Hoover’s Views...How I Survived the Holidays - and Tofu too!
Christmas and New Year are great times of the year if you’re a dog. More people, more fireplace time, more grilled food and new toys! I’ve got to say the best thing this year was lots of grilled food.
But, the one really strange, food that Roger has been grilling is tofu… yuck. He says that with the right marinade, grilled tofu is very good. You may not believe it, but grilled tofu really does taste good. The reasons to grill tofu are that it’s healthy for everyone and it’s the perfect main course when some of your dinner guests are vegans.
Here’s how he does it; it’s real simple:
1. Extra firm tofu, 8 to 12 oz. Do not use “regular” or “firm”, it must be “extra firm”.
2. Beef bouillon concentrate (paste, or cubes)
3. Worcestershire Sauce
4. Soy sauce
5. Mrs. Wright’s liquid smoke
6. Fresh ground pepper
If you have a thick piece of tofu, slice it in half. Trim the edges of the tofu so it looks like a steak. Prepare about 8 oz. of marinade by making beef bouillon 4 times stronger than listed. Add a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, a tablespoon of liquid smoke and 4 tablespoons of soy sauce.
Remove all the moisture from the tofu steak with paper towels. Rub freshly ground pepper into both sides and place the tofu in a container that will allow the marinade to cover it. Pour in the marinade, cover the container and place it in the fridge. After 12 hours, turn the tofu steak over so the marinade soaks in better and leave it in the fridge for another 12 hours. If you leave the tofu steak refrigerated in the marinade for a couple of days it will taste even better. You now have a tan tofu steak, ready to grill.
Preheat the grill for at least 15 minutes, just like you’re grilling a regular steak. Remove the tofu from the marinade, pat it dry with paper towels and let it come up to room temperature. Lightly salt it. Lightly rub it on both sides with cooking oil. It’s fragile, so handle gently. Grill it just like it’s a steak being grilled medium rare, then close the grill lid. Use a spatula to turn it. Your finished tofu steak will have better grill marks than a regular steak. It will be very tender and taste amazingly good. It can be paired with a soft Merlot, Ros´, or Gewürztraminer.