Tempeh Part II


Now that you all have tempeh in your fridge and you are wondering what the heck to do with it, here is an easy, yet inspiring dish to start with: Tempeh a l’Orange adapted from The New Laurel’s Kitchen cookbook.

Tempeh a l’Orange
serves 2

8 oz. tempeh
3-4 Tbsp. olive or toasted sesame oil
1/2 onion, diced
2 stalks of celery or 2 medium carrots, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
2 Tbsp. whole wheat flour
1.5 cups boiling water
juice of 1 orange
1  tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. honey
zest of 1 orange
dash black pepper
2 Tbsp. fresh parsley (or Rosemary gives it an interesting twist instead)
1/4 cup white wine (optional)

Cut tempeh into 1/2 inch chunks, saute in 2 Tbsp. of oil until golden on all sides (about 5 minutes), remove to a paper towel to drain.

Then saute the onion and celery in the remaining oil until tender.  Sprinkle with flour and stir for a minute or so over medium heat.  Gradually add water, continuing to stir while mixture thickens.  Add the remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, then simmer for 4-5 minutes.  Add tempeh to the mix and simmer just a little longer for the flavors to be absorbed.

Serve over brown rice, quinoa, or bulgar wheat.

Check out some other tempting tempeh recipes  and let me know how you do!

Posted in Recipes by Liz on January 20, 2009 | Permalink | 2 Comments

2 thoughts on “Tempeh Part II

  1. chuck says:

    hmmm, see you can learn something new everyday. I have never heard of Tempeh. It sounds interesting and will have to look into more. Is it like tofu? Does it have any flavor?

  2. Liz says:

    Hi Chuck,

    Good questions. From what I can tell so far, tempeh has a much different texture than tofu (it is the whole soy bean rather than the processed form of it) as it comes in a cake-like brick and is much more firm. As for the flavor, it doesn’t have a ton of flavor and does not seem to “soak up” the flavor like tofu, which is why it is great to add it to soups, stews, stir-frys or enjoy it marinated. Try this recipe above or one of the suggestions listed in this post and I think you might like it!

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