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Vegetarian Tofu Loaf

Updated on November 19, 2014
Vegegarian Tofu Loaf
Vegegarian Tofu Loaf

A Tasty Japanese-Inspired Dish for Thanksgiving

I've always been a fan of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner and although I no longer live in America, I still like to make myself something that resembles a Thanksgiving feast. I don't make turkey and stuffing simply because they aren't readily available here in Japan. It's also not so easy to get things such as canned pumpkin and cranberry sauce unless you go to one of the few grocery stores that cater to Americans, which is not always convenient. Instead, I make a pretty tasty tofu loaf and serve it with a side of sweet potatoes and some green vegetables. For dessert, I make a pumpkin pie out of pancake mix which is easy to make with fresh or frozen pumpkin.

Delicious Tofu Loaf Even Meat Eaters Will Love

Although I am far from being a strict vegetarian, I do enjoy vegetarian dishes on a regular basis. For the past few years, I've been serving a delicious tofu loaf that's easy to make, delicous and healthy. Although it contains no meat, it's a hearty dish and should satisfy any meat lover. It's basically a tofu loaf that's filled with the stuffing of your choice and with the right gravy, it makes a perfect alternative to the traditional turkey.

You can make your own stuffing using bread or even rice. Today I made my loaf with a rice stuffing that is super easy to make. I simply mix all ingredients ( 2 cups cooked rice, 1/2 cup minced vegetables, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce, 2 teaspoon cornstarch, fine bread crumbs )in a bowl and make sure they are well combined. The vegetables add some texture to the loaf while the ginger gives it a little kick. I usually serve it with a Japanese sauce made of equal parts soy sauce and lemon over a mound of grated daikon radish. For a more traditional holiday taste, serve with your favorite gravy sauce.

Le Creuset Heritage Stoneware 1 1/2qt Loaf Pan, Cerise (Cherry Red)
Le Creuset Heritage Stoneware 1 1/2qt Loaf Pan, Cerise (Cherry Red)

My friends know that I am crazy about Le Creuset for the high quality and beauty of their cookware and this one is no exception.

Easy to clean because it's virtually non-stick. It's also beautiful enough to be served on the dinner table.

 
Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 50 min
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 blocks firm tofu
  • 2 medium onions finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot finely chopped
  • 2/3 cups panko(fine bread crumbs)
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 2 cups of your favorite stuffing

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Oil and flour a loaf pan.
  2. Place the tofu in a bowl lined with a couple of paper towels and microwave for 5 minutes.
  3. Take the tofu out and drain it of excess water.
  4. Saute onions and carrots for about 5 minutes or until onions are golden brown and translucent.
  5. Put the tofu, sauteed vegetables and the remaining ingredients into a bowl and mix with hands until well combined.
  6. Spread a layer of the tofu mixture on all sides of the pan setting aside 1 cup for the top.
  7. Gently add stuffing inside the pan. Cover with the remaining tofu mixture.
  8. Bake in the oven for 50 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes before unmolding.
  10. Slice and serve with your favorite sauce.

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    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @SandyMertens: Oh you must!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @marley101 lm: It is my pleasure. Glad you liked it.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @LoriBeninger: I hope you got to try this. Thanks for visiting.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Nightcat: Sure does Nightcat!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Nightcat: Haha. Yes it sure does. Tastes so much better too!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Lucildoll LM: Glad you like it!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @PattiJAdkins: Glad you liked it

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VspaBotanicals: Thanks Vspa

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Scindhia H: Thanks so much!

    • Scindhia H profile image

      Scindhia 

      4 years ago from Chennai

      Looks yummy!

    • SandyMertens profile image

      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I have yet to try tofu.

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      thecandylandstore 

      4 years ago

      besides TOFU can i use Cottage cheese, but it looks delicious

      thanks for sharing

    • marley101 lm profile image

      marley101 lm 

      4 years ago

      Looks really Yummy :)

      Thanks for share the recipe

    • LoriBeninger profile image

      LoriBeninger 

      4 years ago

      This looks delicious...and since I'm close to being a vegetarian (pescetarian actually), I'll have to give this a try. Thank you.

    • Nightcat profile image

      Nightcat 

      4 years ago

      This sounds amazing and economical to boot. Sure beats a Tofurkey! :)

    • Lucildoll LM profile image

      Lucildoll LM 

      4 years ago

      It certainly looks delicious,thanks for sharing the recipe. Great lens.

    • PattiJAdkins profile image

      PattiJAdkins 

      4 years ago

      Sounds good! Thanks :)

    • VspaBotanicals profile image

      VspaBotanicals 

      4 years ago

      Saving this recipe right now! Thank you!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Marja79: oh, I would say 1 tablespoon per serving.

    • Marja79 profile image

      Marja79 

      4 years ago

      So, about the rice stuffing. Is it 1/2 cup soy sauce or tablespoon or teaspoon or?

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Marja79: Oh, yes, let me know how she likes it.

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      Marja79 

      4 years ago

      I have to try this. My sister-in-law is vegetarian and says that she has never made anything tasty from tofu. Lets give this a try then! I hope I can find arrowroot powder here.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @TerriCarr: Let me know how it turns out.

    • TerriCarr profile image

      TerriCarr 

      4 years ago

      I will print this recipe and give it a try. Hopefully I will comment back here if I like it!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @stefanifaith: Thanks stefan.

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      ShelbyLinMarie 

      4 years ago

      Yum!! Thank you for this!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ShelbyLinMarie: My pleasure.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ShelbyLinMarie: My pleasure.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Linda BookLady: I hope it turned out good.

