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Seared Moroccan Tofu with Olives

Seared Moroccan Tofu with Olives

YIELD: 24 servings

1 qt. ripe olives, sliced
1 qt. Roma tomatoes, seeded, diced
1/4 cup jalapeño, minced
1 Tbsp. garlic, chopped
1/2 cup lime juice
1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
6 lbs. extra firm tofu (not silken)
2 cups soy sauce
3/4 cup lemon juice
3/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup sesame oil
1 1/2 Tbsps. seasoned salt
1 Tbsp. cumin
1 Tbsp. coriander, ground
1 Tbsp. black pepper
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
1 Tbsp. turmeric

  1. Combine first six ingredients (olives through cilantro) in a large bowl; mix well. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Cover and chill.
  2. Press tofu with heavy weight to remove excess moisture. Slice tofu into 2-in. x 2-in. x 1/2-in. squares. Place in shallow pans.
  3. Combine remaining ingredients in blender or food processor; blend until well-purèed. Pour mixture over tofu squares; cover and let marinate at least one hour.
  4. Heat skillet or flat-top to medium-high. Sear tofu on each side, brushing each side with marinade, until slightly blackened.
  5. Top each slice with 1/4 cup reserved olive mixture.

Recipe and photo from California Olive Industry.

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