Chicago and Back


Whew! We’re back from our vacation in Chicago. We had a terrific time, met-up with a bunch of wonderful vegans at the Chicago Diner, and ate well. I’ll be doing a post on that soon, but in the meantime, here’s the first meal we had when we got home. We came home to an almost empty fridge that had a package of tofu that was due to expire the next day. My tendency is to use tempeh for the first T in a TLT, so this was a flavorful switch. Combine that with some frozen bread, lettuce from the garden, and a tomato we picked up on the way home, and we had a quick and easy sandwich. Leftover tofu is tasty enough for straight snacking, or use it top a salad. It’s delicious warm or cold.

Tofu for a TLT
Serves 3 to 4

16 ounces extra-firm tofu, drained, pressed, cut into 10 slices
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup dry red wine
1 cup vegetable broth
nonstick spray

Lightly spray a 9 X 13-inch roasting pan with nonstick spray. In the roasting pan, combine the tomato paste, maple syrup, liquid smoke, pepper, and red wine. Mix together, then add the tofu slices. Marinate for at least one hour, turning to coat both sides. When ready to bake, preheat over to 400 degrees F. Add the broth to the pan and bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until nicely browned. Turn once while baking. Make your TLT as usual: on toast, a smear of mayo, lots of lettuce and tomato slices.

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8 Comments

  1. Posted July 20, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    i have been wanting to make a tlt for like 2 years but i just never do it! looks so good!

  2. Posted July 20, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Nice to have you back!

  3. Posted July 20, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

    Oh, I love Chicago so much! I didn’t get to the diner last time I was there but plan to be back over labor day weekend!

  4. Posted July 21, 2010 at 4:53 am | Permalink

    What a treat to meet up with fellow vegans!
    That sandwich looks great. I love me some tlt, or tlat, the a is for avocado. lol!

  5. Posted July 21, 2010 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    Great recipe! Thanks for sharing it!

  6. Posted July 21, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    There’s always some tofu in my fridge. Especially for such a sandwisch. Awseome you had a wonderful vacation!

  7. Posted July 22, 2010 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    I tend to save TLT’s for summer when the tomatoes are really worth eating, so this came at the perfect time! Looks delicious, and a big step up from being lazy and just buying plain old baked tofu (like I might admit to doing sometimes.)

  8. Posted July 22, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    That’s a pretty amazing sammie considering you came home to an empty fridge!

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