Tempeh Sandwiches

Tempeh and tri-colored peppers are bathed in a savory marinade to make this grilled sandwich.

If slightly warmer temperatures are turning your thoughts to picnics, try these stellar sandwiches for your next meal enjoyed al fresco. Tempeh's texture makes the perfect stand-in for traditional Italian sausage in these fantastic hand-holds. Just be sure to bring a cloth napkin for everyone—these can be a little messy!

Serves 6

What You Need:

  • 1/2 cup Garlic & Herb Marinade 
  • 1/4 cup tamari
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground fennel
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1-1/2 pounds multigrain tempeh
  • 1 green pepper, cut into quarters lengthwise
  • 1 red pepper, cut into quarters lengthwise
  • 1 orange or yellow pepper, cut into quarters lengthwise
  • 2 red onions, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 6 whole grain buns or rolls, split
  • Mustard, soy mayonnaise, or other condiments of choice

What You Do:

  1. Begin by preparing the marinade. In a small bowl, place the Garlic & Herb Marinade, tamari, balsamic vinegar, ketchup, fresh herbs, and spices. Whisk well to combine, and set aside.
  2. Cut each of the tempeh blocks into 4-ounce portions, yielding 6 pieces. Place the tempeh pieces in a large casserole dish and the peppers and onions in another casserole dish. Drizzle 1/3 of the marinade over the tempeh and 1/3 of the marinade over the vegetables. Place both casserole dishes in the refrigerator and leave them to marinate for several hours.
  3. Place the tempeh and vegetables on the grill and brush both with the remaining marinade while grilling. Grill the tempeh until well-browned, about 5 to 7 minutes per side, and the vegetables until tender, about 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until charred grill marks appear on the surface. As the tempeh and vegetables are grilled to desired doneness, use metal tongs or a spatula to transfer them to a large platter for service. If desired, grill the buns for 1 to 2 minutes. Assemble each sandwich with one piece of tempeh, a few slices of grilled peppers and onions, and desired condiments.

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