I really like Berley’s recipe for tofu baked in white wine, mustard, and dill. The recipe directly opposite that one in Berley’s cookbook is a similar recipe for tofu baked in a garlic, thyme vinaigrette. I vaguely remember trying it once before, and not finding it all that exciting, although Derek liked it quite a bit. Since I have no record on my blog or notes in my cookbooks, I decided to try it again.
The vinaigrette calls for olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, thyme, salt, red pepper flakes, and “2 bay leaves, crumbled”. I’m not sure exactly how you crumble bay leaves, but both times I tried this recipe I ended up with jagged pieces that were not pleasant to eat. I thought maybe I should have tried to remove the pieces of bay leaf, but there were enough pieces that it would have been a pain, plus the recipe doesn’t mention removing them.
Other than the prickly bay leaves, the recipe was fine. I wouldn’t make it again though. The tofu seemed a bit greasy to me, and it doesn’t end up very flavorful. Even after baking it for a long time, the center of each piece was still white and bland and kind of raw tasting. The marinade didn’t infuse the tofu with flavor like the Greek marinade does.
Derek liked this recipe more than me, both times I made it. He scarfed it down happily. I didn’t ask him for a rating, but he would have probably said B or B+.