Chilebrown at home

Friday, April 11, 2008


The Tofu Challenge was an idea of Scott Pinkerton from ‘The Pragmatic Chef’. He claimed I was making fun of some Tofu dish he made. Here is my version of Cedar Plank Roasted Tofu. You may have gathered that I am not a big fan of Tofu. I racked my brain on how I could make it palatable. This dish is really simple to make and the ingredients were purchased at my local supermarket. The main ingredients Cedar Planks and Tofu were both easy to find and inexpensive. A quick marinade of the Tofu, plank it and pop it in the barbeque. I excused myself from tasting the final product. I was bound to be prejudice. I had to find a non biased taster. I search hi and low and came up with by Bro-In-Law John.

John is an Outdoorsman. He is an avid fisherman and a great cook. He once made us a Chili. He put so much effort, sweat and passion into this Chili that he passed out before it was done. John claims that he has never met a ‘Chicken Fried Steak’ that he does not like. I respect his opinion and judgment. I also hope he will let me ride his Harley. John was kind enough to be a judge. Let’s Get Cookin!

1. 1 package firm Tofu 14 ounces
2. 1 Cedar Plank
3. Barbeque Rub (Survival Spice)
4. Olive Oil (Tibvrtini Olio Extra Virgine di Oliva)
5. Salt & Pepper
6. 2 Nails & Hammer
7. 1 jigsaw
8. 1 pair of pliers Take the Tofu out of package and cut in half. Gently take a towel and squeeze as much liquid out as you can. When Tofu is fairly dry, rub it all over with Barbeque Rub. Refrigerate rubbed Tofu for a couple of hours. Soak your Cedar Plank while the Tofu is Marinating. After a couple of hours rub your Tofu slices with Olive Oil, season with salt and pepper and place on Cedar Plank. Take your hammer and nail the Tofu to the Plank. This will secure the Tofu to the Plank and heat will generate through the nail.
Build a medium fire in your barbeque. Today, I am using Mesquite Wood. When coals are ready, place the plank in center of grill. It is a good idea to keep the lid on so the Cedar Plank does not go up in flames. Cook for 15 minutes. Remove and let rest for 10 minutes.
This is a crucial step. You should pay close attention to the next couple of instructions. Take your pliers and remove nails. Find a Trash Container away from your house. (Far Away). With you Pliers push the Tofu off the plank into the trash barrel. Take your Jigsaw and slice Cedar Plank into desired serving proportions. How did it taste? Below is an interview with John about the finished product.
Chilebrown: Well John, How did you like the Cedar Plank Roasted Tofu?

John: Chile, it was nice for you to invite me over.

Chilebrown: How did you like it?

John: The beer was ice cold. It whetted my appetite. You want to
pass me that Jug of Kessler.

Chilebrown: The Audience would like to know how you liked the Dish.

John: Did I ever tell you about the Chili I almost made. I put a lot of

Chilebrown: John stop stalling. Tell us about the Dish.

John: All I can say is YUK! And You will never ride my Harley!!!!!

There you go Scott. Steak is good and Tofu is YUK!


Anonymous said...

Hey, at least you tried it! I like to let it marinate in soy sauce and whatever else I feel like throwing in there on a given day. It really does take a few days of flavoring before it tastes like anything.

meathenge said...

HHAHAHHAHAHAHAhahahhaha, yeah. Wouldn't it make more sense to start out with something worth eating?

xo, Biggles

Anonymous said...

Take the Tofu Challenge, Biggles. I'll bet you can make something of it!

meathenge said...

I dunno man, can I wrap it with bacon?

Anonymous said...

Sure! I'd like to try stuffing it with sausage.