Friday, July 10, 2009

crusted tofu and sautéed chard

i'm no gourmet vegan chef, but sometimes i put my fancy pants on. i love to make these crusted tofu cutlets because they are simple, and you can easily glamorize them. plus they are baked, not fried, so they are definitely on the healthier side. to give the tofu a firmer texture, you can freeze it after pressing. just be sure to give it enough time to thaw, though. i've made that mistake a few times!

  • 1 block of extra firm tofu
  • 1 bunch gold chard, chopped
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ cups balsamic vinegar
for the marinade:
  • 2 cups veggie broth
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
for the batter:
  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon adobo seasoning
press your tofu and slice into thick slabs. mix marinade ingredients in a bowl. lay tofu slices in a 8x11 casserole dish, and pour marinade over top. place dish in the refrigerator for at least four hours.

mix batter ingredients on plate or in a bowl. take each tofu slab and place in them mixture. coat both sides. place a layer of foil on a cookie sheet, and coat with nonstick spray or use a little olive oil. bake tofu in oven for 30 minutes at 440°f, flipping half way through.

while tofu is baking, place the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan on medium heat. once balsamic is heated up, turn burner to low and stir often. the heat causes the vinegar to thicken up into a nice glaze. some people add sugar to their reductions, but i don't think it needs it.

put butter in non-stick skillet, and sauté garlic. once garlic starts to brown, add the chard and tomato. continue sautéing on medium-high until chard is tender. sometimes i will add a tablespoon or two of water to assist the wilting process.

make a bed of greens with the chard and place two tofu cutlets on top. drizzle with balsamic reduction sauce, and enjoy and an easy 'gourmet' dinner. :)


Lauren said...

Yum, I love chard! Mmm!

allijag said...

I'm LOVING THE FANCY PANTS MEAL! That all look so great! Especially the tofu -mMMMMM :)

Anonymous said...

that looks awesome...I am in love with how you cook that tofu.

if you froze it would you freeze it before or after marinating?

Adam said...

Well hello Queen Fancy Pants :) This is something you can invite someone over for... I love the golden crust.

Speaking of inviting, I can be free this weekend...

Jeni Treehugger said...

Fancy pants indeed! This looks super scrummy!

veggievixen said...

great idea with the batter. i was wondering how you would do it vegan style. i looooove baked tofu. i can't get enough.

jessy said...

i love putting my fancy pants on sometimes, too! hooray! your crusted 'fu 'n chard looks wonderful, miss v.! i can't wait to give your recipe a whirl! mmmmmmmmmmmm!

just wanted to let you know that dan & i are making your creamy cashew pasta sauce later on this week - i can't wait! i'll let you know how it goes!

iRaw said...

Yum! This looks great. I love chard!

Mrs. Mandy said...

Looks great, as usual. Would LOVE any advice/books/tips/recipes for vegan baking. All. Over. It.

Anonymous said...

Girl, you can put your fancy pants on anytime at my place! That looks delicious!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

YUM! sounds like an awesome meal!