Blue Plate Special #45: Cornmeal Crusted Rosemary Tempeh with Garlicky Mashed Potatoes & Kale Shallot Sauté


Admission: I cooked with oil tonight. A negligent amount, but it was in the meal nevertheless.

I wanted the tempeh to be crispy but the cornmeal was a little too dry. With a few minutes to go, I sprayed it with some sunflower oil. And, I added Earth Balance to the mashed potatoes. I did say that potatoes need oil! The amount of oil was de minimis and it did not effect the way we felt after eating.

Cornmeal Crusted Rosemary Tempeh
1 8oz package tempeh
1/4 cup tamari
3/4 cup water
Flour, about a 1/2 cup
Vegan milk, about a 1/2 cup
Cornmeal, about a cup
1 sprig of rosemary, chopped
1 small bunch parsley, chopped
Sunflower oil (spray)

Steam the tempeh in the tamari and water for about 20 minutes. Let cool and then cut in half, half again and in half again to make 8 small rectangles. Set up a breading station by pouring each element into a bowl.

These measurements are not exact. You have to use your judgement.

1 – flour

2 – vegan milk

3 – cornmeal + chopped rosemary + chopped parsley

4 – plate for crusted tempeh

Dredge the tempeh in the flour, then the milk and then the cornmeal.  Place on a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes in a 350 oven. Spray the tops with sunflower oil and cook for another few minutes, until the crust starts to brown.

Garlicky Mashed Potatoes
6 small potatoes (about 2 per person)
3 cloves of garlic
Vegan milk
Earth Balance
Salt, to taste

Peel and cut potatoes. Place in a pot and just cover with water. Peel the garlic and add to the pot. Bring to a boil and then simmer until just tender. Strain and then return to the pot. Use a potato masher to mash everything together with as much vegan milk and Earth Balance as needed to make it creamy and a pinch of salt.

Kale Sauté
1 bunch kale
3 shallots
Salt, to taste

Slice the shallots. Place in a pan with 3 tablespoons of water and cook until softening.

Take the center ribs out of the kale and chop. Blanch in boiling water for 1 minute. Add to the shallots and and season with a pinch of salt.

Plate it up and enjoy!

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