This recipe is really tasty, and unlike any other tofu recipe I've tried. It packs a lot of flavor, and the crunch of the pine nuts adds a great contrast of textures.

Spice-Crusted Tofu
Eating Well Spring 2004

3 tablespoons pine nuts
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon coarse kosher salt, or to taste
Freshly ground pepper to taste
1 14-ounce package extra-firm tofu
3 tablespoons boiling water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
4 teaspoons honey
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1. Toast pine nuts in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until golden and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool.
2. Mix paprika, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Drain tofu and pat dry with paper towels. Cut crosswise into 8 1/2-inch-thick slices. Dredge the tofu liberally with the spice mixture, coating all sides. Mix boiling water, lemon juice and honey in a small bowl.
3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; swirl to coat the bottom. Add tofu and cook on one side until brown and crusty, 4 to 5 minutes; flip and cook for another 3 minutes. Add the honey mixture to the pan (it will bubble up and evaporate very quickly) and shake to coat the tofu. Serve immediately, sprinkled with the toasted pine nuts.

Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional notes:
Per serving: 206 calories; 15 g fat (2 g sat, 4 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 10 g carbohydrate; 12 g protein; 2 g fiber; 248 mg sodium.

MacGourmet Rating: 5 Stars

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