I love tempeh. And I am sure you will too.
Tempeh is one the few protein-rich vegetarian foods. A staple food in Indonesia, this fermented soy food is becoming increasingly common in the states. It serves as a great replacement to meat, and unlike tofu, tempeh has a distinct nutty taste.
I've often thought the best place to eat tempeh in New York City is the Candle Cafe restaurant in the Upper East Side. So naturally, I thought to consult its cookbook to find a good tempeh recipe.
It takes an hour to bake, but is very easy to make. It is a great centerpiece to any vegetarian meal. I recommend serving it with sauteed greens, mashed potatoes and/or polenta. Enjoy!
2 8-ounce packages tempeh, each cut into four triangles
1/3 cup wheat-free tamari
3 tablespoons agave nectar
1 clove garlic, minced
3 slices of fresh ginger
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried cumin
pinch of sea salt
coconut oil (or olive oil)
Preheat oven to 350 F
Place tempeh triangles in baking dish. In small bowl, whisk together the tamari, 1/2 cup water, agave nectar, garlic, and ginger and pour over the tempeh. Cover and bake for 1 hour, turning tempeh halfway through. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
In a large shallow bowl, mix together the cornmeal, red pepper flakes, thyme, oregano, cumin, and sea salt. Dip the tempeh pieces into the cornmeal mixture to coat.
In large skillet, heat a couple tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat until hot. Cook the cooked tempeh until golden brown, about a minute on each side. Add additionally oil if necessary.
Remove from heat and serve at once. Enjoy!