“Orange”-Battered Tempeh à la Kim Barnouin
Last night, I was really craving some deep fried Chinese food smothered in sauce. I almost broke down and got take-out, but I am way over my grocery budget this month – and it’s February, the shortest month of all, so I have no excuse. I’d been wanting to try out the Orange-Battered Tempeh recipe from the Skinny Bitch Ultimate Everyday Cookbook by Kim Barnouin; however, I didn’t have the main sauce ingredient – oranges. So I decided to roll the dice and substitute some apple juice for the orange juice and orange zest. Clearly, I was desperate.
This recipe had two main tasks – 1) covering the tempeh in beer batter and deep-frying, and 2) making the sauce. The deep-fried tempeh came out fabulous. The recipe yielded too much batter, but the fried tempeh (pre-sauce) was so good, I put the unused batter in the fridge and I’m planning on making tempura veggies with it sometime this weekend.
I used SoyBoy brand 5-grain tempeh, which I had never tried before. Not everyone is a fan of tempeh, but I think it’s sort of like tofu in that you can’t rely on it for flavor – you really need to sauce it or season it well. And my sauce was weird. But I was expecting that because of the whole apple juice thing. Don’t get me wrong, it was still a good meal, but next time I will gather up my nickels and go to the grocery store like any sane person would.
Aside from my ridiculous apple juice substitution, this recipe was a winner. It was surprisingly fast, considering you need to make batter, dredge, and deep-fry the tempeh, plus make a sauce. I know I’ve said this before, but I love this cookbook.
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