Franco Italian Tempeh

Franco Italian Tempeh

While I was browsing through my notebook and photos for something kind of different to post (something besides seitan), I found this. The notes are interesting, to put it mildly. I made it the end of February and while I got all the ingredients down (and scratched out and drawn with arrows to different parts of the page), I apparently didn’t write down the directions. Does anyone else to do this?

But it’s ok. I can feel my way through it… it’s kind of like following a map. With a delicious dinner at the end.

Franco Italian Tempeh

8 oz tempeh, cut in cubes
2 Tbsp flour
salt and pepper to season the flour
1 – 2 Tbsp oil

1/2 an onion, sliced in 1/2 moons
1/2 stalk celery, chopped
1 carrot, diced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 1/2 cups shiitakes (about 6 oz), cut in strips
1/2 tsp thyme, dried
1/2 tsp rosemary, dried
3 Tbsp sherry
1 1/2 – 2 cups broth
1/8 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 to 2 Tbsp olives, quartered
1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, julienned
1 Tbsp tamari
pinch red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste

Toss the tempeh cubes with the seasoned flour and set aside. I always steam my tempeh first, but it’s up to you. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Brown the cubes, then remove from the frying pan and set aside. If you need the 2 Tbsp of oil, add it.

Saute the onion. When it starts to soften, add the garlic, celery and carrots. Stir for a few minutes, then add the mushrooms and dried herbs. Stir for a few more minutes, until you can smell the herbs, then turn the heat up and add the sherry to deglaze.

Turn the heat back down to medium and add the rest of the ingredients, including the tempeh cubes. Start with the lesser amount of broth and add to it if you’d like it saucier. Simmer for 10- 15 minutes or until desired consistency. Check seasonings and serve over pasta.

See, I really do cook other things besides seitan and cookies. Sometimes it’s hard to tell from my blog, I know.

Up next: Food Network Friday….with…..seitan!

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  1. Posted March 31, 2009 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    That’s it! I’m going out to buy some tempeh and giving it a second chance! Thanks, Tami!

  2. Posted March 31, 2009 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    Yum!! I love tempeh so much, this looks fabulous!

  3. Posted March 31, 2009 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    This sounds absolutely delicious.

  4. Posted April 1, 2009 at 2:34 am | Permalink

    That sounds awesome! I love anything with smoked paprika (and tempeh!)

  5. Posted April 1, 2009 at 3:36 am | Permalink

    mmm i love tempeh. this recipe looks awesome.

  6. Posted April 1, 2009 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    maps that have scrumptious dinner at the end of them are my favorite kind. it looks ace, Tami!

  7. Posted April 1, 2009 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    This looks really great! And somehow like goulash. Ha, by the way, I find such notes all the time.

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    Posted April 1, 2009 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Yum looks fabulous! I really can’t get enough tempeh…

  9. Posted April 1, 2009 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    I will give your tempeh suggestion a try… now, I must remember to pick up a package next time I go to the market! :)

  10. Posted April 1, 2009 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    Tempeh is my favorite non-meat. Nice asparagus on the side, too!

  11. Posted April 2, 2009 at 4:35 am | Permalink

    This looks completely amazing, as do those fruit tarts from your last post!

  12. Posted April 2, 2009 at 5:02 am | Permalink

    I find tempeh really difficult. I usually don’t like it, but this recipe seems enticing! Thanks!

  13. Posted April 2, 2009 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    I am the queen of cryptic, chicken-scratch notes. Yum, I love tempeh, this recipe looks amazing!

  14. Posted April 3, 2009 at 5:37 am | Permalink

    I have to try this, it looks fantastic!


  15. Posted April 4, 2009 at 4:39 am | Permalink

    I love tempeh! Your dish looks super tasty!

  16. Posted April 5, 2009 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    I definitely need to give tempeh a second chance, this looks so good!

  17. Posted April 6, 2009 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Karma, I hope you like it! Tempeh makes such great sandwiches, too.

    Carrie, me, too! I love tempeh!

    Thanks, Erin.

    Cyn, I love love love smoked paprika. If I didn’t think it would burn, I might even try snorting it.

    VV, thanks a lot! Let me know if you try it.

    Mihl, it is kind of like goulash! I just didn’t make that connection. Glad to know you ‘write’ recipes the same way I do!

    Thanks, Jodye…those tarts are so good!

    TLO, try it in the VwaV reuben. It’s awesome!

    Mary, roasted asparagus is one of my favorite sides.

    Mike, thanks.. hope you enjoy it.

    Nicole, I know I sound like a broken record, but I’m convinced the easiest way to like tempeh is that VwaV reuben.

    Thanks a lot, everyone!

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