Thursday, November 15, 2012

Apple Tempeh Triangle Dippers

This recipe is from Vegan Sandwiches Save The Day by Tamasin Noyes and Celine Steen.

Recipe: see page 157 of Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day.
Every day this week until Saturday I am participating in the Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day Blog Tour, the new cookbook from Tamasin Noyes (American Vegan Kitchen) and Celine Steen (Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites).

Just another reminder, I have set up a Pinterest board for the book Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day so you can see some of the recipe images from the book and various blogs, including my own. As of today it is up to 24 images, and counting. Hopefully that will give you a better idea of the types of sandwiches you can make with this cookbook.

Today I am going for the Apple Tempeh Triangle Dippers, which is one of the recipes that uses some of the batch of Tempeh Bacon I made yesterday. This is a fairly quick recipe if the Tempeh Bacon is already prepared.

I like working with puff pastry. It makes me feel like I've made something fancy and beyond my meager cooking skills. Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry is vegan, and that's what I used here.

The Tempeh Bacon, which has a mild barbeque flavor, gets chopped up and added to a mix of chopped apples, lemon, cinnamon, and pomegranate seeds, which is then baked inside the pastry. It's a nice mix of smoky, sweet and tart.

There is a nice contrast of textures too: the flakiness of the pastry and the seeds that add bursts of juice as you bite into them.

The pastry is good by itself, but the dipping sauce takes this to another level. It's essentially grenadine syrup, but much better. Grenadine is pomegranate juice, sugar, and a little bit of orange flower water. These days, commercially sold grenadine is made with high fructose corn syrup which gives it an odd little metallic aftertaste. There is none of that here because real maple syrup is used as the additional sweetener. The dipping sauce is insanely sweet.

The recipe is called Apple Tempeh Triangle Dippers, but really, the flavor of the pomegranate dominates.

Come back tomorrow when I will have a plate of Peanut Butter Brownie Sandwiches waiting for you. Dessert sandwiches. Yum!

(for triangles) apple, pomegranate seeds, lemon juice, cinnamon, all purpose flour, vegan puff pastry (Pepperidge Farm used here).

(for tempeh bacon) tempeh (Trader Joe's Organic 3-Grain Tempeh used here), vegetable broth, maple syrup, tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, tamari, cumin, coriander, sea salt, onion powder, garlic powder, liquid smoke, olive oil. 

(for pomegranate maple dipping sauce) pomegranate juice, maple syrup, lemon juice, cornstarch.