I’m 28 years old.
At the age of 9 when I tasted my first sloppy joe. And, I still remember the sauce. Delicious sauce! I remember seeing the commercials on TV for Manwich sandwiches and see the kids wipe off the red sauce from their mouth with the back of their hand (“I want a Manwich please!”) and wanting my next sloppy joe (and a napkin).
At the age of 13, I had my last sloppy joe. For no other reason than I moved to high school where sloppy joes were somehow left off the school lunch menu. And, my Indian mom sure as heck would not be making a sloppy joe at home without adding her own Indian flair to it. So, in an attempt not to dilute the original, I never requested it.
15 years later…
I bought some tempeh and marinated it in my favorite BBQ sauce.
Ignore the burnt spatula – I love that thing despite what I’ve put it through!
I added it to some sautéed onions, garlic, red and green bell pepper.
And I made my own Tempeh Joes!
And you can’t leave out the slaw (mine was shredded cabbage and carrots quickly warmed in a pan) or the pickle.
I finished and relished every bite! It brought me back to the cafeteria lunch line, ya’ll – minus the mystery meat, which I discovered at age 15.
Tempeh Joes Recipe
Adapted from here
- Tempeh, 1 8oz package
- 1 and 1/4 cup BBQ sauce of your choice*
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 jalapeno, minced (optional)
- 1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Crumble the tempeh with your hands or a grater until it resembles ground beef.
- Marinade the tempeh in 1 cup of the BBQ sauce. I added 1 tsp of Tabasco for a kick.
- While the tempeh is marinating, prepare your veggies.
- Heat non-stick pan over med-high heat.
- Once heated, add oil and wait to heat over same heat.
- Add onions, garlic, jalapeno (optional), and saute until soft.
- Add red and green bell peppers and continue to cook until tender and the onions have browned.
- Add the tempeh and the BBQ sauce to the veggie mix.
- Cook until heated and cooked through.
- *Add the 1/4 cup BBQ sauce and cook until warm.
- Serve on toasted buns (*snicker*)!
*Note: I like my Tempeh Joes on the saucy side. If you do not, then omit the 1/4 cup of BBQ and do not add it at the end.
This was my first experience with tempeh and it definitely won’t be my last!
P.S. I made a killer dressing to the slaw that’s creamy without any dairy! That post is coming up soon! 🙂
Do you cook with tempeh? If so, what do you do? What’s your favorite way to cook it?