Continued Experiments in Vegetarianism – Mustardy Tofu (with “on a stick” option!)

Knowing that men seem to love any food that includes “on a stick” in the title, I thought I would give this Mustardy Tofu on a Stick a try at our house.  Sadly, we actually found it easier to create and eat these sans sticks, but if you’re determined, I’m sure you can make it work.  It was actually quite easy to make, but you do need to plan ahead due to the marinating.  I served them up with some fresh-made pita and hummus (more on that on Friday) and we feasted like veggie royalty. 😉  Read on to the end to see our thoughts on this new-to-us recipe.

Pretty tasty. 🙂

What you need:

*a pound(ish) of extra firm tofu
*1/2 cup sweet and hot mustard (Let me tell you what I did.  I couldn’t find any sweet and hot mustard, so I made my own creation from 1/4 cup honey mustard, 1/4 cup yellow mustard, and hot sauce.  Sounds gross?  It was actually quite yummy!)
*bread crumbs (enough to cover a plate/coat the tofu pieces)
*pepper flakes (to taste)  (If you’re not a fan of spicy, leave them out…it won’t hurt anything.)
*bamboo skewers if you’re so inclined
*a little olive oil
*a baking sheet
*a baking dish (or some dish large enough to hold all tofu)
(Take note!  “To taste” means I have no idea how much I used…I just threw some in there and hoped for yum to happen.)
What to do:
1.  Cut tofu into 8 “sticks.”  (I cut the block in half, then cut each half in half, and then cut each of those pieces in half…all lengthwise so you end up with something that looks like sticks of butter.)
2.  Use paper towels to gently absorb moisture from tofu sticks.  Gentle!  Those little guys break pretty easily.
3.  Place sticks in a pan large enough for all sticks to be in one layer with a little space between them.
4.  Mix up your mustard creation (or use sweet and hot mustard) and use a spoon or brush to coat each stick (all sides!)…just make a big, mustardy mess of the thing….mustard everywhere!
5.  Cover and marinate for several hours (overnight probably wouldn’t hurt…ours marinated for about 9 or 10 hours and had plenty of flavor).
6.  When you’re ready to prepare your dinner, preheat oven to 375 degrees.
7.  Throw some bread crumbs and pepper flakes on a plate.
8.  Gently take each stick of tofu and coat all sides with bread crumbs.  This is a messy, far-from-dainty process, but the alluring mustard scent lingers on your hands for quite some time….you have been warned!
9.  Put a little olive oil on a baking sheet and spread it about.
10.  Place tofu sticks on baking sheet and bake for 10 – 15 minutes (until they look the level of crispy that you desire).
11.  Enjoy!
****If you wish to use skewers, be all smart and stuff and check to see if they’re oven-safe.  If they are, you can pop the skewers into the tofu (gently!) before breading them.  If the skewers are not oven-safe, you can easily pop them into the tofu sticks after they come out of the oven.
How was it received by my family?  Well, I intentionally made this one when my stepdaughter wasn’t here….she thinks tofu is one of the four-letter-words that she shouldn’t be saying. 😉  My husband seemed pretty pleased.  No socks were knocked off, but there won’t be any crying-stomping-hissy-fits if this is dinner again sometime.  As with all recipes, we’ll probably continue to tweek this one until we get it just how we like it.  Obviously, if you and yours aren’t fans of mustard, this is not the meal for you.  We’re mustard-lovers here, so we enjoyed the flavors.

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