Grilled Tofu with Chimichurri Sauce and Grilled Garlic Bread

This recipe is from Elizabeth Karmel, grillmaster, and author of "Taming the Flame: A Southern Girl's Sassy Guide to Grilling and BBQ". Chimichurri sauce is a zesty Latin American condiment similar to pesto. You can cook the tofu on an outdoor grill, but a grill pan or skillet works fine too.

Chimichurri Sauce:

  • 2 cups lightly packed chopped parsley
  • 4 garlic cloves, halved
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon chili pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons shallot or onion, minced
  • ¼ cup of vegetable or olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons sherry wine vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
Cumin Rub:
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika or Hungarian paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 pound water-packed extra-firm tofu, cut in half lengthwise
  • Olive oil
  1. To prepare the Chimichurri sauce, place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until well chopped, but not puréed. Set aside.
  2. To prepare the rub, combine the garlic, paprika and cumin; mix well. Set aside. Cut the tofu in half lengthwise to make two “steaks” abut ¾-inch thick. Brush lightly with olive oil. Press the rub into both sides of the tofu steaks. Place tofu in a grill pan coated with oil or directly on the cooking grate over direct heat. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Turn the tofu steak with a pair of tongs and a flat spatula if necessary. Sear the second side and continue grilling until done, about 3-5 minutes. Cut each tofu steak in half to form 2 triangles. Serve with Chimichurri Sauce and Grilled Garlic Bread.
  • Yields: 4 servings

Grilled Garlic Bread:

  • 8 pieces of crusty and dense Italian bread, cut ¾ to 1-inch thick
  • 4 large cloves garlic, peeled and cut in half
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  1. Place bread on grill rack or in grill pan. Cook, turning once, until golden on both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Rub one side of each piece of bread with a half clove of garlic; rub hard for good garlicky flavor. Place each piece of bread on a serving plate and brush with a thin coating of olive oil.

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