Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tofu en Achiote

Hello.. I was in the mood for some achiote smothered baked tofu.This is the first time in years that I eat something with this sauce. I used to eat fried tacos filled with chicken with achiote sauce (yeah, that sounds pretty unhealthy !) as a kid and really missed its tangy flavor.

1 block firm or extra firm tofu (frozen; then thawed)
1 Achiote (annatto) paste block [3.5 OZ.]
1/3 cup Orange juice (use fresh squeezed -bitter is better for this recipe-)
1/3 cup Water
Dash of salt

Preheat oven to 400°F
Blend all the ingredients until no lumps are visible.Cut the tofu in 8 slices (I cut the block widthwise half and then halved the two pieces lengthwise and repeated 'til i got the 8 slices).
Cover the tofu slices with the achiote sauce and let marinate for 20-30 minutes.
Put the slices in a baking sheet, put more sauce over them and bake for 15 minutes.
Turn over the slices, put more sauce if desired and bake for another 15 min.Let the pieces cool a bit and then, they'll be ready to eat ; )

You can slice them and use as taco filling, along with chopped lettuce, avocado and some hot sauce.

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