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.

- 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

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.


Eating Consciously said...

Tofu and Vegetables! A match made in heaven ;)

Bianca said...

That tofu looks perfect! I'm bad about not allowing tofu to fry long enough because I get impatient. I'll have to try the braising method.

speedwell said...

Another beautiful low(ish) carb, suitable-for-diabetics, dinner recipe! Hooray!

Thank you so much for turning your attention to lower-carb vegan recipes. I can't wait until I can give up the (bluh) eggs and cheese and go back to being vegan again... the low-carb diet is doing wonders for my blood sugar and keeping me off insulin, but I HATE meat.

Joanne said...

I am such a Top Chef fan as well. I like to think that watching it is infusing me with new ideas about flavors and cooking. Plus the food they create is like eye candy.

Needless to say, this looks like a new (great) way to eat tofu! I think I would add some sweet potatoes to the veggie mix, though. In my mind, there's no to point to roasting if there are no sweet potatoes :P.

shelby said...

What a fabulous idea! I will be sure to try this method out.

Kate said...

Nice to know that another veggie still loves Ramsay even while he abuses us. We can send him a nice card after he succumbs to some meaty disease in a few years :)

Braised dinner looks yummy, BTW. I'll have to try it next week when it cools down again.

Veganthony said...

Hey VeganDAD. I love braising veggies and tofu. Is this your favorite technique for braising? I like using a dutch oven and braising on the stove...I don't know if this is technically different.