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!
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.