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Friday, March 18, 2011

Grilled Mediterranean-Inspired Herb Tofu

As promised, I have more recipes from my vegetarian series.  This one is a wonderfully delicious Mediterranean-inspired marinated grilled tofu recipe.  This fresh and flavorful dish is perfect for summer or any time at all.  I have grilled mine in my toaster oven and on my Foreman grill.  I think the Foreman is my preferred method, but either way, it is super delish!  

The smashing of all of the ingredients brings out their flavor and creates a smoother marinade that will keep the herbs from burning and integrate the flavors better.  Smashing the peppercorns gives you a nice spiciness that you don't normally associate with peppercorns.

The fresh Mediterranean salad is a wonderful, nutritious accompaniment to this dish.  This dish is bursting with flavor and is great for both your taste buds and your waistline.  Try this easy yet flavorful recipe yourself and show your the meat eaters in your life just how tasty tofu can be.  Enjoy!


1/4 tsp dried rosemary
3 cloves garlic, sliced
1 large basil leaf
¼-1/2   tsp oregano
Handful peppercorns (15)
Juice of one lime (you can also use lemon, but lime is much more easily accessible and more affordable in Miami)
1 tsp salt
1 TB olive oil
1 pack extra firm tofu (rinsed, patted dry, and sliced longways into four)

Cucumber, diced
Tomato, diced
olives, diced
white vinegar

1 mortar and pestle (easily found at any SE Asian market ($9-$15 for the mid sized one). The stone Thai versions are idea for creating smooth pastes--be sure it's deep enough to not splash when you are pounding the ingredients. Also, the sides should be thick to prevent breakage. Don't fall for the thinner, more shallow American versions)

Smash all garlic, herbs, salt, and peppercorns. together in a mortar and pestle until you form a homogeneous paste.

Gently blend in the olive oil and lime juice.

Marinate tofu ½ hr – 8 hrs. 

Grill to crispiness.

Serve with salad of diced tomato, olive (I used black), and seedless cucumber with a few splashes of white vinegar. 

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