After the McDonald's Open Door Tour (see previous post), we were given a parting gift of spices and a recipe to make a marinade similar to the one used in their new Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich. I wondered if I could try a vegetarian version, say using baked tofu. If you've never made this kind of tofu, you must try! It is pressed, which causes a chewier "meatier" texture than regular tofu. Supermarkets now sell flavored baked tofu, but they're often high in sodium. Here is my version with McDonald's marinade recipe (I omitted the suggested 1 1/2 tbsp salt because I thought the spices and honey added enough flavor).
Baked McDonald's-Flavored Tofu
- Place a block of firm tofu in a colander. Cover with a paper towel and place 1-2 soup or bean cans on top of tofu. Let sit for 15-20 minutes to allow water to drain out.
- Meanwhile prepare the marinade in a bowl: Add 2 tsp garlic powder, 2 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp dried thyme, 1 tsp sugar, 2 tbsp honey, 6 tbsp lemon juice and half cup water. Mix well until incorporated.
- Chop pressed tofu into cubes or larger blocks (as shown below) and place in a bowl covered with marinade. Refrigerate and let sit for at least 30 minutes.
- Place marinated tofu on a baking sheet covered with foil and bake at 350 F for 30 minutes. If you prefer a drier, chewier texture, bake longer for 45 minutes.
- Refrigerate leftovers for up to a week.
It was incredibly flavorful and delicious, and I enjoyed eating the tofu warm added to a rice dish or cold right out of the refrigerator as a snack. You can also eat it as a sandwich as pictured below—a vegetarian version of McDonald's Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich!