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Baked Tofu, Beef and Cheese

   

Baked Tofu, Beef and Cheese
Baked Tofu, Beef and Cheese

I love baked cheese dishes and this is something different from the usual baked rice with cheese one-dish meals I’ve made. The tofu makes this dish extra healthy. I first ate this dish at a local cafe with my buddy Anemone and we really love it. But the dish cost more than S$10 before taxes and the portion (appetizer size) is very small. So we thought, why don’t we try to recreate this at home? We can make more for less. My buddy figured out 99% of the recipe, while I leeched on her expertise and just added some curry powder as a final touch. After all our hard work at recreating the dish, the end result tastes nothing like the cafe version though hehe, but I thought ours is better ;)

Ingredients
(makes 3 appetizer sized servings)

- 250g minced beef
- 1/3 beef seasoning cube
- half large yellow/white onion, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- shredded mozzarella cheese
- 150g firm white tofu (water drained), cut to smaller and flat pieces

Seasonings
- 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
- freshly cracked black pepper
- 1 tbsp curry powder (I use leftover powder from making curry vegetables)

Tools needed
- oven-safe baking dishes (shallow type, for one person size)

Note: I used 3 personal size baking dishes (one per person) and divided the ingredients into 3 portions

Directions (Step by Step Photos)
Baked Tofu, Beef and Cheese (Making Process)
1. In a bowl, add minced beef and seasonings. Mix well and let it marinade for about 10 minutes.

Baked Tofu, Beef and Cheese (Making Process)
2. Heat up a pan with some olive oil and add the onions and beef cube. Saute or fry on gentle heat till the onions look translucent.

Baked Tofu, Beef and Cheese (Making Process)
3. Add the minced beef. Stir fry for a very short while (around 30 seconds) and turn off the flame. Continue to fry the beef (breaking them to small bits with your spatula) with the flame off to prevent overcooking. It is all right if the beef is not totally cooked at this point (and it shouldn’t be) as you are going to bake it further. If you overcook the beef, it will taste chewy and tough.

Baked Tofu, Beef and Cheese (Making Process)
4. In the baking dish, add tofu slices (notice that they are quite thinly sliced) to line the bottom of the dish.

Baked Tofu, Beef and Cheese (Making Process)
5. Spoon the beef and onions mixture you prepared earlier in step 2 over the tofu.

Baked Tofu, Beef and Cheese (Making Process)
6. Top it up with a generous layer of shredded cheese.

Baked Tofu, Beef and Cheese (Making Process)
7. Bake in preheated oven 200c (400F) for about 15-20 minutes.

Baked Tofu, Beef and Cheese (Making Process)
8. Your baked tofu and beef is ready when the cheese is fully melted and slightly browned.

                                           

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43 Responses to “Baked Tofu, Beef and Cheese”

  1. Magic of Spice — July 11, 2010 @ 2:50 am

    What a great dish:)

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  2. Xiaolu — July 11, 2010 @ 1:16 pm

    Mmm I love casseroles! I don’t eat beef, but I bet this would be tasty with vegetarian mince too.

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  3. Faith — July 12, 2010 @ 6:57 am

    This looks like the best of comfort food! Delicious!

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  4. Joy — July 13, 2010 @ 9:49 am

    Hi, this looks great and delicious. I would like to try it. May I know where you buy your casseroles or baking dish?
    Thanks

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    • wiffy replied: — July 13th, 2010 @ 10:33 am

      Hi Joy, I bought them at Daiso Singapore. Make sure they are oven safe by checking the sticker at the bottom :)

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  5. Trissa — July 13, 2010 @ 11:35 am

    Hi Wiffy – I’ve got a similar recipe but I use potatoes on the bottom of the baking dish. – This would be tastier and much healthier!

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    • wiffy replied: — July 24th, 2010 @ 1:09 am

      your potatoes version sounds yummy too and more filling :)

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  6. Meg — July 30, 2010 @ 3:25 pm

    Hi wiffy,
    I tried it! It was GOOD!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe =D http://dreamersloft.blogspot.com/2010/07/baked-tofu-beef-cheese.html

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    • wiffy replied: — August 3rd, 2010 @ 11:26 pm

      Hi Meg, glad to hear that :D From your photos they look delicious! :)

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  7. Ippo456 — August 3, 2010 @ 9:57 am

    Oooo since I like your cheesy baked rice so much, I think I’m going to give this a try!
    After you bake it, does the filling become soupy (from the tofu & any liquids from the beef)?

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    • wiffy replied: — August 3rd, 2010 @ 11:24 pm

      Hi Ippo! yes, a bit of “soup” as you can tell from the photo. I’m not sure how to prevent that, the cafe version is soupy too, so I guess that the tofu will secrete some water? Hope you like it, happy cooking :)

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  8. Alisa — August 3, 2010 @ 5:24 pm

    is there another alternative for beef? because i was hoping to do it for a friend, but he doesnt eat beef:(

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    • wiffy replied: — August 3rd, 2010 @ 11:25 pm

      Hi Alisa, maybe you can substitute with pork, or chicken :)

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  9. Joshi — September 8, 2011 @ 11:42 pm

    wow, nice .. I wonder how you finish all the portions..

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  10. Always — November 7, 2012 @ 10:23 am

    I love this. But it is no longer served outside.
    May I use borvil to replace the beef cude seasoning?

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    • wiffy replied: — November 7th, 2012 @ 11:07 am

      Hi, yup sure, you can season to taste with Borvil instead.

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