Tofu Marsala

Friday, March 13, 2009

Chicken Marsala used to be a staple comfort food. And, although I've used Marsala in sauces, I haven't made the mushroom-laden Marsala sauce since I went veg. I'm not sure why, though, because Chicken Marsala has always been a lot more about the sauce than what you pour over it. Here's a recipe for a faintly lemony fried tofu and a sweet and tangy Marsala sauce. Once again, I am comforted.

Tofu Marsala

Tofu Marsala
1 lb tofu, drained
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup rice flour (or more flour)
1 small lemon, zested
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 cup parsley
oil for frying
2 tbs olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 lb button mushrooms, sliced
1 tbs tomato paste
1 1/2 cups Marsala wine (I use dry)
1/2 small lemon, juiced
1/4 cup parsley, minced
2 tbs Earth Balance

For the tofu: Pour enough oil in a large saute to coat the bottom. Heat to medium high. Cut the tofu into 1/2 inch thick slices, then cut each slice diagonally to form triangles. Mix the remaining tofu ingredients in a bowl. Working in batches, if necessary, coat each tofu slice in the seasoned flour then place into the hot saute pan. Turn each slice when it browns and begins to crisp. Remove and set on a plate. If working in batches, place cooked tofu in an oven preheated to 200 degrees.

For the Sauce: Saute the onions and sliced mushrooms in oil until the mushrooms have given up most of their moisture. Stir in garlic and tomato paste and cook until fragrant. Add the Marsala wine and cook until the sauce has thickened to a syrup consistency. You will be able to scrape the sauce pan with a wooden spoon and the sauce will ooze back to fill where you scraped. Remove from the heat and stir in the earth balance, then add the lemon juice and parsley and stir again.

Plate the tofu and pour the sauce over each slice.

Note: I started frying the first of two batches of tofu, then started the sauce and each finished at about the same time.

4 Servings: 271 cal (23g fat, 17g carbs, 10g protein)

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  1. Carrie Says:
  2. I've never had marsala sauce, but it looks like something I would enjoy. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Anonymous Says:
  4. That looks so good!

  5. Anonymous Says:
  6. That looks so yummy. Could you please clarify the amount of marsala wine? 1 1/2 bottles sounds good, right? ;)

  7. Matt Says:
  8. Oops, I fixed it. I must have polished off the bottle when I posted =)

    It's 1 1/2 cups

  9. JK Says:
  10. If kids are eating, can we substitute the wine with something else?

  11. Marsala is a flavor that cannot be duplicated. It is a sweetish fortified wine that doesn't taste similar to other wines. The alcohol does cook of, if that's your concern with your kids. The nearest replacement would probably be vegetable broth, but it would not be a similar flavor.

  12. Mel Says:
  13. Oh I used to enjoy chicken marsala but it is laden with cream and obviously has dead animal in it. Can’t wait to try this! JK, I think you should try it with the kids anyway, it doesn’t taste at all like wine, it’s just a sweet, yummy taste. I think the kids will like it, my mum used to make the chicken version for us when we were still kids.

    By the way, your site is fantastic! I was directed from Veggie Boards.

  14. Shannon Says:
  15. thanks for posting... i went veg about a month and half ago totally at once and i am trying to find subs for my favorite dishes...good suggestion for just making the sauce- i never thought about that and then you could just put it over rice or pasta!

  16. Running Mama Says:
  17. I am a new veggie, so I was looking for an alternative to the chicken marsala my husband loves. This was tasty! My 2 year old gobbled hers up as well. DH husband hasn't tried it yet...hopefully it's still tasty as a leftover dish. I am so happy I found your site. I'm looking forward to trying more of your recipes.


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