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Wednesday
Jul062011

beer baked, beer grilled, beer me

Let’s continue with the rest of that beer soaked meal.  It all started with Foodbuzz + New Belgium’s offer, to create a recipe infused with NB’s beer or one that would pair well with it.

Sipping beer is fun, but I find it more challenging to use beer as an ingredient.  What first sparked this meal idea, was Teri’s Beer BBQ Tofu.  I always trust Teri’s recipes, and knew this would be a winner. 

But before we talk about the recipe, let’s talk tofu.  I’ve only ever cooked with “extra firm” tofu, and I only buy this organic, sprouted brand.  Other tofu I’ve eaten doesn’t seem to agree with my stomach, but I’ve never had any issues with Wild Wood’s sprouted tofu.  Sprouted foods are typically easier to digest, which is why I’m guessing my stomach tolerates this tofu much more easily.

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I always cut one block into 8 slices.  I start with a cut in the center and then another cut in the center of those 2 halves, and then another cut in the center of those 4 halves.  This method makes slices fairly consistent in thickness.

For this meal, I sliced 2 large blocks, and placed them on a kitchen towel folded in half.

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I then covered the tofu with another folded in half kitchen towel and wrapped a third towel around the bottom and top.  Then I place cutting boards on top, so the liquid doesn’t seep into the books, which are what help to press the liquid out.

You want to press your tofu for a good 30min, or longer if you have the time.  This makes all the difference with the texture when cooking.

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Now back to Teri’s recipe. 

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I’m not sure you can go wrong with your beer selection.  It would be fun to try with a super thick + flavorful stout beer, but for this I chose New Belgium’s, Fat Tire.

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I also used this OrganicVille BBQ Sauce, which had a sweet, but smoky flavor.  Everyone loved it!

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Mixing all of the ingredients, takes only a few minutes.  Then you add the tofu to a large pan and start the marinating.  I didn’t change much from Teri’s recipe, but here were the measurements I used.

  • 1 bottle beer
  • 1t finely minced ginger
  • 2/3c BBQ sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 blocks, extra firm tofu

*I basically added more beer + garlic and omitted the Worcestershire sauce, because it’s not vegetarian.  I was going to add a few drops of liquid smoke, but this BBQ sauce was already pretty smoky.  If you have a sweeter sauce, Liquid Smoke is a great option, if you want a nice smoked flavor.

If you want to bake your tofu, definitely check out her fabulous blog for the instructions!!

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While the tofu marinated [for 1.5hrs], I worked on the salad. 

romaine + spinach + grated carrot + pepitas

simple.

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Then I created my best dressing to date, thanks to my new potted herbs!  The photo may not look pretty, but trust me on the taste! 

Honey Lemon Herb Dressing [serves ~6 side salads]

  • 1/4c fresh lemon juice [~1 lemon]
  • 2-3T apple cider vinegar [or another 1/2 lemon]
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely minced
  • 2t honey
  • 1-1 1/2t dijon mustard
  • 1/3c extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2T fresh thyme, coarsely chopped
  • 3T fresh basil, thinly sliced + chopped
  • 1/4-1/2t salt
  • black pepper
  1. Whisk together lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, honey, mustard, and olive oil until thoroughly combined.
  2. Whisk in garlic, salt + pepper.
  3. Whisk in fresh herbs, taste + add more salt/pepper to taste.

*Start with 1t mustard and 1/4t salt.  You can always add more after the initial taste.  If it seems to oily, add more apple cider vinegar.  If it doesn’t have a hint of sweetness, add another teaspoon of honey.  Just keep tasting along the way!  If you want a really accurate taste, dip a piece of lettuce in the dressing!

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Now, you have your beer fries + dressing, what about that grilled tofu?

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The trick is greasing the grates + making sure the heat is high enough!  I tried grilling tofu once before, with half success. 

As in, half stuck to the grates.

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This time I had no problems with sticking! Check it out!

