Fake Bak’n

Serves 4


8 oz. Tempeh
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup soy sauce
1-1/2 Tbsp. Maple syrup
1-2 tsp. liquid hickory smoke
1/2 tsp. garlic granules
2-4 Tbsp. safflower, sunflower, soy or olive oil for basting

Steam tempeh 20 minutes if package does not indicate that it is “PRE-COOKED.” Slice tempeh into four (4) 1×5” pieces, then slice each strip vertically into 4-6 thin strips, and place in a bread-baking or small casserole dish.
Whisk next 5 ingredients together and pour over tempeh strips. Cover and refrigerate 4 to 24 hours. The longer the tempeh marinates, the more flavorful it will become.

Coat bottom of large skillet with smaller amount of oil. Cook 1/2 of the strips over medium heat, frying approx. 3-4 minutes on each side. Transfer cooked strips to plate lined with paper towels. The strips will brown more as they cool.

VARIATION: 
TLT SANDWICH: Use above recipe for Fake Bak’n. Slice 2 ripe tomatoes. Spread some Vegenaise or Nayonnaise on 8-12 slices of your favorite bread or toast. Add lots of lettuce and there you have a delicious TLT! Makes 6 sandwiches.

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