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Hearty Tofu Parmesan Subs

Hearty Tofu Parmesan Subs

Do you suffer from tofuphobia? Chef Lisa has a sure- fire cure in the form of these filling and fantastic Tofu Parmesan Subs. The vegetarian cousin of the Italian classic, this hearty and healthy sandwich has golden-baked, crusted strips of protein-packed tofu placed atop a simple, bursting-with-goodness tomato sauce and finished with gooey melted cheese. How’s that for a satisfying between-the- buns remedy?

Bite Me Bit

“The mind is like tofu. It tastes like whatever you marinate it in.”

-Sylvia Boorstein


Tomato Sauce

1 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 pinch red pepper flakes
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 (28oz) can whole tomatoes, crushed by hand with juice
2 fresh basil leaves
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Tofu Parmesan
2 packages (12oz/350g) extra firm tofu
1/4 cup flour
1/8 tsp kosher salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 eggs
1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp olive oil

6 ciabatta buns, sliced in half
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


1) For the tomato sauce, in a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-low heat. Add garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes, cooking for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add tomato paste and cook 1 minute more. Stir in tomatoes and basil leaves and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Discard basil leaves and season with salt and pepper.

2) While the tomato sauce cooks, prepare the tofu. Preheat oven to 375ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice tofu into 12 (1/2-inch thick) slices and press slices between paper towels to dry. In a small bowl, combine flour, salt and pepper. In a second bowl, lightly whisk eggs. In a third bowl, combine panko, Parmesan, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Dip each tofu slice in flour, shaking off excess. Dip in eggs and then in panko mixture, pressing well to adhere. Place on baking sheet and (continued)... drizzle tofu pieces with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Bake 14-15 minutes per side, until golden. Remove from oven and turn oven to broil.

3) To assemble sandwiches, place ciabatta buns
cut side up on a baking sheet. Brush buns with 2 tablespoons olive oil and place under broiler for 1-2 minutes to lightly toast buns, until golden. Remove from oven and transfer buns to work surface. Spread bottom buns with tomato sauce, top with 2 strips of breaded tofu, another spoon of tomato sauce and sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Return to broiler and cook until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and place top bun over sandwich. Serve immediately.

Makes 6 sandwiches

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