After years of buying into the fear-mongering around soy, I decided to experiment with tofu again because it’s such a convenient form of protein.
I love how it will happily sit in the fridge for months. I love how nutritionally it counts as both protein and vegetable.
And I LOVE how it’s blandness makes it the perfect accompaniment for strong flavours.
Which got me thinking about how a slice of tofu is quite similar to a slice of bread. Which of course lead me to grilled cheese on toast. One of my old go-to meals back in my batchelorette days.
My first attempts weren’t anything to write home about. Then I realized tofu doesn’t have any salt. OF COURSE, it’s incredibly bland.
So I added salt. Immediately things improved.
Then it was only a short step to miso paste or vegemite. Winner on both accounts!
This cheesy version is pretty hard to go past. But there are so many other possibilities for the old tofu-as-toast-switcheroo. Which is why I always have a packet of firm tofu in the fridge now.
Grilled Cheese Tofu
- 200 g firm tofu
- 50 g grated parmesan cheese 1/2 cup
- 1 egg
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon white miso paste or vegemite, optional
- 1/4 cup dill pickles or green salad
Turn your grill on high.
Line a tray with foil and rub with a little oil. Place your slice of tofu on the tray and grill for about 2 minutes or until starting to brown. Or if you have more patience, until it is golden brown.
Meanwhile combine egg and parmesan in a small bowl.
Flip the tofu so the brown side is on the bottom. Spread a thin layer of miso paste or vegemite (if using) onto the surface of the tofu or scatter generously with salt. Spoon the eggy parmesan mixture over the top to cover most of the surface of the tofu.
Return to the grill and cook for another 2 minutes or until the cheese mixture is puffed and deeply golden brown.
Serve hot with pickles or salad on the side.
NET CARBS 4g/100g
Variations & Substitutions for Grilled Cheese Tofu
pantry-friendly – use the pickles rather than the salad.
soy-free – you could always use regular toast or something like these little almond breads or this broccoli sandwich bread (or the same recipe made with cauliflower). And use salt or vegemite instead of the miso.
no miso paste / vegemite – fine salt will do the trick or if you have marmite or promite go for it!
egg-free – use a cheddar or other good melting cheese mixed with a tablespoon mayonnaise.
diary-free – smashed avocado on tofu with tabasco or another hot sauce has been at the back of my mind to try.
carb lovers – use regular bread.
more substantial (low carb) – serve with a fried egg on top or avocado on the side. Or place some bacon or ham under the cheese mixture.
Low FODMAP – just make sure your pickles don’t have onion.
different cheese – any finely grated cheese will be OK. It’s a good way to use up random scraps. I’ve been meaning to try a blue cheese version – now I have my lunch idea for tomorrow.
different vegetables – serve with any fresh or cooked veg. Sauerkraut is great instead of the pickles. Thinking a florentine idea of serving it on a bed of cooked spinach would be delish.
hot! serve with a liberal dousing of tabasco, sriracha or other hot sauce.
Waste Avoidance Strategy
tofu – will keep in an unopened packet for a few months (check use by date on packet). Opened packets can be frozen.
parmesan – wrap in baking paper and store in the fridge in a sealed paper bag or airtight container. Will keep for months. Can be frozen if you’re going away.
eggs – will keep in the fridge for weeks or use for another meal.
miso paste – unopened paste keeps in the pantry for months, once open needs to be refrigerated and will last for months.
vegemite – keep it in the pantry.
salad leaves – are highly perishable. My first path would be to use them for another meal (salad for breakfast!) but if that isn’t possible you can pop them in the freezer. They will wilt down but can then be used anywhere you’d use wilted greens.
dill pickles – keeps for months in an unopened jar. Opened jars or from the deli will keep in the fridge for a few weeks.
Problem Solving Guide
bland – more miso or vegemite or salt! Or add in a flavour bomb.
no grill – you can melt the cheese in a hot oven – it will just take longer.
sticking to the tray – it’s the worst when your cheesey mixture sticks to the tray. Next time make sure you oil the tray, for now just use your fingers to pick off as much of the goodness as you can.
You can but it’s best when hot from under the grill. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for 1-2 weeks or can be frozen. To serve, either allow to come to room temperature or warm again under the grill.
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