Monday, July 26, 2010

Buffalo Tempeh

This recipe could qualify as a local specialty, because as far as I know, Gainesville, Florida has the best tempeh on Earth. Two equally matched local tempeh makers, Artie and Jose, compete for the the veggie-crunchy hearts of townies and restaurant-owners alike. In fact, I designed this recipe in an attempt to duplicate an appetizer I once ordered at a restaurant downtown. Mission accomplished! I loved digging into these buttery, spicy, tangy, messy "wings". No bones about it! Har har.

Fermented soy products like tempeh are easy to digest and packed with protein. I had mine with fried onions, celery sticks and grape tomatoes for a total of seven ingredients on this plate! The tempeh is also fantastic with blue cheese.

4-Ingredient Buffalo Tempeh
Total Kitchen Time: 20 minutes. Serves 1.

3 tempeh strips (soybeans, culture)
3 Tbls. butter
1/4 cup Frank's Red Hot (vinegar, spices)

Melt butter by the method of your choice and whisk together with Frank's Red Hot.

Fry tempeh strips over medium-low heat 5 minutes or until browned on both sides. Toss with buffalo sauce and serve.


  1. Holy crap, you're in G'ville? I had no clue! I'm a vegan and a friend of mine online shared your blog with me recently. I've been lurking and enjoying the vegan and veganizable recipe ideas.

    How would you compare Artie and Jose's tempeh? I know I've tried some (maybe both), but I keep forgetting to note which and then which I prefer.

  2. Hi Gainesville Meg! I'm glad you're enjoying the blog :)

    I can't tell the difference between Artie's and Jose's... I heard that one taught the other how to make tempeh and then they had a falling out; now they're competitors!

  3. Interesting... I think I heard something similar about a certain local pizza place. Makes me wonder what other stories there are behind the food.

  4. I've had the local Gainesville tempeh! It truly is the best. :)

  5. Yum! Tempeh actually sounds good when I think about dipping it in organic, blue cheese dressing (smile). Pretty plate of food. I would eat it despite what tempeh seems to do to my stomach, which is no bueno...!

  6. Hey, I put you in my sidebar! Hope that's okay, Dearie...!?

  7. I'm honored, Stella, thank you!! :)