I have decided, unequivocally, that tofu has been given a bad rap (or, if wrapped in a tortilla, a bad wrap). Tofu is scrumptious. It soaks up massive amounts of flavor from any great marinade. It bakes to perfection: crispy on the outside, like a chicharrón, and soft on the inside, like tender white fish. I am completely taken by tofu.
The Teriyaki Sauce is adapted from Kiyo’s recipe at My Lilikoi Kitchen. The oven-baked preparation of the crispy tofu is inspired by Martine’s recipe at Petit World Citizen. I adore both of these blogs and encourage you to visit them.
This marinated, baked tofu was served with short-grain Japanese brown rice and a medley of roasted vegetables for Christmas dinner. The black sesame seeds and green onions that garnish the dish give lovely color to the plate, especially with laid alongside bright, red roasted peppers. It was an untraditional but delicious holiday meal, especially after an appetizer of aged, artisan cheeses… and when served with a fabulous light red or medium-bodied white wine.
Take an adventure in tofu – you won’t regret it. An organic, firm tofu costs around $3.00 USD. Rice is also relatively inexpensive: a short-grain brown rice is a perfect vehicle to soak-up the delectable, homemade teriyaki sauce. Also, making your own teriyaki sauce tastes better than any store-bought variety and will save you some bills! There is not much investment for this new culinary experience.
The teriyaki sauce is adapted from Kiyo’s recipe at My Lilikoi Kitchen.
The oven-baked preparation of the tofu is inspired by Martine’s recipe at Petit World Citizen.
1/4 cup white, granulated sugar
3/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce (Kikkoman is best)
1 Tbsp. hoisin sauce
4 tablespoons good quality Spanish sherry. If not available, use extra dry Italian white vermouth
2 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 Tbsp. sesame oil
4 large garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp. dried ginger
1/4 tsp. cracked black pepper
1/4 cup green onions, sliced (use a good amount since they tend to shrink quite a bit once mixed into the sauce)
1, 14-ounce package organic, firm tofu, sliced into six slices
sesame seeds and sliced green onion, for garnish
Organic short-grain brown Japanese rice, to serve
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