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#1 Old 10-07-2005, 05:13 PM
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I was browsing around my local Meijer store today. (For those of us not from the midwest Meijer is similar to a WalMart but with more food and less destroying of Mom and Pop stores.) Anywho, I was checking out the Tofu section when I saw a little package of Tempeh. The brand was LightLife. I thought "Wow, Meijer is becoming so progressive, first with Tofu and Soy Cheeses and now Tempeh!" So of course I picked myself up a package and went right home.



I sauteed some zucchini and summer squash, cooked some brown rice and proceeded to brown the Tempeh in oil with 2 tbs. Soy Sauce (as the package recommends. Long story short, it was disgusting!!!! The texture (all grainey, like little undercooked beans), the taste (like a smoked sausage but in a bad way). Just ew.



Does anyone have some spectacular recipe for tempeh. True, I could do a search of the recipes, but I want to know if anyone has actually had a successful experience with this stuff.
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I have had many successes with Tempeh. I fry it up like chicken wings, use it for Rueben's, faux chicken salad. Buffalo Style tempeh sandwich. It is actually one of my favorite things.
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in my experience, tempeh tastes better if marinated....
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I made that exact same mistake that you did, Frisky, except I found that it tasted like nasty fish. I'd recommend not using soy sauce, and having it with something with a stronger taste. It was better the next day on a sandwich with ketchup, for me.
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I use the LightLife Fakin' Bacon Tempeh, and you just cook it in a little oil. I can't imagine putting more soy on that stuff-- it's already pretty salty. I find it has a distinct sour taste when you eat it by itself, and it's a litle too strong on the smoke flavor, but I like it in a veggie sandwich. Like a BLT, but with more veggies.
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I crumble it into my chili. It's also good if you just use a spice rub or sprinklt spices on it and then fry in a little oil. I get 3-grain tempeh and I've never thought it tasted bad or fishy.
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Check out other tempeh links (they're already listed at the bottom of the page under "Similar Links" ) I think there's some prety good ideas in some of them.



Someone (I think Mollygoat) suggested simmering it in applejuice and then frying it 'till crispy... I like tempeh a lot already, but I found out this makes it even better!
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I like to cube it, then steam it in a pan for about 15 minutes. Then let it cool a little bit. While it's cooling, I slice up some celery and toast some slivered almonds in a pan on the stove. Then I mash up the tempeh so it's in small chunks and mix in the celery and almonds, and add mayo, a little mustard (stone ground is great), salt, pepper, and celery seed.



Voila! wonderful sandwich filling.
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I LOVE tempeh! Mmmm.
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I'm finding it hideous, but I used to also find tofu hideous and now I am warming up to it. So there is hope for you



Mollygoat is the self-proclaimed tempeh queen. Like Spout suggested, follow MG's tempeh lead.
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Sounds like my experience with Tofu. I purchased it for the first time about 6 months ago and marinated it. I sauteed it and BLECH! Maybe it's the texture but I couldnt eat the stuff. It's odd because I like it when they call it Bean Curd in chinese food.
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Does anyone have some spectacular recipe for tempeh. True, I could do a search of the recipes, but I want to know if anyone has actually had a successful experience with this stuff.



Crispy Coriander and Garlic Tempeh Sticks

http://www.newschannel5.com/tott/recipes/2679.htm



This recipe is a fair amount of work but got rave reviews when I made it for a potluck.



The squash soup recipe is great, too, and very easy.
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I'm finding it hideous, but I used to also find tofu hideous and now I am warming up to it. So there is hope for you





I already told you... the kind you tried is pukey.
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I already told you... the kind you tried is pukey.



It's the only kind I can buy
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I only had tempe once, cut in slices and marinated with some kind of soy sause, mixed with spices adn peppers... But, it took so long to prepare, I never did it again. It tastes nice, but I like tofu better, and much quicker to prepare...
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Doesn't take long for me...I nuke it in the microwave and eat it in strips w/ cayenne pepper.
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I use the LightLife Fakin' Bacon Tempeh, and you just cook it in a little oil. I can't imagine putting more soy on that stuff-- it's already pretty salty. I find it has a distinct sour taste when you eat it by itself, and it's a litle too strong on the smoke flavor, but I like it in a veggie sandwich. Like a BLT, but with more veggies.





Fakin' bacon tastes like a marriage of cheddar cheese and liver to me.
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Fakin' bacon tastes like a marriage of cheddar cheese and liver to me.



Ugh, don't say that! I have more to eat tonight! But it will be crumbled up in potato/tofu-scramble "breakfast" tacos.
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Ugh, don't say that! I have more to eat tonight! But it will be crumbled up in potato/tofu-scramble "breakfast" tacos.





It will be just as ummmm.... yummy as ever! I promise!
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It will be just as ummmm.... yummy as ever! I promise!



It turned out OK-- it was still pretty yummy, despite your attempt to RUIN it for me!
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Doesn't take long for me...I nuke it in the microwave and eat it in strips w/ cayenne pepper.



Don't have a microwave

But the kind of tempeh I had came in one large brick-shaped thing, so not easy to prepare...
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I think it's best to simmer tempeh in a strong-tasting marinade for 20-30 minutes and then fry it, or bread it and fry it. One of my favorite ways is to use red wine, garlic, and fresh herbs as the marinade, and then coat in seasoned bread crumbs, ground pine nuts, and fry in EVOO.



MMMMMMMMmmmm.
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Don't have a microwave

But the kind of tempeh I had came in one large brick-shaped thing, so not easy to prepare...



how is that not easy to prepare?



i love tempeh. love it. loved it since i first tried it.



with soy sauce would be a bit strong. sometimes i'll do about a teaspoon of braggs, but i can't take saltier than that.



to change the texture (so it isn't so "grainy") you could simmer it in enough water to about half way cover it (after cubing it). cook until the water is nearly evaporated and then stir fry it in whatever. or crumble it and use it in chili.



you could also add it to some salsa, peppers, carrots, corn and black beans. serve over quinoa.



or bbq it with some peppers and onions.
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