Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Tempeh Tuesday #2 - Blackened Tempeh

I couldn't disappoint y'all by skipping Tempeh Tuesday for a second week in a row... so last night I made this blackened tempeh inspired by this post on Eat Air - A Vegan Food Log.

I began by simmering a package of tempeh--cut into six squares--in water on med-high heat, flipping the tempeh occasionally. While the tempeh was simmering, I mixed the marinade (minus the hijiki) mentioned in the Eat Air post. I was short on time, so once the water had almost disappeared from the pan, I added the soy sauce marinade, turned the heat to low and let it cook, again occasionally flipping the tempeh to make sure it was all coated and cooking well. While the tempeh was cooking in the marinade, I mixed together the spices (omitting the salt and cayenne). Once I felt the tempeh had cooked sufficiently, I moved the tempeh pieces onto a plate, where I sprinkled them with the spices and transfered them to a new pan of peanut oil (spice side down) to begin frying. In the other pan, which still had some soy sauce marinade left in it, I placed some frozen veggies and added a little bit of water to cook the veggies. Before flipping the tempeh, I sprinkled spice on the other side to coat. I continued to sprinkle the tempeh with the spices prior to flipping the tempeh each time. I added the remaining spice to the veggie pan. Voila! This was a very easy way to prepare tempeh. AND, very tasty too. I really enjoyed it. Will be cooking this again! Two thumbs up!

For dessert, I couldn't resist trying the Veganlicious Hot Chocolate of Doom! that I spied over at Vegan. Chicks. Rock. This hot chocolate recipe was awesome! :) Just a word of note: vanilla extract is flammable so use caution if pouring it into your pot while on an open flame. Ask me how I know!!! O_o

8 comments:

Lynn / vigilant20 said...

Thank you. I am now afraid of vanilla. :( (I'm a very timid cook!)

Interesting dish...I've never actually tried tempeh...I really need to.

VeggieGirl said...

blackened tempeh = delish!

VeggieGirl said...

p.s. I just read your reply-comment, on your previous post - I'd LOVE to have that risotto recipe, if you wouldn't mind sharing :0)

Holler said...

Hope you didn't burn yourself too badly!
I have never had tempeh before. What is the texture like?

Veggie Cookster said...

Lynn: I highly recommend the Tempeh Sausage Crumbles from "Vegan with a Vengeance." The recipe is on www.theppk.com/ I think it's an excellent introduction to tempeh and so versatile--you could add it to your favorite marinara sauce for an extra kick!

veggiegirl: Can you e-mail me at veggiecookster [at] gmail [dot] com and I'll send you a PDF of the recipe?

Holler: I'm not sure how to describe the texture... you'll have to let me think on that one.

Lynn / vigilant20 said...

Thank you :) I've put it on my to-make list.

And I love getting soap! My aunt does that and it's sooo nice. Last year some of my friends got crocheted hats and scarves too :)

SaraJane said...

oh no! You just made hot chocolate flambe! haha.

I love tempeh so much, I can't wait to try it this way.

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