There's no need to pull out the food processor to make the small amount of breadcrumbs for this recipe. Just tear bread by hand into very small pieces; the rustic texture is perfect.
4 ounces firm tofu, drained
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives, divided
1 1/2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 garlic clove
4 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
4 (4-ounce) beef tenderloin steaks
3 large heirloom tomatoes, cored and cut crosswise into 1-inch-thick slices
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar or white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon lower-sodium soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 medium shallot, thinly sliced
1/4 cup fresh whole-wheat breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon chile oil
How to Make It
Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
Combine tofu, 1 tablespoon chives, 1 1/2 tablespoons water, juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and garlic in a blender; blend until smooth. With blender running, drizzle in 1 1/2 tablespoons oil.
Sprinkle steaks with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place steaks on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Coat tomato slices with cooking spray. Place tomato slices on grill; grill 2 minutes on each side. Combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, remaining 3 tablespoons oil, vinegar, soy sauce, and sugar in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add tomato and shallot to bowl; toss gently to coat.
Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs to pan; cook 3 minutes or until golden and toasted, stirring occasionally. Drizzle chile oil over crumbs; toss to coat.
Spread 2 tablespoons tofu puree in a circle on each of 4 plates. Divide tomato slices among plates. Cut steaks across the grain into thin slices; arrange slices on top of tomatoes. Sprinkle each serving with 1 tablespoon toasted breadcrumb mixture and 3/4 teaspoon chives.
Based on others' reviews and my own ideas, I made a few changes...Marinated the shallots in the sauce for about 30 minutesMixed the chives into the tofu dressing after blending the other ingredients (just an aesthetic preference)Used panko instead of breadcrumbs (+ a sprinkle of salt)Subbed olive oil for the chile oilAnd... success!!!! My husband and I both loved this dish. We almost went for a cheaper cut of meat but I'm so glad we didn't because the tenderloin steaks were so so juicy, tender (duh!) and flavorful. I did still think the tofu taste was detectable but I happen to like tofu so I loved the sauce. The panko and crisp shallots are the perfect crunchy contrast to the creamy sauce and soft tomatoes. Such an impressive dish!
My husband and I both LOVED this recipe. I didn't tell my husband that the dressing was tofu, and he wasn't at all suspicious (he actually loved it). All of the flavors and textures worked so well together. I'll definitely make this again!
This dish was very tasty. Everyone agreed the tofu dressing was good, but would not describe it as tasting like ranch. Don't skip the tofu dip because it is good. We almost skipped making the breadcrumbs with chile oil. DON'T! It was delicious and added a perfect crunch/heat. It would also be good sprinkled on a salad instead of croutons. Who doesn't love a grilled tomato? This was a very good dish.
I made this dish for dinner tonight. What a treat! I followed the recipe exactly with the exception of the homemade breadcrumbs - I used panko flakes instead. I also looked at the previous reviewer's comments and added a small amount of spicy breadcrumbs at first. The breadcrumbs are definitely spicy and I can see how they could overpower the dish if used in large quantity. The tofu dressing made a creamy accompaniment to the grilled and marinated tomatoes. The dressing had a very mellow and subtle flavor, but it was perfect for the dish. So many delicious flavors - it was a party in my mouth :-)
My husband thought it was pretty good, but the chile bread crumbs were so spicy that you couldn't taste the rest of the meal. I liked the flavors of the tomatoes, but didn't care for the tofu ranch dressing, kinda ruined the whole thing for me.
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