Published On: Thu, Apr 4th, 2024

Bright, lemony piccata sauce offers a fresh take on tofu

Bright, lemony piccata sauce offers a fresh take on tofu
Bright, lemony piccata sauce offers a fresh take on tofu

A year and a half ago, I started cooking every Monday with my pal Emmet Moeller. We have a prepared-food service we call Full Fridge Club. (Emmet came up with the name, and I love it so much.) Each week, we make a completely new menu of several locally sourced, beautiful dishes that our clients take home and enjoy.

The part of our work that makes me most proud is that, for every customer we cook for, we put at least one meal into one of the Community Fridges in Kingston, N.Y. Since September 2022, we have contributed more than 1,300 meals to those fridges, where people who need it can pick up free food.

One way we describe Full Fridge Club is that it’s like having a more affordable private chef. Another is that we make all the decisions about menus and ingredients so you don’t have to. Working with Emmet and the rest of our crew (Stephen helps cook and package, and keeps everything running smoothly; Timmy works with clients, and also sometimes delivers meals and just brings so much joy into the space) is such a wonderful anchor in my weekly schedule. We have a lot of fun cooking so much food.

Get the recipe: Tofu Piccata

I could go on and on about Full Fridge Club (and probably will a bit over the next few months!), but today I wanted to share that cooking for our clients has taught me so many ways to make and enjoy tofu. This is because we keep everything on our menus vegetarian and gluten-free, so the dishes work for as many people as possible. (We also offer an additional meat option every week.) So, yeah: We cook a lot of tofu.

I’ve always liked tofu, but I’ve never craved it. Learning different ways to prepare it has opened my eyes to how unbelievably flexible and versatile it is.

Enter Tofu Piccata, a dish I made for our clients a few months ago that I now make at home regularly. To prepare it, you season flour with salt, pepper and garlic powder, and dredge planks of tofu in it. Then you pan-fry the tofu in olive oil and set it aside, and next, to the hot pan, add sliced lemon, lemon juice, capers, white wine and broth, letting that all boil and reduce a bit. Then, while stirring, you add butter, a little at a time, to make a pan sauce so delicious, it would make a cardboard box taste good. Pour the whole thing over the tofu, and call it a day.

You’ve probably had chicken piccata, but I’ve found tofu to also be an ideal vehicle for this sauce because, like chicken, it doesn’t compete with the punchy, lemony flavor, plus it holds its wonderful texture. It’s a quick, surprisingly easy dinner to make at home that feels a little fancy to eat. I like serving it with pasta or rice on the side, plus a Caesar salad and/or garlicky broccoli rabe. If you’re looking for a way to love tofu, give this piccata a try.

Get the recipe: Tofu Piccata

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