Monday, May 16, 2011

Braised Red Cabbage and Apples with Dijon Mustard Marinated Tempeh

I had this dish at Holy Cow, a local restaurant here in Eugene. It was so beautiful and delicious that I attempted to recreate it. It turned out great! The flavors are simple yet amazing. It does take a bit of time, but it’s completely worth it.

What you’ll need:

1 garlic clove, smashed
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large head of red cabbage (about 2 pounds), cored and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1-2 Gala or Fuji apple, cored and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup unfiltered apple cider
2 whole allspice (optional), crushed
1 1/2 tablespoons apple-cider vinegar

For Mashed Potatoes

Soy Milk
Earth Balance
Salt and Pepper

What you’ll do:

Cook garlic in butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium heat, stirring, 1 minute. Add cabbage, apple, cider, allspice (if using), 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until cabbage is tender, 15 to 18 minutes.

Add vinegar and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until liquid has evaporated, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

In the meantime you can prepare you mashed potatoes. No recipe necessary (I assume).

Dijon Mustard Marinated Tempeh

What you’ll need:

½ pound plain tempeh
½ cup apple juice or locally pressed apple cider
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon tamari
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons raw apple cider vinegar

What you’ll do:

Cut tempeh into 4 even rectangles. Then slice each one in half horizontally, re-stack each half and cut into triangles. Repeat with the 3 remaining pieces.

Place tempeh triangles into a baking dish in a single layer

Place the apple juice, Dijon mustard, tamari, oil and vinegar into a bowl and whisk until emulsified. Pour over tempeh and allow to marinate for 30 minutes or longer.

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Bake tempeh for 30 to 45 minutes or until the marinade has been absorbed and the top is golden brown.

To assemble:

Place a scoop or two of the mashed potatoes in the center of the plate. Spoon the braised cabbage and apples around the outside of the mashed potatoes. Add the tempeh triangles into the mashed potatoes. Your guest will be so impressed with the artistic look and delicious flavors.

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