Of all the plant-based alternatives out there, tofu is probably the one that most turns up people’s noses, maybe because of its texture and lack of flavour. I mean, completely true!
But it’s the bland flavour that makes it a super versatile ingredient: tofu absorbs any flavours you marinate or cook it with and you would never tell, but you can even make desserts with tofu.
For those of you who are not familiar with it, tofu simply is a food made with condensed soy milk and then pressed into solid white blocks, just like cheese. It originated in China but today is widely produced here in Europe with organic and European grown soy, so nothing to worry about...
I’ll leave you to experts’ words on tofu's health benefits, all I can do on my end, is to keep sharing mouth-watering recipes such as these breaded tofu fingers.
300g firm tofu
5 tbsp olive oil
½ tbsp lemon
1 tsp sweet paprika
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
½ tsp salt
*Breadcrumbs for coating
Press the tofu and dry it with a tea towel. Mix all the ingredients together for the marinade - with exception of the breadcrumbs.
Slice the tofu into 1cm thick sticks and place these to marinate. The longer the better, but 1 hour should do.
Preheat the oven at 180 °C fan, coat the tofu sticks with breadcrumbs and place these on a baking tray. Bake for 20 minutes, then turn on the grill for the last 3 minutes.
Serve warm, topping with spring onions or fresh parsley and enjoy with a drizzle of lime or dipped into your favourite sauce.
*Make it gluten-free: replace normal breadcrumbs with a GF version.