Ok so today was a double post kind of day. Dinner was pretty awesome. I cannot take all the credit though.
I’ve been meaning to try Ashley’s [err or should I say her husband Chris’] breaded tempeh ever since I saw it! ^^ Check out her recipe
Gosh I’m glad I did.
I started with Westsoy Five Grain Tempeh. I liked it a lot more than the TJ’s one I had a few weeks ago. Anyways, I sliced it up like so.
Made some herbed breadcrumbs.
** I just took some panko breadcrumbs and tossed with with some garlic gold, italian seasonings and salt. **
Made the standard breading procedure.
Flour, egg wash, herbed breadcrumbs.
I dredged the tempeh slices in flour, then egg wash, then the breadcrumbs.
I laid them out on a sheet tray until I was ready to fry them.
I wanted to make it like chicken parmesan, so I needed tomato sauce of course.
Every time I make sauce I start out with chopped garlic, onion, celery and carrot.
Popped open a can of San Marsano whole peeled tomatoes.
I start by sautéing the vegetables until soft and translucent.
Then I added oregano, basil and tomato paste and let that meld together for a few.
Then it was time to deglaze the pan.
I love to deglaze with red wine when I make sauce.
Just scraped the bits off the bottom and let the alcohol cook off a couple of minutes.
Then it was time to add the whole peeled tomatoes.
I stirred it all together and let it stew a bit with the lid on.
While that was stewing, I heated my oil in the pan for the tempeh. Once hot, I dropped all the pieces of tempeh in and let it get golden brown.
Brown on one side, then flip it and do the same. Once done, I transferred them back to the sheet try to drain.
Then I took the sauce that had been stewing and blended it just a bit with the immersion blender.
I like a slightly chunky tomato sauce, but you can blend it to whatever consistency you’d like.
Then I quality controlled of course.
I ended up adding some sugar and salt to it.
Ok now the assembly. I had a piece of rosemary bread from Great Harvest in the freezer. So I thawed that out and put the fried tempeh on top.
Then I topped it with the tomato sauce.
And then the cheese! Mmh.
Placed it in the oven on broil until golden. [Make sure you watch it closely!!!]
This was seriously awesome!!
I ended up putting a little bit more sauce over top of it.
I really don’t feel like doing the dishes.
I guess it can wait until after the Golden Globes!! I’m pulling for Natalie Portman!! Oh and I wish I was sitting at Johnny Depp’s table right about now.