Friday, July 15, 2011

Recipe Remix: Queens Style Stuffed Tempeh Burgers and The Amends

Last week I posted a new Artist's Cookbook with The Miami. The recipe was for stuffed turkey burgers but seeing as that isn't something that I could easily digest I decided to remix it into a more vegetarian/vegan friendly dish. I'd love to go on and on about how well this remix turned out and how everyone loved it but...no one else had a chance to eat any. It made four burgers and, like one of those A & E television shows, I hoarded them to myself.

Queens Style Stuffed Tempeh Burgers (Tender B. Remix)

-1 block of tempeh, broken into chunks
-1/2 cup of pecan powder
-12 saltines
-6 oz tomato paste
-2 Tbs. tamari
-garlic powder
-fresh mozzarella (or favorite vegan mozzarella)
-crushed red pepper
-steak sauce
-fresh basil
-4 buns, toasted

1. Steam the tempeh chunks in a bamboo steamer (or other steamer) for twenty minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes and then crumble with your hands into a large bowl.

2. Process the pecans and crackers in a food processor until powdered (if you have actual pecan powder you just need to powder the crackers). Combine powdered crackers and pecans with tempeh.

3. Add the tomato paste, tamari and garlic powder (which I didn't measure but it was probably about a tbs) to the tempeh mixture. Stir until all ingredients are combined.

4. Divide the mixture into four piles. Begin forming patties. Make a hole in the center, rip off a chunk of mozzarella and place it inside along with a pinch of red pepper flakes. Reform the patty so that the mozzarella and pepper are in the middle. Repeat with the other three patties.

5. Using a skillet, heat the patties over medium heat. I heated mine until the were starting to brown (about 8 minutes a side) but you can cook yours until your desired texture (maybe you like your tempeh rare?). With about a minute left in cooking time dump steak sauce on the patties. Smear over the top, flip and smear again. Add some more mozzarella and a few basil leaves. Place a lid over the burger, melt the cheese and serve on toasted buns. Hoard for yourself.

The remixed burgers went great with a band who knows a thing or two about making minor changes (or at least that is what their moniker implies). The Amends are from Boulder, Colorado and they are preparing for the release of their first full length next Saturday (July 23rd). The band will celebrate that night with a show at the Meadowlark in Denver. Until the full length we can celebrate as silicon strangers the rip roaring, mile a minute, dance your face off sounds of the band's previous EP of demos. "Dance" is my favorite tune.


The rest of the EP:

Check out two singles from the upcoming album at the Amend's bandcamp page.