I got some absolutely terrible, no good, weird tasting croutons at the grocery last night – simply because we are trying to save money and they were $2. I knew there was no way we would use enough of the bag to even warrant the $2 by the time we moved, so I had to get a little creative. I had some free tofu hanging out in my fridge, and just bought some onion and spinach! This recipe should serve 4 people and is sure to impress!
Crouton Crusted Tofu Steaks with Balsamic Glazed Onions
For the Balsamic Glazed Onions:
- 1 medium-large yellow or white onion, thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp + 2 cups balsamic vinegar
- salt, to taste
- 2 tbsp water
- 3 tbsp brown sugar (like sucanat or turbinado)
For the Tofu Steaks:
- 1 package (around 14oz) Firm or Extra Firm Tofu
- 3 – 4 cups croutons, crushed (anything crunchy would work)
- 1 – 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp spicy mustard
- 2 tbsp agave nectar
- 1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp vegan mayonnaise (vegenaise!)
1. Heat olive oil in medium sized pan over medium heat. Add onions, 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, and salt & stir well. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Keep close eye on onions, if they start to color too much or stick to bottom of pan, turn heat down. Alternatively, if they do not seem to be doing anything, increase heat.
2. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
3. Cover pan, and allow onions to continue cooking for 30 to 45 minutes, stirring about every 5 minutes. Cook until the desired consistency is reached. Meanwhile, start tofu steaks.
4. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet by lightly oiling it.
5. Slice tofu in to about 8 “steaks” and pat dry with paper towel. Using the olive oil, brush on steaks lightly. You can sprinkle with a little pepper, if you wish.
6. In small, shallow bowl, mix mustard, agave, balsamic vinegar, and vegan mayo. Place crushed croutons in a pan for coating.
7. Dip each tofu steak in mustard mixture, then coat with croutons. Place steak in crouton pan, press in lightly, sprinkle croutons on top – just make sure that the steak is well coated.
8. Place tofu in oven and bake for about 20 minutes, or until crust is golden brown. Remove from oven, and keep warm. (By now, your onions should be done)
9. Remove onions from pan (leaving any remaining liquid). Add the 2 cups of balsamic vinegar, water, and sugar and turn heat up to high and allow to cook, stirring often, and allow to continue cooking until it’s bubbly.
10. Plate tofu steaks, top with onions, drizzle with sweet balsamic sauce!