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Jerk Tofu

When I lived in California, I worked at a pub called The Longboard.  We had the most amazing jerk sauce that we put on pulled pork and chicken wings.  I was kind of craving that sauce, so I decided to incorporate some of the flavors into this dish.  Tofu is a perfect canvass for any other flavor profile.

Jerk Tofu

Ingredients:

- 1/5 of a package of extra firm tofu, cut into 1-in. wide strips
- 2 T. of jerk seasoning
- 1 thyme bundle, leaves picked
- 1 roma tomato, diced
- 1/8 onion, diced
- 1/2 lime, juiced
- salt
- pepper
- olive oil
- handful of micro greens or arugula

Lay the tofu on paper towels and cover with more paper towels.  Set a heavy object on top to help the tofu release its moisture.  Once it is fairly dry, pat it with a new paper towel.

Season the tofu with the jerk seasoning.  In a non-stick pan or griddle, cook the tofu for about 2 minutes per side; enough to develop a crust and heat the tofu all the way through.

Meanwhile, mix the tomato with the onion, thyme, lime juice and a drizzle of olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Plate the tomato salad and lay the tofu over the top.  Finish with the greens.