(marinating above and baked below)
I'm learning to prepare tofu in new ways, and to make it shine as the protein of a meal. Recently the grocery store had a special on Ken's salad dressings, so I tried a few that I normally might not. When stuck at home due to bad weather, I brainstormed with what I had on hand. This Asian-inspired dish is tempered by the sweetness of apple butter, and the nuttiness of sesame seeds. The sweetness of the apples made a great complement to the umami soy sauce in the dressing. Let me know if you try it yourself!
Apple Butter Marinated Tofu
1 package Firm or Extra Firm Tofu, pressed
1/2 cup Parrish Pioneer Ranch Unsweetend Apple Butter (or other brand)
1/2 cup Ken's Steak House Lite Asian Sesame With Ginger and Soy Dressing
1/4 to 1/2 cup Toasted Sesame Seeds
Press the tofu under a heavy plate for 20 minutes to remove excess water. Slice the tofu into four patties approx 1/2 inch thick.
Add the other ingredients to a small bowl and whisk.
Place the tofu in a dish large enough to allow room around all the patties. Drench with the dressing. Cover the dish and allow tofu to marinate for several hours or overnight.
Bake the tofu in the dish at 325 degrees for approx 40 mins, or grill. I recommend baking over grilling as you can have more of the sauce in the pan with the tofu steaks. Grilling will give a crispier skin, but less sauce. Serve warm on salad greens or plain.