Friday, July 6, 2012

Barbecue Tempeh Sandwich

Ever since visiting Strong Hearts Cafe in Syracuse, NY and devouring their yummy BBQ tempeh sandwich, I knew that we needed to recreate this recipe at home so we could enjoy it all the time! And here we have it, our version of the BBQ Tempeh Sandwich!

We took one block of smoked tempeh (or you could use regular tempeh if you can't find the smoky variety), and sliced it into quarters, and then each piece again to make it half as thick (ended up with 8 pieces of tempeh). Then, we took a store-bought Maple Chipotle BBQ Sauce and poured some into the bottom of a square glass baking dish, layered the tempeh on top, and then poured more BBQ sauce on top. Cover that tightly with foil and bake into the oven at 350 degrees for one hour, removing the foil for the last 10 minutes.

If you'd like to make your own BBQ sauce, here's a recipe! I'm going to try it the next time around.

1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsp + 2 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp ground chipotle
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp paprika

Mix all of the above ingredients together in a bowl. (Thank you to the lovelies over at the PPK forums for the recipe - I believe I got it from a random thread!)

Besides, the two slices BBQ tempeh in each sandwich, we used two slices of organic whole wheat bread, leafy greens, Vegenaise / Vegan garlic aioli, yellow bell pepper slices, and some sauteed onions with cayenne pepper. It made for a delicious, incredibly filling, nutritious meal!

We also cut up some fresh fruit for a wonderful dessert! Kiwi, raspberry, strawberry, and refreshing!

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