Mark Cooks: Tofu Loaf

This is an excellent, firm loaf to serve with mashed potatoes and gravy. The leftovers also make a great sandwich filling. Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 to 60 minutes
Servings: 6-8
30 ounces water-packed firm tofu
1 2/3 cups quick oats
¾ cup whole wheat bread crumbs
½ cup ketchup or barbecue sauce
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Drain the tofu well and mash finely, using a bean/potato masher and your fingers. Place in a large bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Mix well, again using your fingers. Turn the mixture into either a square baking pan or a loaf pan. (If you donât have a non-stick pan you will need to lightly oil the pan first.) Bake the square pan for 45 minutes or the loaf pan for 60 minutes, until the top and edges are golden brown. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Loosen sides and invert over a platter to remove from baking pan.
Hints: The quick cooking oats work best in this recipe. To make bread crumbs, process 1 slice of bread in a food processor. (Do this when you have extra older bread and store the crumbs in a sealed bag in the freezer.) Serve with a sauce or gravy to pour over the loaf-or serve plain with a barbecue sauce on the side. Vegetarian Worcestershire sauce is available in most natural food stores. Low sodium soy sauce is also available in most supermarkets for those of you who are trying to reduce your salt intake.

Peace and health,
Mark Masselli