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Tempeh Double-Decker Sandwich

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Toni uses Tempeh to put a deliciously healthy spin on a Classic American Sandwich
  Tempeh 2 Cup (32 tbs) (Any Style)
  Tamari soy sauce 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Vegetable oil 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Ripe tomato 1 Large, sliced
  Lettuce leaves 8
  Red onion 1 Small
  Roasted red pepper strips 3 , sliced
  Swiss cheese slices 4
  Russian dressing 5 Tablespoon (Alternatively Mix Vegan Mayo With Ketchup)
  Sandwich bread slices 8
  Butter/Vegan margarine or vegetable oil - for brushing 2 Tablespoon (For Brushing)

1 Cut a package of tempeh, any style, into quarters.
2 Slice each quarter in half, so you have eight thinner slices.

3 In a nonstick skillet, heat 3-4 tbsp of oil.
4 Fry each slice until golden brown and turn to cook on the other side.
5 When the tempeh is done, remove and set onto a paper towel for a minute or so.
6 Brush each side with tamari soy sauce while the tempeh is still hot.
7 Heat a heavy skillet on medium for grilling the sandwiches.
8 Prepare each slice of bread with lettuce, tomato, red onion, peppers if using, tempeh and cheese (optional).
9 Top the cover slice with dressing.
10 Brush the top of the sandwich with butter, margarine or a little vegetable oil.
11 Grill brushed side down in the skillet.
12 Now brush the remaining top.
13 Grill until nice and toasty.

14 Serve at once.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Pan Grilling
Vegan, Vegetarian
Everyday, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
25 Minutes
My daughter was a little skeptical about this sandwich when I first mentioned making it for our sandwich episode. However after one bite, it quickly became one of her favorites. This sandwhich is so easy, delicious and best of all healthy. It’s a wonderful way to familiarize yourself with the nutty taste and texture of tempeh. Tempeh comes in a variety of flavors. If you are using it for the first time I recommend either the soy or three grain style.
Tempeh's is an Asian high protein food, its nutty flavor is something to die for and the reason for its popularity around the world. It is very intelligent of the Chef to try something like this with tempeh and come up with a healthy sandwich that is not restricted to Asians or rest of the world. Anyone who eats sandwich can try this. Even vegans can enjoy it as there is no animal product in the dish.

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Ganesh.Dutta's picture
delicious sandwich with delicious picture!
Petal's picture
Iv never heard of Tempeh before. Can I get it at a regular grocery store?I am always on the hunt for healthy food ..your video and sandwich look delicious btw :-)   
khau.khan's picture
never heard of tempeh and tamari - but looks like i am and even your daughter is convinved - i am going to try this out Bon Appetite!
khau.khan's picture
never heard of tempeh and tamari - but looks like i am and even your daughter is convinved - i am going to try this out Bon Appetite!
Delicious.TV's picture
Tempeh is available in most mainstream grocery stores in the U.S. Look in the produce section, usually next to tofu. If you are unable to find it there, check out any whole food markets, health food stores or Asian markets. if it's still a problem write me back and I'll find it somewhere for you! Thanks for the kind comments and I hope you'll be able to make this sandwich... It really is DELICIOUS! Toni
Hyde.Ray's picture
What are the health benefits of tempeh?
Delicious.TV's picture
Tempeh is made from whole soybeans, so it's a fiber-rich food. It's also a generous source of many nutrients such as protein, calcium, B-vitamins and iron. Being fermented it's easily digested, has great texture and the nutrients are easily absorbed. Thankfully, with all the recent negative hype about soy, tempeh has, because of it's unique properties, avoided all the controversy!
Delicious.TV's picture
Tamari literally means liquid pressed from soybeans, originally it was the thick brown liquid that pooled in casks of fermenting soybean miso. For centuries this tamari was a rare delicacy reserved for special occasions. Eventually producers learned to brew tamari as a liquid soy sauce that had similar characteristics as the original by-product of miso. This tamari is brewed from whole soybeans, sea salt, water, and koji (Aspergillus hacho). Tamari is wheat free and popular with those who have wheat allergies. Also, if you have the opportunity look for Shoyu soy sauce. These two, Tamari and Shoyu are like the Rolls Royce of soy condiment sauces, inexpensive and really wonderful!
Petal's picture
I couldnt find it at Safeway (local grocery store) or the Asian market. Ended up using Tofu instead, and it was just delicious. I am sure I can find this at Whole Foods but I didnt try. May be next week :)
mandeep's picture
mmmmmmmmmm no words till i finish this
mandeep's picture
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm no words till i finish the stuff
tadeger's picture
great sandwich, but the health factor went out the window with all that shotening. An alternative is a touch of oil spray to give you a nice tosted texture without all the fat.
I thnk it will delicious ,will try by me as soon as
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