If you think tofu always lacks flavor, you have to give this sweet, savory, and herbaceous soy-based holiday entree a try. A simple blend of oil, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, and tamari or soy sauce combine to create a flavorful entree that’s wholly worthy of a coveted spot on your holiday table. The added aroma from fresh, wintry herbs like rosemary, thyme, and sage is just a bonus. Vegetarians and meat-eaters alike will love this comforting and festive main dish!
The tofu provides plant-based protein for strength while the vinegar and tamari promote gut health. Rosemary boosts brain power.
1 block drained and pressed extra firm tofu
1 Tbs. grapeseed oil
1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
1 Tbs. maple syrup
1 Tbs. tamari or soy sauce (use tamari for gluten-free)
12-16 sprigs fresh herbs (I used a blend of rosemary, thyme, and sage)
Extra virgin olive oil for serving (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Slice tofu into 3 squares by cutting block twice along thinnest edge. Spread tofu squares on baking sheet and set aside.
2. Whisk together grapeseed oil, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, and tamari/soy sauce in a small mixing bowl and then brush mixture generously onto each side of the tofu squares. Spread sprigs of fresh herbs on top of tofu squares and place baking sheet on center rack of oven and bake until golden brown and aromatic, about 30 minutes.
3. Remove tofu from oven and transfer to a serving dish. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil before serving if desired.