Ginger Baked Tofu
|Source||National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA)|
|Prep time||1 hour|
|Cooking time||30 minutes|
|Total time||1 hour, 30 minutes|
We love the flavor in this dish, a delightful melody of sesame, ginger and maple syrup. Try it over udon noodles or rice and accompany it with steamed broccoli or other crunchy vegetables.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Pat the tofu rectangles dry with a paper towel, and place on a sheet pan with a rim. Brush the tofu with the sesame oil. Bake for 30 minutes, flipping each piece over after 15 minutes. Carefully drain most of the oil from the sheet pan. Mix together the ginger, garlic, tamari, mirin and maple syrup, and pour it over the tofu. Bake for another 15 minutes until the tofu is firm and the sauce has reduced. Remove from heat and serve, drizzled with the sauce from the baking pan and garnished with fresh minced ginger, sesame seeds and scallions.
* Mirin is a sweetened rice wine that is an essential component of Japanese cooking. You can substitute white wine sweetened with a bit of sugar (1/4 cup wine plus 1 tablespoon sugar) or use apple juice if you prefer.