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Grilling Tofu

  1. Make sure your tofu is thoroughly pressed.
  2. Heat your grill to med-high, ~400*.
  3. Grease your grill with oil, but be careful!  Do not use an aerosol grease can, as it will cause large flames.  I used my Misto can, filled with olive oil, and it worked perfectly.  You could also heavily brush the grates with oil.  Make sure the grates are well coated!
  4. Place your sliced tofu [~1/4-1/2” thick slices] on the grill and close the lid. 
  5. Now, try your best NOT to touch the tofu for 6-9min.  Knowing when to flip the tofu, really depends on your grill.  You can check on the tofu at 6min, with a large metal spatula.  If it seems like it’s easily lifting, and it’s nice and charred, you’re good to flip.  If it’s sticking, you either didn’t put enough oil on, or you need to let it cook longer.  You’re looking for grill marks, like in the photos.  When the pieces are nice + charred, they will be easier to flip.
  6. Carefully scrape under the tofu, and flip over to cook for another 6-9min.  Before closing the lid, pour/brush the leftover marinade onto each slice.  *If they seem to be sticking a bit, before you flip over onto the grate, spray or brush with more oil.
  7. The longer you cook, the less moisture it will have.  Everyone really liked the charred pieces!

It really was easy!  I just want to be thorough with the instructions. :)

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If your fries are done before the tofu, just turn the oven off and leave them inside.  If they’re already super crispy, crack the door open, to prevent further cooking.

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Summery, beer infused meal complete!

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And oh.that.tofu. 

Possibly the best I’ve ever made!!  Thanks to Teri, for the great recipe!

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Back to editing people photos…have a great rest of your day!

Ashley

Reader Comments (57)

It would have absolutely been impossible for me to have enjoyed this meal more -- it was PHENOMENAL!!!!!!!! Thanks for having us over!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterkL---CEE

That's the best looking grilled tofu I've seen! I am always so lazy to fully press tofu, because its such an annoying process, but I really need to get better at it since it really makes all the difference in the world.

I made almost that *exact* meal for my family this past weekend, sans beer. I love BBQ tofu and next time I'm going to try making my own. I love adding herbs to my salad dressings as well! I'll have to try your method of adding beer and bbq sauce as a tofu marinade- yum!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmilia

Your food is also, always phenomenal!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That is the PRETTIEST tofu I have EVER SEEN!!!!!!!!

WOW Ashley, amazing!!

I want to 1. grill tofu now and 2. make tons of things...with beer (and I dont even like beer!) but as a marinade, I bet it's amazing.

I mariante tofu with kombucha, green tea, pumpkin jelly, you name it, I've done it. Except for beer.

And I love your step by step of your slicing, pressing, and method. The size of pieces are KEY in getting good results w/ tofu I find. I love the details you shared.

And now i wish i could share that meal with you!

I have yet to really "master" the Tofu thing at home, and holy whoa does that meal look tasty!! It's hard to go wrong with New Belgium anything, right? ;) Love that local stuff.

Oh my! Oh my! .....Thanks for all the little tips that are worth knowing. Like how long to press the tofu...ect.

The orange color of that tofu looks delicious! I love the idea of the BBQ sauce + beer.

your like pretty much the best and most creative cook ever

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi(onefitfoodie)

I have to try this! I just had grilled tofu but not like this. Looks amazing!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I love these beer marinated meals! I have marinated tofu in many things, but I would have never thought of beer! Great idea!

I love tofu and have been a pansy about making it myself. Great tips & recipe... I will get to it!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbirdie to be

Hey Ashley, just wanted to say thanks. In one of your camping posts you mentioned that Great Harvest Bread Co. sometimes made gluten-free breads. I'd never even heard of it, but I googled it and turn out there's a location 20 mins. from me that makes all kinds of gluten-free goodies on Wednesday. I'm enjoying my first piece of Dakota right now :) So thanks! You rock!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDee @ GF Grad Nut

I'm picking about tofu, but this looks delicious! I think I might have to add this recipe to my meatless Monday repertoire. Thanks for sharing!

I tried cooking tofu once and it was absolutely disgusting. i didn't even put anything on it, just put it in a pan. I'm a rookie. Obviously I need to try this because it looks completely amazing.

