Now I’m not going to pretend that tofu on its own makes a mouth-watering meal. However, these crispy tofu sticks have a good texture and are perfect for eating with sauces and dips.
A pack of tofu
½ cup of breadcrumbs
Olive oil spray
The first step is to press the tofu to firm it up.
- To press tofu you need to drain it and place onto a clean absorbent surface, such as a tea towel or a few sheets of paper towels. Cover with another tea towel or some more paper towels and then place something heavy and flat on top, such as a plate. This squeezes excess moisture from the tofu, you should leave it like this for around half an hour.
While the tofu is pressing, soak a handful of wooden skewers in water, this stops the skewers from burning on the BBQ.
Cut the tofu lengthways into 3 slices, cut these slices in half lengthways again to create 6 sticks of tofu. Push one skewer lengthways through the centre of each tofu stick.
Whisk the egg and brush it lightly over each tofu stick, covering every side. Dip each side of the tofu into a plate of breadcrumbs until completely covered.
-To make breadcrumbs you need to take your bread (semi stale bread is the easiest to work with) and use a coarse grater on it. Alternatively you can chop the bread into cubes and whisk in a food processor.
Lay the breadcrumbs onto a baking tray and place in an oven at around 150C/300F/gas 2. After 15 minutes, stir the crumbs to mix them up and then place back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes once golden brown and dry. If you have any excess crumbs, these store well in an airtight container for future use.
Now spray olive oil over the tofu sticks, make sure they’ve completely covered, as these tend to stick to BBQs. You will also need to give the barbecue grill a spray too before placing the tofu sticks onto it over a medium heat.
These don’t take too long to cook. Rotate regularly until each of the four sides have browned and serve with dips.