My block of tofu that’s been sitting in the fridge for the past several weeks was originally going to be reserved for miso soup. Thing is, I was sick recently. While being sick, I ate entirely too much soup of the instant and canned variety, as being sick = being lazy. So, being officially sick of soup, I decided the miso soup was not meant to be. There was this bag full of wheat rolls that had been staring longingly at me for quite some time now, so I decided to pair the two and make tofu burgers.
So you’re supposed to drain tofu before using it, something that I tend to completely forget about. This time, however, I remembered, and here are some precise instructions for doing so:
1. Remove tofu from package.
2. Plop tofu on a surface which is allowed to get wet (I used a pan).
3. Lay paper towel on top of tofu.
4. Lay random heavy object on top of tofu.
5. After 5 minutes, you will hear a loud clattering sound from the kitchen. Go into kitchen and retrieve heavy object that has fallen off of tofu. Tofu should have a vaguely trapezoidal shape by this point.
6. Find an object that is more bottom-heavy then the object you were previously using. Set object on top of tofu. Object should slant dashingly but, in theory at least, will not fall off. Let sit for 20 to 30 minutes, or whenever you get too hungry, whichever comes first.
So after this, slice the tofu into appropriately meaty slices. I did three, though I really could have done four. My original plan had been to bake them in the oven, but then I got this brilliant idea. A slice of tofu is approximately the shape of a slice of bread. Thus, tofu goes in the toaster. I cranked the toaster to a nice high setting, and kept retoasting the tofu until it looked appropriately crispy. This worked far better then I would have imagined. This is the first time in my entire life that I’ve managed to make tofu with an actual crisp exterior. Cooking tofu in a toaster is awesome, and I shall be repeating this method in the future.
I was only brave enough to try one slice, so the other two went in the oven, after being slickly coated with Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce. Incidentally, this stuff is pretty good. You can even try a bottle for free, by sending away for a coupon here!
So we made delicious sandwiches using some colby jack, tomatoes, and spinach:
Incidentally, the next time I make some fried rice, I’m gonna cook tofu in the toaster and then dice it up and add it to the rice. For too long have I dealt with overly-moist spongy tofu, and am looking forward to never having to deal with it again!