I was recently watching Jamie Oliver on TV with his Superfoods program when he did a Tofu burger recipe. I know Tofu isn’t to everyone's taste and you can eat cook it in so many ways, you can stir fry, scramble tofu, even use it in soups & stews. A very versatile ingredient in your vegetarian cooking.
Tofu, also known as bean curd, is a food made by coagulating soy milk and then pressing the resulting curds into soft white blocks. It is a component in East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisines. There are many different varieties of tofu, including fresh tofu and tofu that has been processed in some way. Tofu is bought or made to be soft, firm, or extra firm. Tofu has a subtle flavor and can be used in savory and sweet dishes. It is often seasoned or marinated to suit the dish.
Tofu has a low calorie count and relatively large amounts of protein. It is high in iron, and depending on the coagulants used in manufacturing (e.g. calcium chloride, calcium sulfate, magnesium sulfate), it can have higher calcium or magnesium content.
So after watching Jamie make Tofu burgers flavoured with Marmite I thought Wow! I just have to try them for myself, and I just had to say I was not disappointed.
Jamies Marmite Tofu Burgers
350 g firm silken tofu
1 large free-range egg
75 g wholemeal breadcrumbs
2 heaped teaspoons Marmite
50 g Cheddar cheese
2 Sprigs of Rosemary
Wrap the tofu in a clean tea towel, then squeeze and wring it out to remove the excess liquid (about 4 tablespoons should come out – it’s messy, but really important to do this for great burger texture later). Place the tofu in a bowl, scraping it off the tea towel. Crack in the egg, then add the breadcrumbs and Marmite. Mix and scrunch together really well with clean hands, then shape into 4 even-sized patties that’ll fit nicely in your buns once cooked. Pick the rosemary leaves and put into the hot pan in four piles, place the patties on top and cook for 3 minutes on each side, or until golden. Slice or grate some cheese, place on the patties, reduce the heat to low, then cover and leave to melt for 3 to 4 minutes.
Pop the burgers into a bun, dress with some salad. Absolutely delicious.