Saturday, January 24, 2009

Braised Tofu and Vegetables

I love watching cooking shows. Well, more like cooking competition shows. Top Chef is a favourite, and I love anything with Gordon Ramsay, even though he pretty much mocks everything I stand for. Anyway, it seems like someone on these shows is always braising some piece of meat, so I thought I would apply the method to some tofu. Braising is usually reserved for tough pieces of meat that need to be tenderized, so I guess you really don't need to braise tofu. Still, the end result was quite tasty, and I love the taste of oven roasted veggies.


INGREDIENTS
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1 pkg extra firm tofu, thickly sliced
- 1 sweet onion, halved and sliced
- 1 small red onion, halved and sliced
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 1 large carrot, sliced
- pinch of tumeric
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 1/2 cup white wine

METHOD
Preheat to 350 degrees
1. Heat oil in an ovenproof frying pan over medium heat. Fry tofu slices for a few minutes on each side, until lightly browned. Remove tofu from pan and set aside.
2. Add vegetables to the pan and fry for 8-10 mins, until softened and onion is beginning to brown. Add spices and mix well. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Add wine to the pan. Let bubble for a few mins to let the wine reduce a bit. Place tofu on top of the veggies, baste with sauce, and place pan in the oven.
4. Bake for 30 mins, uncovered, basting tofu every 10 mins, until veggies are cooked, sauce is reduced, and tofu is golden brown. Serve tofu with veggies in the side, and topped with extra sauce.