Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, this umami-rich tofu tastes deep fried but it isn’t. No need for a panini press when you’ve got a waffle iron to turn your meal into a party on your plate! It’s like a Southern meal and a hippie plate met cute in a rom-com and it’s heaven.
I used a nonstick waffle iron and recommend using one for this.
1 lb. extra firm or firm tofu, pressed to extract the water, patted dry 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast 1 - 2 teaspoons garlic granules 1 teaspoon onion granules ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika Salt and pepper to taste
Slice the pressed tofu into lengthwise rectangles. I made two large pieces but you can make three or four thinner ones. It’s up to you.
Mix the marinade ingredients in a medium cup. It will be thick. Spread this on the bottom of a shallow baking dish. Baste the tofu with the marinade and coat all over, including the sides. Allow this to soak in for an hour.
Heat a nonstick waffle iron and when it is ready, place one slice of tofu in it and lightly press down. (You may want to lightly coat the iron with oil before putting in the tofu.) If your waffle iron has a temperature setting, place it at medium. Press for 4 - 5 minutes or until crispy and evenly cooked. Remove and put the next pieces in, cooking the same way. Serve warm with Quick and Easy Gravy, sprinkle with optional parsley.
Quick and Easy Gravy
3 tablespoons olive oil or vegan butter 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour or gluten-free all purpose flour 2 cups vegetable, vegan chicken or vegan beef broth, warmed 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast 1 tablespoon tamari Salt and pepper to taste Minced parsley, optional
Heat the oil or vegan butter over medium heat until warmed. Add the flour and whisk. Stir for a few minutes. Slowly, whisk in the broth, nutritional yeast and tamari. Simmer, whisking constantly, until thickened, about five minutes. Season with salt and pepper.