Jerk Chicken Seasoned Tofu

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My hubby and I went to Jamaica in the winter time  (Honeymoon!) and experienced some SENSATIONAL jerk chicken. Jerk chicken on resort….meh. Jerk chicken from a street vendor (with possibly questionable food safety standards?)…outstanding.  We literally picked those bones clean.

Jerk seasoning is traditionally based on two main ingredients – Scotch Bonnet chili peppers (or habaneros) and allspice. Jerk is a common seasoning in the Caribbean and especially Jamaica. I was craving it the other day but I wanted to try and make a vegetarian version of it – so I decided to try tofu!  The result?  Deliciousness – my husband really enjoyed it actually. I served it over top of rice and peas.  This jerk seasoning recipe is based off of the website Simply Recipes.  I didn’t use the peppers but hot pepper sauce since I can’t handle the spice that well.

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon super duper hot pepper sauce (I used Swazi Fire, it’s insane.  Feel free to use what you have or blend up a hot pepper in the blend with these ingredients to make it more traditionally)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp dried thyme or  1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons molasses or honey
  • 1 block of extra firm tofu, sliced into 1 cm slices
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1. Put vinegar, hot peppers, onion, thyme, olive oil, salt, pepper, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and molasses into a blender.  Pulse until smooth.

2. Place tofu slices side by side in a large baking dish.  Pour jerk sauce over top of tofu, gently lift up each one so that the sauce totally coats the tofu.  Refrigerate for 4 hours to overnight.

3. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes or until the sauce at the edges start to brown.

Serve over top of rice and peas.  Enjoy!

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