Sometimes it feels like tofu is woefully misunderstood. “Creative” recipes like the tofurkeys of the last decade likely did a great injustice to tofu, painting it as an odd substitute to much preferred meat. Yet tofu is incredibly versatile as an ingredient and incredibly nutritious as a staple in the diets of so many, and years of studies have shown that the soy has great health benefits when consumed in the right doses. It is incumbent of all great chefs to try (barring any soy allergies) to approach tofu with an open mind and a creative vision. Prepared correctly, tofu can amaze in the way it adopts so many distinct flavors and textures. Using the following techniques, anyone can wow their friends and family with tofu that puts run-of-the-mill, meat-based dishes to shame.
At this point, what you do with your tofu is really up to you. Tofu is highly versatile: it can work with any flavor profile you need, and so, as cheesy as it may sound, the limits are not with tofu but really with your own imagination. Some ideas to get you going include:
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