Have you ever had one of those days where nothing goes according to plan?
You step into every puddle on the street, your computer crashes on you just as you finish a presentation you have been working on forever and you get to the gym only to realise that you left your joggers at home? Yes, I had one of those days today and came back home throughly exhausted.
All I wanted was some good comfort food. And that’s exactly what I made for dinner.
Honey Tonked Tofu anyone?
It’s one of my favourite spring dishes – it’s healthy, delicate and tastes gorgeous! Also at less than 200 calories a portion, what’s not to like?
To make this vegetarian delight, you will need –
- 450 grams Tofu
- 2 small Red Onions
- 4 tablespoons Fresh Dill
- 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 3 tablespoons Dry White Wine
- 2 tablespoons White Wine Vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Honey Mustard
- 1 tablespoon Wholegrain Mustard
- 1 Lemon
- a pinch of Salt
This should make the perfect entrée for 3-4 people.
As always, I cannot stress enough, the importance of using good quality ingredients – they really do make a considerable difference. I use organic tofu and Maille mustards in my recipe here. Nobody does mustards better than Maille, so if you are using mustard in your food, you might as well buy the best! I was given a Waitrose Gift Card recently and was more than happy to spend it on the best mustard in town. 🙂
Start by preheating your oven to 175′ C and thinly slicing the onions.
In a bowl, combine the wholegrain mustard, honey mustard, wine, vinegar and olive oil and mix. Add a pinch of salt if required after tasting the mixture.
Now comes my favourite part – chopping the dill! I love the smell and the texture of dill, it’s such a wonderful herb.
Finely chop the dill and add this to the sauce.
I always play this recipe by ear. Whilst it’s important to get the delicate flavours right, its even more important that you personalise the sauce to your tastes. So have a taste of the sauce and add a bit more mustard or dill or even some more white wine to personalise it to your taste buds. More wine can never be a bad thing eh? 😉
Once you get the sauce right, pour it over the finely chopped red onions and combine.
And you are almost done! Told you this was a simple recipe.
Cut the block of tofu into 1.2 inch thick slices and pat dry with a paper towel. You want to drain as much water as you can from the tofu so that the tofu takes in some of the sauce whilst it bakes.
Assemble the tofu slices in a baking dish, fitting them in as snug as you can. Pour the marinade over the tofu making sure you spread a layer of the sauce all over the tofu.
Doesn’t that just look amazing? This dish has spring/summer written all over it!
Bake the tofu in the oven for about 45 minutes or until all the sauce has been soaked up by the tofu and the onions are crisp and caramelised.
Take it out of the oven and you are ready to plate up.
I usually sprinkle some dill on the top and serve with a wedge of lemon. And there you have it – Honey Tonked Tofu.
Simple, delicate and healthy! What more could you want from a starter?