Although this is typically more of a summery dish, the other day I had a craving for barbecue. Luscious, spicy-sweet barbecue that leaves your mouth warm and wanting more...I had to have it! So I came up with an amazing recipe that will delight your tongue and satisfy your tummy.
1 block firm or extra firm tofu
1-2 tbsp barbecue spice (or combine your favourites of garlic, oregano, nutmeg, savoury, paprika, ginger, and others)
1 tsp cumin seed
dash sea salt (if your barbecue spice includes salt, you may want to omit this)
1-2 tsp liquid smoke
1-2 tsp unrefined sugar
1-2 tsp cayenne pepper
3 tbsp diced tomatoes and chillies
splash soy sauce
1-2 tsp oil of your choice
1/4-1/2 sweet onion
optional, to taste:
crushed red pepper
1) Press the tofu in a pickle press (sometimes called tsukemono press) or between two weighted plates. Once the tofu has been pressed, cut into four slices and set aside.
2) Combine the barbecue spices, along with the optional spices if you intend to use them, with the sugar and pepper. Mix thoroughly, then add the liquid smoke and soy sauce. Add the diced tomatoes and chillies and stir again, then add a little bit of water if it is too thick.
3) Heat the oil in a frypan and wait for it to get hot. Add cumin seed to the oil and let them sizzle, then place the tofu slices in the pan and coat them with the oil and cumin seed, turning a few times to make sure they are entirely covered.
4) Cook the tofu slices until they are golden on both sides. Then add onion, cooking until the onion has become semi-transparent and reduced.
5) Add the barbecue sauce, spreading around one side, then turn the slices and add the rest, spreading on the other side. Turn down the heat and let it cook until any extra liquid has cooked out.
6) Grate asiago cheese atop the slices, then flip and do the same for the other side, while they are still cooking. It will melt and blend with the sauce, to make a truly amazing taste.
7) Serve hot on buns. Layer the slices with one slice of tofu, a layer of onion, then another slice of tofu, topped by a last layer of onion. Makes two delicious sandwiches!
Tips and Such
- You can substitute nutritional yeast flakes for the asiago. It won't be exactly the same flavour, but it will give a comparable addition to the dish that will be especially delicious and keep it vegan too!
- You can mash the tofu, if you prefer, and simply cook it that way. It will be like a shredded barbecue sandwich.
- Potato side dishes make a perfect complement to these sandwiches, both crisps and chips, mashed potatoes, or whatever you might want to try. Experiment and find a great match!
As you can see, these are lovely and quite a filling meal! It's enough for one person to eat without side dishes, or two to eat with side dishes. This takes virtually no time at all to prepare, so it is an ideal dish for a night where you just want something delicious but don't want to spend a great deal of time in the kitchen. You can so easily double the recipe to feed a larger group, or if you're not very hungry, just refrigerate half of the tofu and onions for up to a week and reheat whenever you please!
Keep warm and happy this chilly and dark time of year. I hope this will help you in that goal!
};) Dhiar <3