One of my favorite blogs is Kath Eats Real Food. Kath is a 26-year-old studying to be a nutritionist, and her recipes focus on whole grains, vegetables, and lots (lots) of oatmeal. I admire her creativity and her seemingly boundless energy. She, like a lot of food bloggers, often gets free samples to review.
Occasionally, I leave a comment on her blog. A few days ago, I received an email from a representative of Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce company - Kath had recently reviewed a couple of their products. The rep offered to send me a free bottle of sauce if I'd review it on my own blog. Ponder, for a moment, the ironic beauty that is a recovering anorexic writing a food review. I wrote back saying sure, buddy, I write about eating disorder recovery, but if you want to send me some sauce I'm game.
**NOTE** Even though I'd read Kath's review and checked out the website ("Christ is our CEO"), Jim pointed out that this isn't the safest thing to do. I tend to have magical thinking that things like this won't end badly, but it's something I should keep in mind. And you should too. **END NOTE**
I didn't think anything would come of it, but lo and behold, Friday afternoon a box appeared on my doorstep. So then I had the dilemma of actually using the sauce in something. I don't eat a lot of meat, and I don't know if straight barbecue sauce on vegetables would be that tasty. So I decided to go back to Kath and try her baked tofu recipe. I was ambivalent about tofu, but that's because I only had it plain, mixed in with veggies or a salad.
Procedure: 1 Cut a block of extra-firm tofu into bite-size pieces. 2) Press between paper towels and plates for about 20 minutes. 3) Coat pieces in Country Bob's sauce. 4) Spread in an even layer in a baking dish well-coated with cooking spray. 5) Let the tofu soak up the sauce while the oven heats to 350. 6) Bake for 15-20 minutes until the outside of the tofu is chewy.
I mixed it in with some steamed green beans. The verdict? It wasn't bad at all. However, I'm not a sauce expert by any means, so I really can't say if it was Bob's sauce that made it tasty or just that I like baked tofu. I'll probably use the rest of the sauce, but I might try using something else with which to coat the tofu.
Anybody else have ideas for using up a bottle of barbecue sauce?