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Tempeh Bourgignon Monday October 11, 2010

Filed under: The Chef — The Professor @ 9:13 pm

Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I am now officially a full-time homemaker, but I’m feeling fancy.  Oh and I found this recipe on the Vegetarian Times site.


  • 2 cups medium-bodied red wine, such as Pinot Noir
  • 1 8-oz. pkg. tempeh, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 small onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice (about 1 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped (about 1 Tbs.)
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. herbes de Provence
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 7 oz. sliced shiitake mushrooms (about 4 cups)


  1. Combine wine, tempeh, onion, carrot, garlic, 1 Tbs. olive oil, herbes de Provence and bay leaf in large bowl. Cover, and refrigerate 1 hour.
  2. Strain vegetables and tempeh, and reserve wine.
  3. Heat remaining oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add tempeh and vegetables, and cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until tempeh cubes are browned on all sides.
  4. Add vinegar, and quickly stir to coat evenly.
  5. Add tomato paste, and cook 1 minute.
  6. Stir in red wine marinade, scraping bottom of pot to release any stuck brown bits.
  7. Reduce heat to medium low, cover, and simmer 30 minutes, or until carrots are tender, stirring occasionally. Add water if mixture seems too dry before carrots are fully cooked.
  8. Add mushrooms and 3/4 cup water, and simmer 10 minutes, or until tender. Remove bay leaf. Season with salt and pepper. Serve over rice.

2 Responses to “Tempeh Bourgignon”

  1. Les Says:

    Sounds delish! Going to be trying this later in the week when the temps drop down again! Hope all is well with you all.

  2. The Professor Says:

    We had this last night and while it was fun to prepare (I felt rather fancy and French), it wasn’t fabulous. It was solidly good, but it just wasn’t amazing. It did make the house smell wonderful though.

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