Tuesday, 5 February 2013 09:00

Mains Whiskey Marinated Tofu Steaks

Tofu has a bad reputation. Sure, it’s a healthy alternative to meat, but society associates it with folks who like life bland. But we know you’re not bland. So spice up your tofu and get this #TuesdayBoozeday rolling with Whiskey Marinated Tofu Steaks!

Ingredients (makes two large steaks)

1 package of extra firm tofu

3 tsp whiskey

1 tsp bourbon

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp cinnamon

Sea salt

Fresh cracked pepper

1/2 tsp fennel seeds

Directions: Unwrap and drain your tofu. A pile of paper towel and some weight (like a heavy pan or cutting board) is a good way to really press it dry. Or a tofu press, but who has time for that? Let it sit while you prepare the marinade.

Crush up your fennel and add it to a bowl with the remaining ingredients. Stir, stir, stir!

Your tofu should pretty good by now, so cut it in half down the longer end of your tofu rectangle so you have two thinner steak-like pieces. It’s hard to describe, but that’s what the photo is for. Place “steaks” in a dish and pour half of your marinade on top. Give it a good rub to coat, flip and repeat. The longer you keep this in the fridge, the better it’s gonna taste. If you’re in a rush, give it at least 30 minutes to sponge up that whiskey.

For an authentic “steak” feel, heat your grill to 500 degrees, coat grates so your tofu won’t stick and grill away! It’ll only take about 5 minutes per side to get those char lines we all covet. No grill around? Pan fry these babies in some oil at medium heat, or toss them in a oven at 375 for 30 minutes. You won’t get those char marks I was talking about earlier, but if you close your eyes, it’s all the same.

Serve with a side of G’s Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts, a grain (2013 is the year of quinoa!) and dinner is done, son.

Look at you. Sure, you’re saving your insides from another round of red meat, but you’re also a party animal! We can’t be all good alright, life’s too short.

By: Eva Severed

BIG thanks to Better with Veggies, for the photo and recipe inspiration!