Tempeh Sliders with Chipotle Ranch Dressing

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Tempeh Slider with Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Do you ever have food nostalgia from what you ate on vacation?  I do.

I sigh over all those US raspberries… blueberries… cherries… Haas avocados… Ezekiel brand English muffins…  tempeh…

WHOA… hold the phone… what the heck is TEMPEH??  I know, right??  I ate it for the first time about 2 years ago, and was put off of it for about a year.  Tempeh is made from cooked & slightly fermented soybeans, and pressed into a cake or patty.  It’s firmer in texture than tofu and has a nutty (and slightly fermented) flavour.  (Maybe this is what put me off the first time… that flavour… I didn’t marinate it at all and you really should.)  But once it’s properly marinated, it’s delicious, and I’d say kind of addictive.

Tempeh Slider with Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Tempeh is high in fiber and protein (even more per serving than tofu), easily digested, and has 10% of your calcium and iron needs for the day in just one serving. It’s a great meat substitute!  Try it!  But if you don’t like it, this recipe also works with extra-firm tofu and (gasp) chicken.

Tempeh Slider with Chipotle Ranch Dressing

What brings this whole sandwich together is the dressing.  Oh yes, the dressing!!  Please do not change a thing about this… you’ll regret it if you do.  Nobody would ever guess this chipotle ranch is vegan… it’s perfectly creamy, smoky, & slightly sweet… ain’t nothin’ wrong with it, and everything right.  It just melds all these sandwich flavours together and makes a symphony in your mouth.  The smokiness complements the tempeh perfectly, and if you don’t try it, you’ll never know.

Tempeh Slider with Chipotle Ranch Dressing

The toppings are up to you, but I highly recommend avocado, red onions, & spinach or dark lettuce.  And once you bite into it, you’ll understand why they call it a slider…

2 thoughts on “Tempeh Sliders with Chipotle Ranch Dressing”

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