Let's start with tempeh. Tempeh is fermented soybeans pressed together. Tempeh looks like little blobs of tan cottage cheese pressed together, like a pale veggie burger, and has a nutty, earthy flavor. It's a lot less processed than tofu, that's why I use it sometimes. Plus Trader Joe sells organic 3-grain tempeh and I've totally been brainwashed to think that pretty much anything Trader Joe's sells is amazing.
You can use this recipe to bread pretty much anything, I'm thinking I might use it on shrimp next.
InspirationTastebook buffalo tempeh "wings" (made without modifications!)
- 8 oz package of tempeh (the Trader Joe's tempeh is 8oz)
- 1/3 c milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
- 1/3 c flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
- 1 cup
Italian seasonedpanko crumbs (I used whole wheat unseasoned)
DirectionsI've heard steaming tempeh makes it less bitter, so at lunch time I sliced it into 12 pieces and steamed it for 20 minutes in the electric steamer. Then I sprinkled it with some Bragg's liquid aminos (tastes like soy sauce) and rice vinegar to sit in the fridge for the afternoon. Last time I thought it was my imagination, but now I'm quite sure tempeh plumps when you steam it.
When you're ready to cook, preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
This recipe follows the standard 3-bowl breading method -- the first bowl is flour, the second is either milk or egg, and the third is the breadcrumbs.
Sonny D dipped each piece of tempeh in the flour and knocked off any extra. He was seriously really good at it.
|Sonny D doing an awesome job of |
coating the tempeh slices with flour.
|Coated tempeh waiting to go in the oven.|
I sprayed the breaded tempeh with Trader Joe's olive oil spray to promote browning. Yep, more Trader Joe's products, I think I need to profile of my favorite TJ items. Love that place!
|Closeup of browned tempeh sticks. Look at the one in the back where the focus is.|
|Another shot of tempeh sticks.|
|Interior shot, looks like a fish stick.|
VerdictHusband Jeff and I liked them well enough, he actually commented that he liked them a lot, which is good since he didn't really care for tempeh the first couple of times. They were pretty good with buffalo wing sauce, but I liked them best with creamy Dijonnaise. Husband Jeff had his with Valentina hot sauce.
I was disappointed that Sonny D barely tried his. I was hoping I could send the leftovers to school with him for lunch. He ate one with ketchup, but not any others. I ended up heating up the leftovers at work in the microwave the next day, not too bad.
They were pretty plain and I wish I had seasoned the flour a bit more and the breadcrumbs as well. More marinade seasoning would have been good too. And I think I would have preferred cutting each slice in half the long way because tempeh is pretty dense. But I don't know if I'll be making this again, it's just not really my thing.