Tofu Casserole with Green Pepper Mushroom Garlic Gravy

Dec 03, 2020
All photographs by Lea Haas

A hearty, savory dish, perfect for winter and holidays




Serves 6-8

  • 1 - 12 oz. firm tofu
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup tamari
  • 1/4 hot sauce
  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 cup garlic chopped
  • 2 cups of stuffing
  • 1 package of “cheddar” cheese  (I use Daiya) 


  1. Cut tofu in 4
  2. Then cut each quarter into thin 3-4 slices 
  3. Add garlic and oil in pan medium flame for the whole process 
  4. Place tofu in pan then shake a bit of tamari, hot sauce on them, sprinkle a generous amount of nutritional yeast, and brown flip and brown other side (I like it to crisp on the edges) 
  5. Remove from pan and repeat till you brown all tofu 
  6. Add more garlic and oil after each batch of tofu is finished 
  7. Be generous with the nutritional yeast, this is what gives it a hardy flavor 
  8. The pan will start to look dark, and have burnt garlic in it, leave it, this makes for a delicious gravy 




To begin, the secret of the gravy is using the same pan you sautéed the tofu in.


  • 2 large green peppers
  • 1 cup of sliced button mushrooms
  • 3 TBS Tamari
  • 3 TBS  hot sauce
  • 1/4 mustard
  • 1/4 ketchup
  • Remaining garlic
  • Olive oil
  • 2 tsp of cornstarch, flour or arrowroot diluted with a cup of water to thicken


  1. Add oil, sauté peppers and garlic. As they start to soften add mushrooms
  2. Add tamari and hot sauce continue to sauté
  3. Then add ketchup and mustard
  4. It will seem very rich, and thick, but once you add the water it will dilute
  5. Once it is all tender, add water with your choice of thickener (I use arrowroot or flour)
  6. Make sure to stir and continue to stir so you do not get clumps
  7. Taste to ensure rich flavor, if too diluted add more mustard and tamari

In a baking pan, grease the bottom, lay first layer of tofu, add your favorite stuffing on each and sprinkle with cheese, cover with tofu, bake for15-20 minutes...and voilà!

— Lea Haas, Owner, The Garden Café Woodstock


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