Gumbo may be made with a number of main ingredients, so why not tofu? Marinated tofu is a modern addition to this old Cajun favorite—along with the distinctive texture of okra. It’s served over a White Corn Grits Soufflé, which is fluffed with eggs and served golden brown and piping hot right out of the oven. Leftover grits may be sliced and fried like polenta for breakfast the next morning or eaten as a snack later in the day.
- 1 Tbs. minced garlic
- ½ onion, diced
- ¼ cup Dijon mustard
- ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
- ¼ cup peanut oil
- ¼ cup cider vinegar
- 1 Tbs. brown sugar
- 1 lb. extra-firm tofu, cut in ½-inch cubes
- 3 Tbs. plus ¼ cup canola oil
- 2 ribs celery, diced
- 1 green pepper, diced
- ½ red pepper, diced
- 1 cup diced canned tomatoes
- 1 tsp. dried thyme leaves
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 tsp. dried basil
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- ¼ lb. okra, cut in ½-inch pieces
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- Combine garlic, onion, mustard, cayenne pepper, peanut oil, vinegar and brown sugar in large bowl. Place tofu cubes in mixture, and marinate 2 to 24 hours.
- Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in large pot over medium heat. Sauté onions, celery, peppers and garlic until onions are translucent and vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes. Add tomatoes, thyme, oregano, basil, bay leaves, stock, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 15 to 20 minutes.
- Heat 2 tablespoons oil in large skillet, and sauté okra until light brown. Remove from skillet, and add to tomato mixture.
- Drain tofu, keeping diced onion. Reheat skillet, and sauté tofu until lightly browned. Remove from skillet, and add to tomato mixture.
- Heat remaining 1/4 cup oil in skillet, and whisk in flour. Continue whisking mixture, or roux, until it is light brown and smells slightly nutty, for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Reheat tomato mixture over medium heat, and stir in roux 1 tablespoon at a time. Continue to stir until gumbo is consistency of gravy. Remove from heat, and serve over White Corn Grits Soufflé.
A Kendall Jackson or Sterling Chardonnay, both bold enough to stand up to the rich, nutty gumbo, is one way to go with the dish. And if you prefer Chardonnays on the lighter side, pair this dish with a Jacobs Creek South Eastern Australian.