Tempeh 1/4 Pounder (Faux Chicken Sandwich)

*tempeh 1:4 pounder

Tempeh ¼ Pounder

Does this satisfy a craving or what? It is absolutely one of the best vegan burgers I have ever had. Simmering the tempeh in broth prior to pan frying “opens up” the tempeh and also softens it, allowing for a ton of flavor to be added into the burger. I dredged mine in a cornmeal coating prior to pan frying giving it more texture and depth as a whole inside the sandwich. Absolutely delicious.

Wheat-free, can be made Gluten-free by using GF bread or rolls

Makes 2 sandwiches (½ the recipe for one serving)

          1 block of tempeh (4oz each portion)

1 vegetable “chicken” bouillon or 2c vegetable broth

1 tomato, sliced thin

¼ of a small red onion, sliced, thin

yellow mustard

 veganaise

vegan cheese *optional

4 leaves, green leaf lettuce

 prepared ketchup

2 rolls, buns, slices of bread of choice (wheat-free or gluten-free)

Prepare the tempeh:

Cut the tempeh in half. In about 2 cups of water or veggie broth, in a small pot, bring the tempeh and 1 veggie boullion (or broth) to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Let steep for another 10 minutes covered, allowing the tempeh to soak up the flavor of the broth.

*EXTRA STEP optional…Coating the tempeh

The coating makes for more of like a chicken sandwich style burger, like a breaded cutlet- SUPER YUM…..

2T cornmeal

1T nutritional yeast

1/4t salt

1/4t ground black pepper

Pinch ground cayenne pepper

1/4t chipotle powder

Olive or Grape seed oil for pan-frying

Salt and pepper to taste

In a toaster, place either the sliced bread or rolls in and toast.

Preheat a large sauté pan or skillet, over medium heat. Add the olive oil. Place the tempeh halves in and reduce the heat to low. (*if corn crusting, remove the from the broth and dredge them directly into the cornmeal coating then proceed to the next step.) Pan fry covered 2-3 minutes on each side. If using vegan cheese, after the tempeh has been flipped once, places the slices of vegan cheese on top, 1oz each return the top and continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes.

When the bread is toasted, spread veganaise, mustard, slices of tomato and red onion and top it with a couple of leaves of lettuce. On the other pieces of bread or roll (the other side of the sandwich), put the ketchup.

Place the cooked “patty” on top of the lettuce, sprinkle with salt and pepper and cover it with the twin bread or roll with ketchup. Serve with a fermented dill pickle and a side of booch.

*tempeh 1:4 pounder close up

Pan Fried Tempeh (made with Local Tempeh!)

*tempehdinnerI was in no mood to cook, I was relieved when I only needed to unscrew the cap off the bottle of wine….. However, I had left over quinoa in the fridge, a garden full of gorgeous kale and yesterday I bought a beautiful, unpasteurized, locally made, brick of tempeh, made by Hosta HIll at the Greenfield Farmer’s Market. Since finding out that Lightlife Foods, my favorite tempeh (and typically the only tempeh offered) has since been bought out by ConAgra (a GMO supported CORP), I haven’t been eating much tempeh- so when I saw it, I snapped it up. Cooked all in the same pan; first the tempeh, then the kale, then the quinoa- it made for a super simple and delicious Sunday night dinner. I ate it with some Sriracha sauce with a side of Buch and a glass of wine…..FRICKEN YUM.

Pan Fried Tempeh

1 package of tempeh, cut in half then sliced

1 clove garlic, smashed and minced

3T olive oil

1t fresh hot pepper *opt

Salt and pepper to taste

 In a hot sauté pan, add the oil and the garlic and sauté until just golden. Add the hot pepper and the tempeh and pan fry until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes. Flip to brown the other side.

You can vary the taste by pre-marinating the tempeh in flavors of your choosing.

 Serve as part of a simple meal with a grain (quinoa, rice) and green (kale, chard, cabbage) with a sauce of your choosing. I love Sriracha sauce or my homemade fermented Hot Sauce.