Starters and hors d'oeuvres

MAPLE-CARAMELIZED TOFU TREATS


Ingredients

Marinade

  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) olive oil
  • 80 ml (1/3 cup) orange juice
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) maple syrup (preferably dark syrup for its robust flavour)
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) cider vinegar
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) fresh ginger, finely minced

Tofu

  • 1 block (350 g / 12 oz) firm tofu, cut into 2.5 cm (1 in) cubes
  • Chia seeds
  • Steak spices
  • A few leaves of kale, blanched for 3 minutes in boiling salted water
  • Vegetable oil
Preparation time
25 minutes
Cooking time
15 minutes
Servings
6 portions
Method

Marinade

  1. In an airtight container or resealable freezer bag, combine all marinade ingredients, add tofu cubes, and refrigerate for 1 to 12 hours.

Tofu

  1. Remove tofu from marinade and drain well on absorbent paper. Reserve the marinade.
  2. Roll one third of tofu cubes in chia seeds without coating all their sides, and set aside.
  3. Place another third of tofu cubes into the steak spices to coat one side of each, and set aside.
  4. Partially roll the rest of the cubes, individually, in the blanched kale leaves, and secure with toothpicks.
  5. In a large non-stick pan, over medium-high heat, brown the tofu cubes, a few at a time, in the oil for about 1 minute on each side. Repeat with all cubes, remove the toothpicks, and arrange nicely on a serving plate.
  6. Meanwhile, in a saucepan over medium heat, reduce the reserved marinade by half. Pour into a dip container and serve with the tofu treats.
Additional information

Refrigeration Time: 1 - 12 hours