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Make a stunning Vegan Tofu Ham for the holidays with a savory dairy-free and gluten-free gravy that will wow your guests.
During the holidays, it can be especially hard to find vegan and gluten-free options, especially when it comes to entrees. While you may find dairy-free side dishes and the occasional gluten-free dessert (my favorites are Butternut Squash Snickerdoodle Cookies), most holiday entrees are meat-based.
That’s why I’m excited for you to try this beautifully glazed tofu ham this holiday season. It’s full of savory flavors from soy sauce and nutritional yeast and even has a smooth and delicious vegan gravy to spoon on top.
Ingredients for Tofu Holiday Ham
You don’t need anything special or hard to find to make this vegan holiday recipe. Here’s what you need:
Tofu. Make sure to use high=protein tofu, which has less water and a better texture for the ham.
Tamari. You can also use gluten-free soy sauce.
Garlic and onion powder for savoriness.
Liquid smoke. A little goes a long way here!
Nutritional yeast. My favorite dairy-free ingredient for umami.
Sugar. You can use organic cane sugar, coconut or brown sugar.
How to Make Tofu Ham
The first step in this recipe is to marinate the tofu. This way, the high-protein tofu will absorb the flavors from soy sauce, lime and your seasonings. Tofu is like a sponge, so every bite will be packed with flavor if you give it enough time to marinate.
Scoring the tofu also helps with this. Just make sure not to cut too deep, as want your ham to stay in one piece!
After marinating, reserve the extra marindde to glaze your tofu ham. While the ham bakes, you’ll simmer the marinade until it’s thick and shiny, then use this to paint your tofu for a nice caramelized flavor on the edges.
Don’t forget the savory gravy on this tofu ham. It’s so easy to make and will easily be the star of the show at your holiday table. You’ll need these ingredients:
Vegetable broth. Make your own or use low-sodium store-bought broth.
Garlic and onion powder
Tamari or gluten-free soy sauce
Fresh thyme. You can also use dried in a pinch.
Cornstarch. A great gluten-free thickener for gravy.
Start by preparing your tofu to marinate. Gently pat dry with a kitchen towel and make diagonal cuts across the top of the tofu block in both directions to form an x pattern throughout. Be sure not to cut too far into the tofu, it should just be a light score.
Whisk together tamari, lime juice, garlic and onion powder, liquid smoke, paprika, nutritional yeast and black pepper until smooth. Place your tofu blocks in an airtight container and pour marinade on top. Allow to marinate for about 1 hour, then flip the tofu to ensure all sides are exposed to the marinade.
Bake your tofu
Preheat your oven to 375F and line a baking tray with a nonstick baking mat or parchment paper. Add your remaining marinade to a small sauce pan and add sugar. Cook on low heat until sugar is dissolved, whisking constantly, then bring to a low simmer and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
Brush all sides of your tofu with your simmered marinade and pop into the oven to bake for about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, brush all sides again with marinade and bake again for 5 minutes. Repeat once more, brushing and baking for 5 minutes this time.
Remove your tofu from the oven and give it one more light brush of marinade and using a blowtorch, lightly torch to caramelize and char further.
Making simple vegan gravy
Add veggie broth to a small sauce pan and bring to a low simmer.
In a small ramekin or bowl, whisk a few tablespoons of your hot broth and cornstarch until dissolved to create a slurry. Add this mixture into the sauce pan and whisk.
Next add garlic powder, onion powder, tamari, nutritional yeast and fresh thyme. Whisk over medium heat until the mixture reduces and thickens and you end up with a gravy-like texture.
High protein tofu is extremely dense, firmer than extra firm tofu! Please use this variety of tofu–silken, soft or regular firm tofu will not work. Extra firm/super firm tofu might work, but high protein tofu is the easiest to work with.
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