Thursday, December 6, 2007

Tempeh Tuesday #4 - Vegetarian Tempeh Cups

It's now Thursday, but here's my delayed tempeh dish for the week! This is an omni recipe I modified in a pinch for Tempeh Tuesday. The original recipe called for ground sausage, cheese and ranch dressing. I used Isa's wonderful tempeh sausage crumbles, vegan cheese slices and Annie's Naturals Papaya Poppy Seed Dressing (cuz it's my all-time fav dressing!). Also added some chopped tomatoes... because I love tomatoes!

My biggest boo-boo is that I didn't read the ingredient label for the Nasoya won ton wrappers; they're not vegan since they contain eggs. I've been trying to eat more vegan lately, so I was disappointed that I didn't read the label closely in the store. Can won ton wrappers be vegan? Can anyone share a vegan brand or recipe for the wrappers?

Overall, I thought this was a neat idea for vegetarian finger food. Really, almost anything could be stuffed in the won ton wrappers... lots of possibilities for fillings! If I ever made these again, I'd skip the vegan cheese; it didn't melt and the whole recipe would've tasted more "fresh" without it.

Vegetarian Tempeh Cups - Makes 12 "cups"

Isa's Tempeh Sausage Crumbles
1 pkg. won ton wrappers
2 slices vegan cheese, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1/2 c. salad dressing (I used Annie's Naturals Papaya Poppy Seed)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare the tempeh recipe while oven is preheating. Insert the won ton wrappers into the individual cavities of a muffin tin. Bake the won ton wrappers in the preheated oven for 5 minutes. Allow wrappers to cool when done. In the meantime, continue cooking the tempeh crumbles. When the tempeh is done, combine tempeh, cheese, tomato and dressing. Spoon into cooled won ton wrappers and bake for 10-15 minutes.

I personally didn't use all of the tempeh crumbles for the dozen cups... but it would depend on how much you fill up the cups. I didn't want to overload them and have stuff falling out all over when I took a bite. ;)

10 comments:

Rural Vegan said...

Well they look cuter than heck! What a great idea for an appetizer. I've never played around with wonton wrappers before so I don't know if a vegan version exists?

Vegan_Noodle said...

I had the same thing happen to me... my mom and I were planning on making ravioli with wonton wrappers and when I was reading the label just out of curiosity, I saw eggs! I haven't looked for them since then, but I've heard a vegan version exists. Hopefully someone knows!!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Sorry about the won ton wrappers... but those tempeh cups look superb!

VeggieGirl said...

yum!! look at those tempeh cups!! spectacular. Maybe wonton wrappers will be vegan one day? that'd be nice...

Ashasarala said...

I'm not sure where you can buy them, but I know that different vegan restaurants serve wonton dishes, so there must be a place to purchase them. Keep searching- this dish sounds delicious!

Megan the Vegan said...

I don't remember names, but I do know that vegan wonton wrappers exist. I've found them in the past in the Chinese grocery stores that carry multiple brands.

herbivore said...

Those look amazing. It is so disappointing that wonton wrappers aren't often vegan.

Holler said...

Those won ton wrappers, look like a good idea for a starter! Do you treat them the same way as filo pastry?

Kumudha said...

I tried to cook with tempeh once, but the result was not so good...

I always prefer tofu!

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