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Jan. 3rd, 2006 @ 04:01 pm First attempt with tofu
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My wife and I gave up most meat in August and have used a lot of the fake meats out there. I finally decided to give tofu a try and made the Indonesian Sate recipe from the Vegetarian Cooking for Dummies book. I thought it was pretty good, but my wife took one bite and refused to eat it. She couldn't stand the texture which was about the firmness of jello. Is this normal for firm tofu? I pressed it between paper towels for about 15 minutes prior to cooking but it was still pretty soft.

Any suggestions for a recipe that she might like?
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Date:January 4th, 2006 12:38 am (UTC)
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It took me a few tries to like tofu. I am a big texture person (I hate the texture of mushrooms). Did you brown the tofu?

Try extra-firm. When you press it it just gets extra water out to allow it to soak up marinades. I don't think it changes the texture. I usually press tofu (wrapped in paper towels) for 30-45 minutes between two plates weighted with a couple of cans.

Jack Bishop's cookbook has a recipe for a thai basil, "Spicy Basil Tofu" in which the tofu is crumbled with forks so that it has a ground chicken texture. There are also some good recipes in the same book for glazed tofu (gives the tofu a crispy glaze on the outside).

Freezing tofu and then thawing it gives it a different texture.

Using a soft tofu in a lasagne or stuffed shell is a good way to hide tofu.

http://www.compassionatecooks.com/r/tofu_veggie_peanut.htm (this recipe is ok)
http://www.compassionatecooks.com/r/lasagna.htm (I haven't tried this one)

This salad served with this tofu together are really good:
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Date:January 4th, 2006 01:21 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the suggestions. I didn't brown the tofu, just baked it. Maybe she'll try it if I use the extra firm, Squeeze it, Freeze it, brown it then bake it. lol
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Date:January 4th, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)

you can also bread it

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cut it in small cubes, pour spicey bread crumb in a baggie and then the tofu, shake it till they are coated and deep fry in canola oil.
It is also great in brownies, instead of eggs, and god they are so moist.
I use it ground up for meat ball substitute,if you like mushrooms do have grated/shredded mushrooms and tofu with bread crumbs and spices and add to favorite tomato sauce , after you have browned them in a frying pan with a bit of olive oil.
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Date:January 5th, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)

Re: you can also bread it

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Mmm, thanks for the suggestions.