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It isn't so Bad
As soon as I say 'Tofu' you get that sick look around the mouth. This is becaue you re thinking of a tasteless unpleasant mass.
Just as you wouldn't put a slab of meat on a plate without having carefully seasoned it, using various condiments and styles for flavour, before cooking, so too with Tofu.
Tofu will taste like anything you want it to taste like. That is the usefulness of the product.
This piece of tofu can taste like curried goat, can taste like bacon, can be sweet, spicy, salty.
It Is All YOU
Decide what kind of dish you are preparing; Italian, Chinese, Indian, or what you are 'substituting' and marinate to match.
Decide on your Texture.
One can freeze tofu and gain one kind of consistency.
One can thaw it and gain another.
It depends on your taste, and your need.
Hence you start with two options on texture and then move to your Marinade.
Prepare your marinade; this could be Italian Dressing, it could be a mixture of soya sauce, sweet and sour sauce with a bit of pickle tossed in.
It could be a very mild curry with a touch of tomato sauce, it could be anything.
The magic is in the marinade.
Once you have chosen the texture and flavour you desire, put the tofu in your marinade
and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours.
To give you ideas;
- Freeze the Tofu. After it is frozen, take it out and put it in a microwave to thaw a bit. Cut it into thin slices about the width of a ruler. Soak it in:
- a) Barbeque Sauce b) Orange juice c) Pepper sauce, (i.e. jerk seasoning from Jamaica or a spicy Thai Seasoning) d) touch of Soy Sauce This marinade should be mostly the Barbeque Sauce, about 1/4th of it Orange Juice, Pepper sauce to taste and a drop or so of soy sauce.
- After a few hours soaking, put half the sauce on a microwave plate lay the Tofu just touching, pour the rest of the sauce on top. Put into a Microwave for about 15 minutes. Watch this time. You are going for something crispy on the edges, even slightly burnt. Carnivores say it tastes like bacon.
You might want to bread the tofu in a kind of substitute for fried chicken or veal cutlets.
Usually the marinade itself is sticky enough to hold the bread crumbs, if not, you can use olive oil, sweet and sour seasoning, anything that's sticky.
Tofu cooks fairly quickly. Whether you are using a microwave or a stove, pay attention.
Some people go for the very crispy others the soft.
It is your taste.