What a jerk

So I went to the library the other day to grab a cookbook a coworker said was amazing... the computer said the library had the book... but it was NOT where it was supposed to be on the shelf, and no where to be found (I even asked at the reference desk)! Totally frustrating. I mean what kind of miscreant moves cookbooks in the library... jerk... anyway I took a look at some other cookbooks by the same author and found one that looked good and somewhat familiar... I later realized I OWN the cookbook but haven't looked at it for years... whoops! Well now I'm super excited that I own it because there are a TON of recipes I want to make from it!

I guess I should be happy with the jerk though, since it made me rediscover Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites: Flavorful Recipes for Healthful Meals. The only thing I wished this book had was pictures... I mean it should really be a requirement for a cookbook! Don't you agree?? Maybe that's why I love food blogs so much, pretty much all of them come with pictures :) If you are even in the Ithaca NY area, totally stop in to this restaurant, it's amazing!! John and I had a mini vacation in Ithaca last summer and seriously enjoyed our trip to Moosewood.

So in honor of the jerk who made me find this cookbook... I made the Jerk Tofu recipe... except John didn't feel like tofu... so I used chicken instead.

Jerk chicken, with almost fat free cornbread, and garlicky collards (recipe to come tomorrow)

Jerk Tofu
recipe from Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites
Serves 8

Pressing tofu time: 30 minutes
Preparation time" 10 minutes
Baking time: 1 hour

Jerk Sauce
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped (about ½ cup)
3 fresh green chiles, seeds removed for a milder "hot"
2 tablespoon soy sauce
¼ cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger root
2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Place the cakes of tofu between tow flat plates or baking pans. weight the top with a heavy object, such as a book or a can, so that the sides of the tofu bulge slightly but don't split. Let stand for a least 30 minutes. While the tofu is pressing, combine the jerk sauce ingredients in a food processor or blender and purée until smooth. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 400º. Drain the pressed tofu. Cut each cake into three slices. Stack the slices and then cut through all three layers on the two diagonals, making an X. This will make 12 triangular pieces from each block of tofu. Gently toss the tofu triangles in the jerk marinade and place them in an unoiled 8 x 12-inch nonreactive baking dish. Bake for 1 hour, carefully turning the tofu about every 20 minutes.


The jerk sauce was wicked flavorful, although the clove is a bit overpowering so go easy on it if you aren't a fan of cloves. You can find more great Moosewood recipes here!

10 chews:

Pearl said...

omgosh you are SO adorable! "in honor of the jerk.."
haha well at least he inspired dinner! :) and the recipe looks delish!

Haha horray for the jerks of fate, steering you to cookbooks... you've inspired me to check my own library for "healthy" recipe books. My family focuses on a much more... eh... southern style of cookbook library (a.k.a. traditional and fattening) so maybe some Jerk will also steer me to something good :)

I agree that pictures should be included in all cookbooks! And food blogs! Your pictures are always great!!

Great post! I love the ingredients in the jerk sauce. It looks amazing. I've never made jerk anything ... will have to give it a shot!

It is mandatory that a cookbook have photos. Otherwise, we're not sold on deliciousness. Delicious recipe here though. Definitely want to see your collards!

Marta said...

Hahaha I love when you realize you own something! Especially a cookbook! I do agree, they should all come with photos, it's so muhc harder to feel motivated to make something if you don't know what it'll look like. Anyway, this looks like it turned out yummy, I'm sure it'd have been delicious with tofu as well!

Cucinista said...

Moosewood cookbooks are amazing. This recipe looks great too -- I'm always on the lookout for more tofu recipes, and a good sauce to spice it up. Yum yum!

Reeni♥ said...

I love jerk chicken!! I never made it before, this looks delicious, I can't wait to try it.

Marta said...

Hahaha I love when you realize you own something! Especially a cookbook! I do agree, they should all come with photos, it's so muhc harder to feel motivated to make something if you don't know what it'll look like. Anyway, this looks like it turned out yummy, I'm sure it'd have been delicious with tofu as well!

Reeni♥ said...

I love jerk chicken!! I never made it before, this looks delicious, I can't wait to try it.

It is mandatory that a cookbook have photos. Otherwise, we're not sold on deliciousness. Delicious recipe here though. Definitely want to see your collards!

Want more chow like what you just read? You can click to subscribe to the feed, follow me on twitter, or become a fan on facebook! Can't wait to see you there!
Copyright © 2012 :: steph chows ::.