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'Wich of the Week: Tofu and Chinese Broccoli

'Wich of the Week: Tofu and Chinese Broccoli

With all this talk about Chinese barbecue and dim-sum Olympics parties, I've had Chinese food on the brain. So on my last trip to the farmers market, I picked up some Chinese broccoli, a yummy in-season green that tastes like a cross between asparagus, broccoli, and bok choy. After making a tofu stir-fry, I refocused the remaining ingredients into an elegant vegetarian sandwich. I used wheat bread, because that's what I had on hand, but any sliced bread will do. I also had some garlicky homemade almond butter leftover from another recipe, but if you don't want to make your own, I recommend mixing crushed garlic into regular peanut butter or almond butter for an Asian-inspired spread. To get both recipes and see how I made this tofu treat,

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Tofu and Chinese Broccoli Sandwich

Tofu and Chinese Broccoli Sandwich

Tofu and Chinese Broccoli Sandwich

Ingredients

4 stalks Chinese broccoli, washed and ends trimmed (if you can't find Chinese broccoli, asparagus or bok choy are good substitutes)
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/8 cup sake or rice-wine vinegar
2 slices wheat bread
1 tablespoon almond butter (or more to taste)
2 oz. baked tofu (such as Soy Deli Five Spice), cut into 1/4-inch slices

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. In a skillet over low heat, combine vegetable oil, soy sauce, and Chinese broccoli; toss to coat.
  3. Cook broccoli for about 5 minutes, turning frequently, until leaves start to wilt and stalks begin to brown.
  4. To the skillet, add sake or rice-wine vinegar and cook for an additional 5 minutes, using the liquid to deglaze the pan. When the broccoli is tender, remove from heat.
  5. Lay both slices of bread on an baking sheet or other oven safe platter. On one slice of bread, spread half the almond butter and top with the tofu slices. Using a spatula, lay the broccoli atop of the tofu, and drizzle any remaining liquid from the pan on top.
  6. Place both slices of bread and the toppings in the oven for about 5 minutes, until bread is toasted.
  7. Spread remaining almond butter on other slice of bread, and press it, spread-side down, onto the broccoli. Cut in half and serve.

Makes one sandwich.

Almond Butter

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Almond Butter

Almond Butter

Ingredients

1/2 cup toasted Marcona almonds
1/2 garlic clove, chopped
Pinch of cayenne
1/2 to 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

Grind almonds to a paste with garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and cayenne in a food processor. With motor running, add just enough oil to make a silky paste. Season with salt.

Makes about 1 cup.


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Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 7 years
This looks good. Now I'm thinking up some good tofu sandwiches.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 7 years
Haha, shoneyjoe! I believe you're right! *throws hands in air and curses*
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 7 years
bluebellknoll - Ancient Chinese Secret. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calgon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjNRXfRXnoc
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 7 years
I'm not so sure about this sammich. But why is it that when I have chinese broccoli at a restaurant it's always tender and delicious but when I try to make it at home it comes out tough and stringy??? I've made it like Yum does in the recipe above but it just doesn't come out like when I order it at dim sum. Does anyone have any cooking tips they'd like to share?
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 7 years
I'm not so sure about this sammich.But why is it that when I have chinese broccoli at a restaurant it's always tender and delicious but when I try to make it at home it comes out tough and stringy??? I've made it like Yum does in the recipe above but it just doesn't come out like when I order it at dim sum. Does anyone have any cooking tips they'd like to share?
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i'm always a fan of a new and delicious vegetarian option since i don't eat meat, or fish, and it's limiting to keep going back to the failsafe of a BLT w/o the B :)
HangryPants HangryPants 7 years
I think that looks good! I just made tofu at home for the first time, so I'm in a tofu phase right now! Thanks. www.hangrypants.com
HangryPants HangryPants 7 years
I think that looks good! I just made tofu at home for the first time, so I'm in a tofu phase right now! Thanks.www.hangrypants.com
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 7 years
I love Chinese broccoli and I love tofu. But I do not think - actually, I know - the combination of all of that with BREAD will not work. Not for me.
juicylove juicylove 7 years
that actually sounds so good
juicylove juicylove 7 years
that actually sounds so good
vintagesugar vintagesugar 7 years
Almost famous: go to your room.
vintagesugar vintagesugar 7 years
Almost famous: go to your room.
vintagesugar vintagesugar 7 years
This might be outside my previous experience with sandwiches, but it looks exotic, vegetarian, and delicious. You have not steered us wrong yet.
vintagesugar vintagesugar 7 years
This might be outside my previous experience with sandwiches, but it looks exotic, vegetarian, and delicious. You have not steered us wrong yet.
cvandoorn cvandoorn 7 years
Ew. This looks nasty. Garlicky almond butter? No thanks. Tofu on bread? No way!
pinkerbell03 pinkerbell03 7 years
Yum!! I love tofu sandwiches! Thanks for throwing in a veggie option, it always seems to be a meat-heavy sandwich, eww.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 7 years
Great to see Chinese broccoli getting some love, but it's always a little stringy and hard to bite through with the teeth. Thus, I think it might not be the right fit for a sandwich, since I'd end up dragging bits of filling with me after every bite.
itsme3683 itsme3683 7 years
Interesting! Not sure if I'll try it, but I like all of those things separately, I just don't know about how eating Chinese broccoli on a sandwich would be.
almost-famous almost-famous 7 years
Fuck no!
almost-famous almost-famous 7 years
Fuck no!
SillyGirl SillyGirl 7 years
I love tofu, I love broccoli, I love wheat bread, and I love love almond butter..... but something about this sandwich seems weird to me.
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