Tuesday, October 18, 2011

vegan mofo :: baked apple-dijon tofu and "30-day vegan challenge" winner!

Start this easy tofu marinade in the morning before you leave for work, and bake it when you come home.
I adore the signature, hot-sweet-sour essence of Southeast Asian dishes. This flavor trinity inspired me to create this easy, fusion baked tofu. The sweet comes from apple juice and agave nectar, sour from apple cider vinegar and Dijon mustard, and heat from garlic, ginger and a glob of your favorite hot sauce [I love Sriracha ] This takes 15 minutes of hands-on time, tops; I am really into easy meals, lately – as I'm sure you all are.

Before I give you the recipe, I'd like to announce, without further ado, the winner of The 30-Day Vegan Challenge. Congratulations.....[drumroll]....Bev, the vegan wannabe! Bev, please email me at theurbanvegan@yahoo.com with your mailing address. Thanks to everyone who entered. Watch for more cool giveaways during the remaining days of VeganMofo.

Baked Apple-Dijon Tofu

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 3 T agave nectar
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 1/2 T hot sauce [or to taste]
  • 1/2 T olive oil
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds, divided
  • 1 pound of extra-firm tofu, pressed, and sliced into 4 steaks

Serves 4

In a large glass baking dish, whisk together juice, agave nectar, vinegar, soy sauce, hot sauce, olive oil, mustard, garlic, ginger and 1/2 of the sesame seeds. Place the tofu in the marinade. Flip, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight, turning occasionally.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes, Remove from oven and gently flip tofu. Scatter remaining sesame seeds on top of tofu steaks, pressing down slightly with the back of a spoon. Bake 10-15 more minutes. Scrape up any remaining sauce to serve alongside the tofu.


Babette said...

This looks really good... I don't think I've ever encountered a recipe for sweet and sour tofu... I think I will like this a lot.

Angela @ Vegangela.com said...

Bookmarked, thanks!

Lori said...

This is what I will be making this weekend.

Farrah P said...

mmmm...I love all those flavors too!

Amanda said...

I've got my tofu in the press so I can make this for dinner tomorrow night. Yay!

Get Skinny, Go Vegan. said...

Wow! Beautiful photo!

myveganlondon said...

It looks de-li-cious! Really nice picture and great recipe.

Lori said...

Just wanted you to know that I did indeed make this over the weekend and it was fantastic! Thank you!