Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Grilled Tofu Kabobs with Spicy Basil Pesto


 I'm not sure when it started, but I genuinely enjoy tofu. My husband and I were eating at a Thai restaurant this weekend and he ordered tofu (totally my influence I'm guessing)! If you get tofu that is a good, firm texture, then it's super simple to cook with. Normally my go-to place to look is our Asian market down the street. 

These kabobs are so incredibly flavorful. I love the smokiness the tofu gets on the grill and the spicy pesto takes it over the top. Serve this as an appetizer or for dinner with a side of crispy fries to soak up all that yummy sauce.




1. Soak the skewers in water for at least 30 minutes.

2. Cut the tofu into large chunks and place 4-5 pieces onto each skewer. 


3. Place the almonds, garlic, basil, parsley and lemon zest/juice in a food processor and pulse until finely ground. Transfer to a mixing bowl and stir in olive oil. Season with salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes.



4. Drizzle half of the pesto over the tofu skewers. Preheat grill to medium-high; grill the skewers for 3-4 minutes per side, or until grill marks form. 



5. Transfer the skewers to a serving platter and spoon the remaining pesto over.





Grilled Tofu Kabobs with Spicy Basil Pesto
Serves 4-6

All you need:
Wooden skewers
24 oz. super extra firm tofu, drained and pressed dry 

Pesto
1/4 cup whole almonds
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste 

All you do:
1. Soak the skewers in water for at least 30 minutes.
2. Cut the tofu into large chunks and place 4-5 pieces onto each skewer. 
3. Place the almonds, garlic, basil, parsley and lemon zest/juice in a food processor and pulse until finely ground. Transfer to a mixing bowl and stir in olive oil. Season with salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes.
4. Drizzle half of the pesto over the tofu skewers. Preheat grill to medium-high; grill the skewers for 3-4 minutes per side, or until grill marks form. 
5. Transfer the skewers to a serving platter and spoon the remaining pesto over. 
 

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