You are in luck because seitan and tempeh are totally different. If you have the opportunity, you may want to try a couple of the other "flavors" of tempeh too, or try marinating it. While I can't promise you'll like seitan, its definitely completely different so go for it! I like it grilled and spicy, but that's sort of how I like everything.
Hi there! LOVE seitan...haven't met good tempeh yet, but that's my bad - LOL
Hmmm...what does seitan taste/seem like - I'll tell you exactly. The first time I had it was in "chef" salad, and I totally thought it was ham...only I knew I wasn't 'cause it was my fabulous kosher sister-in-law serving it. I was astounded! The second time I had it was bbq'd...to die for. Not one person who tried it off my plate could believe it wasn't meat. I'm cooking up Alicia's Seitan Picatta this week if all goes to plan and soooo looking forward to it - I think I'll use a bed of spinach or other greens...would it go with the Sicilian Collards, perhaps?
Oh my gosh, Amy, I adore that Celine! (Havecakewilltravel.com) I just printed out a bunch of her recipes yesterday and was especially wowed by the fauxasages...I'm getting so over my head with stuff I wanna try and cook... :)
seitan is delicous and nothing like tempeh....you are gonna loe it...but did you try my tuna tempeh salad? its in the book....its great...try it and then tell me if you still hate tempeh....or make a reuben sandwhich....that is the greatest thing ever!!!! otherwise im with you it definity needs to be a great recipie ir tempeh isnt my thing...but there are some great tempeh resipies out there....anytime you fnd a reuben available vegan get it!!!
I'm a vegan chef and there is so much to do with tempeh to make it taste good! Basically the key to tempeh, is marinating it or spicing it up with different flavors. It's kind of like a meat in that sense-- you wouldn't just eat it plain... it definitely has its own flavor, but it's actually really versatile and when you use certain ingredients (a little soy sauce always works, even for non-asian inspired dishes!), you will notice that tempeh is your friend. You can cut it into triangles or squares, marinate it in a some watered down soy sauce with just a touch of agave, some pepper and any other spices, then bake it in the oven in a glass dish for 20 minutes. Add this to vegetables and a grain, and perhaps a yummy sauce to go on top and you've got yourself a dish! OR you can crumble up the tempeh into a stir-fry, throw some soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, onions, garlic and veggies in there, and you've got something really tasty. Just let the tempeh cook before the veggies cause then it'll get nice and crispy. Or you can even crumble up some tempeh into a saute pan, (add a little touch of soy sauce, always a nice little trick to give it an earthy, 'meaty' flavor), and add some tomato sauce, and boom-- you've got yourself a vegan bolognese sauce! So many ways to get creative with it. Again, the key is marinades and a touch of soy sauce... a little can go a long way!
Thanks everyone you guys all rock I will give tempeh another chance but no seitan in south east KS or my four state area I will order it oline. I am really gonna do the Dani bolognese sause next for sure!!
Korey- You don't even have to buy seitan- you can make your own. It's easy! Go to You Tube and search Seitan and there's a bunch of cooking demos with recipes included to show you how. You might want to order it online first just so you know what your trying to make and what it's supposed to taste like though...good luck!
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