Ten-minute Tofu

This is a really easy way to make a tasty main dish to accompany whatever you have on hand.  It has its own flavor, somewhat similar to chicken nuggets, and because the flavor is unevenly distributed it’s more interesting to eat, I think.

For one serving, you will need:
10 strips of tofu about 1/8″ x 1″ x 2″
about 2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast flakes (huh?)
about 2 tsp. barbecue sauce

Place tofu on clean towel, fold towel over it, and press gently to remove excess water.

Spread yeast on a plate, about 1/8″ deep over an area large enough to lay the tofu strips side-by-side.  Drizzle sauce onto yeast. 

Lay tofu strips on saucy yeast and press down.  Flip them over and press again.  Lay them in an oiled baking pan with the first side (the one with more sauce) facing up.  Alternatively, you can put them on top of some other food you are reheating, such as leftover Potato-Turnip Thing.

Bake at 375F for about 10 minutes or until edges crisp.  (Use a toaster-oven if making a small number of servings.)

I got this general idea for tofu flavoring from Passionate Vegetarian by Crescent Dragonwagon: One of her tofu recipes calls for yeast flakes and barbecue sauce, among other ingredients, and when Daniel made it last year it was delicious but didn’t come out the way he was expecting–the crust came off and settled into blobs in the pan, and the tofu was not very crispy–so we didn’t make it again.  Last night, confronted with a desire for a “good dinner”, a three-year-old who only wanted to eat raisin bran, a partner sick in bed who only wanted soup, a pack of tofu nearing its expiration date, and a jar of leftover Potato-Turnip Thing, I was inspired to try the same flavoring with a much simpler preparation method.  Yum!  I will make this again!