The exclamation points are posted mostly because that is *not* how my family reacted when I told them what was for dinner. I have them pretty well trained (ha!) to not react negatively when I announce what is for dinner. So they just looked at me and blandly said “Ok.” Honestly, though, this turned out well!
I know there is a lot of controversy about how one should freeze tofu. Should it be done in the package and therefore in water? Should it be removed from the water and put in a ziploc bag? And then, how long should it sit in the freezer? To test this I really should try every method and write down the results, right? Not me!! Being the ever practical person I am, I just threw the whole package of extra firm in the freezer. A few days ago I took it out and put it in the fridge. Today I drained it and then stacked towels around it to get out a lot of the moisture.
It looked like a big white sponge. Mark even said that when he got home. Something along the lines of “What’s with the little squares of sponge?” since I had cut it into one inch cubes. Using a recipe I found online as a jumping off point I put the tofu in a quick dip of water (which made me wonder “And why did I have to go to all that trouble to remove the water??” But of course, a little water on the outside is different from all that water on the inside.) and then dredged the little squares in a mix of gluten-free bread crumbs, some garlic powder, and some salt. (It always takes me at least double and usually triple the amount of crumbs a recipe calls for when I am frying anything.) I put the squares on a sprayed cookie sheet. When they were all ready to go I sprayed the top with more spray and baked them at 350 for about 25 minutes.
While there wasn’t much taste, the texture was great. These really just became a vehicle for whatever sauce we chose to dip them in. As we sat eating our dinner we discussed how there were many possibilities with this. T would like them cut into strips. Mark talked about maybe marinating the tofu before breading them. So many options, so much tofu to purchase!