For your next meat free Monday, try whipping up this tasty Tofu Kiev recipe. The highly absorbent nature of this coagulated soy milk product means the creamy garlic butter melts all the way through. Here’s the recipe…
Preparation time is 20 minutes with 30 minutes baking time.
1 block tofu – well pressed
50g vegan butter – we used Pure
5 cloves garlic
1 tbsp (of 15g) nutritional yeast
1 tbsp fresh parsley, or 1/2 tsp dried parsley
2 slices wholemeal bread
1 tsp cornflower
1 cup or 240ml plant-based milk, unsweetened
2 tsp ground flaxseeds
Pinch of seasalt
Freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius.
If your bread is a few days old , whizz in the food processor until you have fine breadcrumbs. If not, lightly toast the slices before whizzing. Put the breadcrumbs in a flat-bottomed dish, add the cornflour, salt and pepper and mix together well.
Stir together the plant-based milk and the flaxseeds in a medium-sized bowl and leave to thicken. After a few minutes you’ll have an egg-like consistency which will make the breadcrumb mix stick to the tofu.
Make the garlic butter by finely chopping or mincing the garlic and add it to the butter. Finely chop the parsley if fresh and add to the butter along with the nutritional yeast. Season with salt and pepper and stir it all together so it’s well mixed. This is, incidentally, how we make garlic bread and the mixture also freezes well at this point so don’t worry too much if you ‘accidentally’ make a double portion.
Take your well pressed tofu and cut it into ten slices once lengthwise and then width-wise so you have 4 flat slabs of tofu. Score a cross hatch pattern into the top of each slab of tofu.
Divide the garlic butter equally into 4 and spread it thickly on top of each slab of tofu, smoothing it over evenly. Dip the first steak into the ‘egg’ mixture so it is well coated and then roll it carefully in the breadcrumbs. Ensure the tofu is covered evenly and repeat with the remaining 3 steaks. Place the Kiev’s on a greased baking tray bake in the pre-heated oven for 30 minutes at 220 degrees Celsius and cook until golden brown.
Squeeze lemon juice over each tofu fillet before serving or serve with a lemon wedge on the side.