    • stefanifaith profile image

      stefanifaith 

      4 years ago

      Love it!

    • Linda BookLady profile image

      Linda Jo Martin 

      4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I've got to try this! Maybe I'll take it to our apartment community Christmas dinner. Thanks for the recipe!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ecogranny: I think you might like this because this one hardly tastes like tofu. I promise!

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      Kathryn Grace 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      While I have never learned to enjoy tofu, this recipe has so many tasty ingredients, that I think I might like it quite a lot. Thank you for showing me a way to incorporate the protein from tofu into a dish that looks and sounds scrumptious.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @nicks44: thanks nicks. I hope you like it.

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      nicks44 

      4 years ago

      That looks delicious, thank you for sharing the recipe, I might just give it a try!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Tasha North: Hmmm...in that case you should definitely make this! It doesn't taste like tofu. Honestly!

    • Tasha North profile image

      Tasha North 

      4 years ago

      I love toffy recipes, but unfortunately i am the only one in the house that likes it

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @chrisilouwho: Please let me know how it turns out.

    • chrisilouwho profile image

      chrisilouwho 

      4 years ago

      Thanks for this recipe, I am definitely going to try this out on company next weekend, sounds simple enough even for me! Thanks again!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @DLeighAlexander: Wow what a spread! Will you invite me? hehe. Yes my tofu recipe is actually perfect for everyday meals as they were meant to be anyway. Thanks for commenting!

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      DLeighAlexander 

      4 years ago

      Turkey, cornbread dressing, fresh cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes & gravy, broccoli casserole, garden salad--plus pumpkin pie, & maybe pecan pie too! Then after my daughter got married, I added rib roast since my son-in-law in not a fan of turkey. It makes for a great family celebration while mainly being thankful to just be together! Maybe I'll give your tofu recipe a try sometime other than the holidays;) It sounds good!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Bercton1: Thank you bercton. I hope you get a chance to try it out

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @tonyleather: We don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Japan either. I just happen to love the feasting that happens. hehe

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @TheWritingnag: I hope they like it as much as I do. cheers!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VinnWong: It really is Vinn. Tofu is so versatile it can do pretty much anything!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Diaper Bag Blog: Thanks stajo. I like your enthusiasm! :)

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @SteveKaye: Yes, this is definitely great at any meal.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @LiteraryMind: Yay! So glad to hear you say that. I tried hard to make this one.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @imagelist lm: My pleasure and thanks for visiting!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @RoadMonkey: Great! time for a tofu loaf! I hope you enjoyed it RoadMonkey.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @sybil watson: I know I love my Le Creuset pan. Thanks so much sybil. I hope you get to try it.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Merrci: Glad you like this recipe. It's quite easy to make and really yummy. Let me know how it turns out.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @LornsA178: Let me know if you do. Thanks for reading!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @sousababy: Yes the first time I made it I was surpised how easy it was to make. And it came out perfectly the very first time.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @David Stone1: Sounds like me. :)

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @lesliesinclair: Thanks Papier. Oh how I miss turkey with gravy and stuffing.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @yengnimcdo: It's actually not that difficult. Please take a look at my tofu lens.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Brite-Ideas: Oh believe me it does. Try it and tell me what you think. :)

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      Bercton1 

      4 years ago

      looks very attractive and delicious!

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      tonyleather 

      4 years ago

      We do not celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UK, but would probably have Turkey if we did!

    • TheWritingnag profile image

      Writing Nag 

      4 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      This looks delicious! And I will be sure to share with my vegetarian sisters. Thank you!

    • VinnWong profile image

      VinnWong 

      4 years ago

      This one is spectacular! So unique, I have never seen tofu being used like this. I never knew it could even do that. Amazing!

    • Diaper Bag Blog profile image

      Stanley Green 

      4 years ago from Czech Republic

      Tooofuuuu!!! Give me the toofuuu!!! :) I like your recipe ... looks sooo yummy!

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      SteveKaye 

      4 years ago

      This looks really good. It's something that could be served on any day. Yum!

    • LiteraryMind profile image

      Ellen Gregory 

      4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      This sounds like one of the better tofu loaf recipes. Sounds really tasty.

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      imagelist lm 

      4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing...

    • RoadMonkey profile image

      RoadMonkey 

      4 years ago

      That sounds interesting and tasty. I have some tofu in my cupboard and had no idea what really to do with it. Now I can try this!

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      sybil watson 

      4 years ago

      What a nice change for Thanksgiving - the recipe sounds great and that Le Creuset loaf pan is gorgeous.

    • Merrci profile image

      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      This looks delicious Smine 27. I've been looking for some vegetarian choices, so I will be trying this one. Great lens!

    • LornsA178 profile image

      LornsA178 

      4 years ago

      This recipe sounds easy to make and it looks delicious too. I hope I'll have a chance to make it. Thanks!

    • sousababy profile image

      sousababy 

      4 years ago

      This looks incredibly easy to do - I do a turkey with bacon strips (but no stuffing). Your vegetarian tofu loaf would certainly satisfy the vegetarian crowd who loves stuffing.

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      David Stone 

      4 years ago from New York City

      Since we have no family near, it's not something we pay a lot of intention to. We just stay vegetarian, as usual.

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      lesliesinclair 

      4 years ago

      For me, it's turkey and gravy, but this dish of yours would be remarkable at another time.

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      Miel Echon 

      4 years ago from PH

      i love tofu.. i wish i can make it at home.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I'll bet this tastes really good

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