What is tempeh? Tempeh (pronounced “tem-pay”) is cultured soybeans, water, and brown rice. It is an ancient food from Indonesia that is “savory and versatile.” It is high in protein (22g in 4 ounces) and fiber (12 g in 4 ounces) and a good source of calcium and iron.
Where can I buy tempeh? If you live near a Whole Foods, that is a great place to buy tempeh. It is also starting to show up in grocery stores! I shop at Kroger, and I can get it there in the Nature’s Market section. You can also check your local health food store.
Tempeh Reuben Recipe
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 small onion, sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 bay leaf (or thyme)
- 8 oz tempeh, sliced
- 6 slices rye bread, toasted
- 3 slices vegan cheese (e.g., Teese or Daiya) optional
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups sauerkraut
Thousand Island Dressing:
- 1/4 cup Vegenaise (vegan mayonnaise)
- 2 Tbsp ketchup
- 3 Tbsp sweet relish
- Combine first 4 ingredients in frying pan over medium heat, then add tempeh and bring to a simmer.
- Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Toast bread.
- Remove from heat and drain tempeh.
- Put tempeh slices on 3 slices of bread. Top with cheese. Leave open-faced.
- Broil or toast 3-5 minutes.
- Top with 1/4-1/2 cup sauerkraut on each sandwich.
- Put dressing on top of sauerkraut and place other slice of rye bread on top.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Makes 3 sandwiches.
What great recipes have you tried with tempeh?