Tofu with Cilantro Pesto
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season: spring, summer
Garnish: pine nuts; fresh cilantro leaves; lime wedges
Preheat broiler and lightly oil a shallow flameproof baking pan with olive oil.
Cut block of tofu crosswise into thin slices and pat dry. Dip briefly in soy sauce, then arrange in 1 layer in baking pan and brush tops of slices with more olive oil. Broil 4 to 6 inches from heat, turning after 10 minutes, until golden brown (about 15 minutes total).
While tofu is broiling, purée cilantro, pine nuts, lime juice, sesame oil, sugar, remaining 1/4 cup olive oil, salt, and pepper in a food processor until bright green and smooth, about 1 minute.
Transfer tofu to a platter and serve with cilantro pesto.
Adapted from Gourmet, November 2004