
Post # 6
Definitely if you’re a tofu newbee, do a stirfry. My daugther loves tofu in stirfry and fried rice because it gets nice and crispy on the outside and stays juicy on the inside, but she’s not a big fan when it’s prepared in other ways. If you’ve never enjoyed it much before, it’s definitely worth it to try it fried in a stirfry first.
Post # 7
Scrambled tofu is probably one of the easiest ways to make tofu and also one of the tastiest ways to introduce non-tofu eaters to the food. Here is a recipe I really like: http://www.theppk.com/2008/10/scrambled-tofu/ No pressing required. The nutritional yeast in the recipe is optional! I’ve made this recipe for many non-vegan friends and family (including my seriously meat and cheese loving father) and everyone has loved it.
Also, baked tofu is very easy! You should be able to find lots of different recipes for that online.
Sauteeing tofu is more challenging, because the tofu has to be pressed very well to get a good browning on it. It really should be pressed for an hour. With any tofu recipe it’s all about the flavors you are using. Blandly seasoned tofu will taste…bland! I highly recommend the website http://www.theppk.com for tasty recipes.
Post # 8
Thanks everyone, I’ll try a stir-fry tonight.
Oh and by “I’m not telling my SO until after” Means I’m going to cook the meal, serve it, let him decide if he likes it or not, then let him know what it is. *shrug*. I cook many different things he’s never had so this is not going to be an issue.
Post # 9
@sleepykitty: Oh thanks! I’ll check out those websites.
Post # 10
I love tofu! You HAVE to try this recipe for crispy blackened tofu, it’s quite literally exaclty what I feed people to win them over: http://www.dailygarnish.com/recipes?recipe_id=6021086 Trust me he will love it!
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If it’s silken tofu, you can make an amazing chocolate mousse with it.
Post # 13
We ended up going out to eat. So I’ll be doing it tonight! And it’s a cube of tofu… Not sure if it’s silken or not. Honeylove26 seems pretty exciting about that blackend tofu so I may try that.
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This is my go-to for tofu: http://vegetarian.about.com/od/vegetarianlasagnarecipes/r/engine2lasagna.htm
Sweet potato lasagna with the tofu in place of ricotta. It’s AMAZING!
Post # 16
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I recommend marinating it and then pressing it. My SO likes it when I buy the marinades made for grilled meat and use those (even tho I can make the same thing for cheaper)
Also, I find that people have less issue with the extra firm than with the soft. The first time I ate it, I freaked out and thought my friend had put chicken on my plate because it was so firm.