Making Tofu Sexy
With summer now upon us, many of us are looking for healthier protein options to stay lean and keep in shape. Consider tofu as an alternative. According to Dr. David L. Katz, tofu is a complete protein, meaning it has the nine essential amino acids needed for the body to maintain muscle, bone and organs.
While a slab of tofu might not have the appeal of a beautifully grilled T-bone steak, your cholesterol level will appreciate the break -- and who says tofu can't be sexy? EDGE recently chatted with Gabriele Corcos, who co-stars with his sultry wife Debi Mazar on Cooking Channel's "Extra Virgin." Corcos offers his take on tofu:
EDGE: Tofu: sexy? Is it possible?
Corcos: Tofu...Sexy?!? Just kidding. Anything Debi and I cook together in the kitchen is sexy. For us it is about spending time together at the counter and at the stove, while we help the kids with their homework. Any ingredient can be sexy!
EDGE: We noticed the recipe includes raw garlic. How long do you have to know someone until you can kiss him/her after eating garlic?
Corcos: Raw garlic is meant to be shared. Debi and I always cook together and for the most part we eat the same things. We kissed on our second date, but if I remember correctly it was after breakfast while strolling the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. After that we started sharing raw garlic as well!
EDGE: Are there any classic Italian dishes that you could recommend tofu as a substitution to meat?
Corcos: I never cook tofu with the idea of substituting meat. My approach is more about how to incorporate tofu on a Tuscan plate. It is much less challenging than trying to rework a meat recipe and it truly helps open your mind about developing recipes (or just trying recipes) that are not completely in your comfort zone.
EDGE: What other summer dishes are you looking forward to preparing?
Corcos: I am looking forward to incorporate tofu into a variety of summer recipes: summer salads, desserts, etc. I just created a great recipe -- tofu popsicles. Maybe next can be a tofu/olive oil ice cream? It's such a versatile product!
EDGE: Well, we always appreciate versatility -- both in and out of the kitchen!
Tofu Salsa Verde with Hearts of Romaine
Created by Debi Mazar & Gabriele Corcos, stars of Cooking Channel’s show "Extra Virgin."
1/2 (14 ounce) package House Foods Organic or Premium Soft (silken) Tofu
1/3 cup parsley leaves, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons capers (packed in vinegar)
2 oil packed anchovies
1 clove garlic, peeled
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 hearts of romaine, chopped
Add tofu, parsley, capers, anchovies, garlic, and lemon juice to a food processor and blend until smooth. Add romaine to a large bowl and toss with salsa verde. Leftover dressing can be kept refrigerated in a covered container for 2 days.
Note: To make this vegetarian, leave out the anchovy and replace with another 2 teaspoons of capers.