April 14, 2009

Tempeh Cheesesteak Recipe

Since I live in the greater Philadelphia area, we are inundated with cheesesteak this and that. I once saw cheesesteak-flavored potato chips, which doesn't sound appealing to me in the least. What's next, cheesesteak ice cream?

I don't eat beef, so I've never even had a Philly cheesesteak, despite the years spent living in the city. I do however make some pretty tasty ones using tempeh, a soy product. Mr. Geek RAVES about them.
Tempeh tastes nutty and slightly sweet, and has a chewy texture. You can typically find it next to the tofu in the grocery store. Here's my recipe, which I made for lunch today.

Kathleen's Tempeh Cheesesteaks (makes 4)
  • Crusty rolls (4)
  • 1 package of tempeh
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 onions (I use red)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup bottled barbeque sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp malt vinegar
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp hot chili sauce (optional)
1. Mix up your sauce/marinade by combining the liquids. Slice the tempeh into 1/4" strips, lay in a shallow dish and pour the sauce over the tempeh. Set aside, either for an hour or just a few minutes. I let mine sit about 5-10 minutes, while I'm preparing the other ingredients.
2. Slice the onions and cut the peppers into strips. Peel and mince the garlic. Saute these in a pan on medium until soft.
3. Add the tempeh and cook until heated through.
4. While that's cooking, shred some of the mozzarella cheese. Slice the rolls and sprinkle the cheese on either side of the open rolls.
5. When the tempeh has cooked, lay the pieces along with some onions and peppers on each roll. Bake in the oven @ 350 degrees until the cheese is melted and the rolls are toasted. Serve hot hot hot! Preferably alongside some birthday roses.


  1. Being from Reading originally I grew up loving pizza cheese steaks and all kinds really. I live in Utah now but we are still fans of Philly and love all things Philly and sports. A few people have Philly steak places here, believe it or not. I will say the problem is the roll. They don't make bread in Utah like Philadelphia. I think the roll is the whole key rather than the meat or whatever. If you have a good roll it makes everything taste good.

  2. That looks really good!

    I'm starving now. Not saying it's your fault, but the pictures didn't help. ;)

  3. Geez. You made all that for lunch? Is it Mr. Geek's birthday or yours?
    It certainly looks festive.

  4. That sounds great!! I'm always looking for fun things to do with Tempeh! :)


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