A healthy, vegetarian twist on the classic patty melt. Forget all the extra grease and belly aches, this Tofu Patty Melt comes with no regrets.
Tofu just doesn’t get enough love among meat-eaters. In talking with people, there are usually two reasons for the negative feelings about tofu.
1. They have no idea what to do with tofu
2. They are suffering from Tofu Trauma
Tofu trauma? Yes…it’s real and very sad, but there is a cure! Tofu trauma occurs when someone is served a big piece of poorly prepared, flavorless, jiggly tofu and once they take a bite it just squishes around in their mouth until they manage to swallow it or spit it out. I’ve been there. I have suffered tofu trauma but with the proper steps, I have recovered and now I want to help others who have had a negative experience overcome it. Do you have a traumatic tofu experience that you’d like to share? This is a safe place, so please feel free to share your story. I’m here for you!
First and most importantly, there are different types of tofu: silken (soft), medium firm, firm, and extra firm. It is essential to choose the appropriate type of tofu for the recipe you are preparing and it should be noted in the recipe. Second, tofu must be drained and pressed prior to use, with the exception of silken tofu. Finally, seasoning, as with any dish, is essential. Can you imagine ordering a steak in a restaurant and the chef not seasoning it? No way. Tofu is no different, so spice it up! This is the fun part because tofu is so versatile. You can really go in any direction with the spices and herbs you use. I kept it pretty simple in this recipe by just using garlic powder and smoked paprika.
Want to make this sandwich vegan? Simply trade out the cheese for soy cheese. I used my Cuisinart Griddler to make these toasty tofu sandwiches. It was a Christmas gift a few years ago and I love using it for pancakes, burgers, & paninis!
Oh and p.s. this sandwich is great for soup-dipping, too. If you’re into that kind of thing 🙂