I want to come to your house for supper! lol. This meal just looks incredible!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAbby @ Abz 'n' Oats

this looks fantastic! I have a whole bunch of fresh herbs now and need to use them up! the lemon dressing will SOO be made :)

BEER tofu?! This takes tofu to a whole new level of amazing. I need this in my life.

Sounds delicious. If you ever need someone to taste test your food before your guests arrive, I would gladly take the job. Wow, you outdid yourself!
That OrganicVille BBQ sauce is the best, isn't it? Have you tried their marinades + stir-fry sauces? Mmm

I made grilled tofu for the 4th of July (same brand actually) but yours looks way better! Mine stuck to the grill.

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLee

So good!!! I want to move in with you...like yesterday! ;)

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Oh that tofu is right! Goodness me that looks AMAZING! :)

Oh this makes me miss tofu so badly! Dinner looks delicious!

Hehehe ;)

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Do you think higher heat + better greasing will do the trick?

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Nope, I've never tried their products, but this was great! I generally don't use products with agave nectar, but this was on sale + sounded really good!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hahahaa :) Believe me, I've been there too!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Welcome!! Hope you like it, if you give it a go!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Ahhh, that is so amazing!!! Our locations make GF choco chip cookies that looked outstanding. I have yet to try them, but I'm so glad you found some great options!!! :)

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oh yah, total winner combo!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

You're so welcome!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Agreed about the beer!! Tofu takes awhile to get right...I've definitely had a few flops!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks for the amazing comment!!! [per usual ;)] Tofu + kombucha sounds like a winner!!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I grilled tofu for the first time last week without greasing the grates. Lesson learned.

Beer-ific! I wish I liked beer. I wonder how wine tofu would be ;)

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMama Pea

Good to see those Architecture books put to use. Mine are collecting dust!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanis

hahahaha ;)

July 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I think I just gagged ;)

July 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

hehe ;)

July 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

This marinade/sauce looks fantastic. I generally don't really like regular tofu just because it is so bland. But with beer? Sure! I usually just cheat and get smoked tofu because it is already pressed and has good flavour. I eat it like cheese :) Must make those fries too!

These look incredible! I never have enough patience during the pressing/marinading stage with my tofu.

LOVE Organicville BBQ sauce! It's the only store-bought sauce I use - chicken breasts + this sauce + slow-cooker = heaven!

July 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah-Mae

I'm looking forward to trying the tofu, it sounds very interesting, but may I recommend you have a look at investing in a tofu press?
http://www.tofuxpress.com/
This isn't an ad, and I'm in no way affiliated with the company or anything sneaky like that, I'm just a vegetarian of 22 years standing who was sick of pressing tofu and who basically has no kitchen bench space to speak of - it was all getting a bit ridiculous.
I've used the press for 3 weeks now and it works so incredibly well, is so easy and takes up only a little more space in the fridge than the block of tofu itself. The pressing container can also be used as the marinading container for the already-pressed tofu, but only for one block at a time.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoslyn

I would LOVE a tofu press, but am holding off on spending the money for one right now. One day I'll get it! :)

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hmmm...I'm thinking I could get my husband to try the tofu if he knows it's beer-marinated:-).

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I am making this tonight!! Thank you for sharing =] it is my first time bbqing tofu so i hope it turns out as yummy as yours ALSO my food store was out of extra firm tofu--think firm will suffice?

Have a great day!

July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarlyn

I'm sure firm will work. Hope it all turned out okay if you made it already!

July 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Aw, you are too sweet!! Sorry I'm just responding now..your messages were in spam!

July 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

[...] (almost reaching the ceiling), it went really well. The tofu had perfect grill marks and this beer bbq tofu recipe is amazing. I had vegan Worcestershire sauce, so I added that to the marinade. I dipped the [...]

This looks amazing! I am always on the lookout for new grilling ideas for my veggie husband. The only problem I might have is getting him to relinquish a beer for me to cook with!

July 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanieVR

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