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Relay (and Friends) Recipes: “Engagement Tofu”

One of the great things about the cities that Relay calls home is that we’re not alone in our love of great food and recipes. As demonstrated by the gourmet Super Bowl recipes from Richmond blogger Tim Vidra that we featured in our weekly e-mail, there are plenty of Richmonders sharing their culinary creativity in exciting ways.

This week, Lauren of the veg:ology blog (and a recent celebrity on Richmond.com) was generous enough to share her Engagement Tofu recipe with us just in time for Valentine’s Day.

“Engagement Tofu?” you ask. You may have heard of “Engagement Chicken” — a dish first reported in Glamour magazine as a sure means of getting one’s significant other to “put a ring on it.” While the chicken sounds delicious too, we love vegetarian Lauren’s lighthearted adaptation — and her obvious success! Congrats, Lauren!

Whether you’re long-married or hopeful this Valentine’s Day, show your significant other you care about his (or her) heart and health!

Lauren’s Engagement Tofu

recipe and photo credit: Lauren of veg:ology

Ingredients:

1- 14 oz. package of firm tofu, drained
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:
  1. Wrap block of tofu in towels and place on cutting board or in large colander. Press the tofu by placing a second cutting board or a very flat plate on top of the block, and then place two cans or a bottle of wine on top. Let stand for 15 minutes, then squeeze water out of the tofu and through the towels.
  2. While the tofu is being pressed, make the marinade. Combine soy sauce, lemon juice, olive oil, dijon mustard, sugar, basil and thyme in a small bowl and stir to mix.
  3. Unwrap tofu and pat dry. Slice the pressed tofu into eight 1/2-inch thick slices.
  4. Place the tofu slices in a baking dish and pour the marinade over top. Let the tofu marinate for one hour, turning the slices over halfway through.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  6. Remove tofu from marinade and place on a baking sheet lightly sprayed with olive oil. Sprinkle the tofu with salt and pepper to taste and then spoon the remaining marinade over each piece.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, then turn each piece over and bake for another 10-15 minutes, until the tofu is lightly browned.

What’s your go-to “way to his heart is through his stomach” recipe?

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