Thursday, June 5, 2008

Sloppy Joes

By now you have probably noticed the format changes to the blog. Let's just say that I learned a lesson in being sure you know what button you are clicking. I was looking through some templates, contemplating switching things up on Vegan Dad, when I carelessly clicked the button that switched the template instead of just previewing the template. Yarg! I knew I had a backup of my old template somewhere on my computer, but when I tried to load it I kept getting an error message. So, I just ran with it and switched things up. The bummer is that I lost my link list, videos, blogroll roll, etc. I am not sure where that info went. So please don't feel liked I have shunned you all--I will begin slowly rebuilding. As for tonight's meal, it is a real crowd pleaser. I love a good sloppy joe with some bite and this recipe delivers. This is an adapted recipe from The New Basics, one of those very non-vegan cookbooks I keep around (I am pretty sure there is a recipe for a ham stuffed inside a chicken stuffed inside a turkey deep fried in bacon grease somewhere in there). It has lots of information about technique and basic cooking skills, and every now and then I veganize something from it.

- 4 cups water
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- 1 8.5 oz block of tempeh
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 rib celery, chopped
- 1/2 green pepper, chopped
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup water (more if needed)
- 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- dash of Tabasco sauce

1. Bring four cups of water to a boil. Add 2 tsp soy sauce. Cut tempeh into four pieces and simmer in water for 10 mins. Remove from water, cool, and grate.
2. Heat oil in a frying pan over med-hi heat. Saute onion, celery, green pepper, and oregano for 5-7 mins, until onion is translucent and pepper has softened.
3. Add grated tempeh and mix well. Fry for 4-5 mins, then add in all the other ingredients. Bring to bubbling then simmer for 10-15 mins, until sauce thickens. Add a more water if needed, depending of how thick you want the sauce.
4. Serve on toasted rolls. I like an open face sandwich, but you could also serve on mini hamburger buns for the kids. Add a slice of vegan cheese if you want.


Happy Herbivore! said...

I <3 veg*n sloppy joes

Veg-a-Nut said...

You are not alone when it comes to punching the worng key or button. I hate that, but change is good. I too love sloppy joes and these look really good! I want you to know that I just love your blog. You and vegan mom are really talented in the kitchen. Hey how is your garden doing? Hope you are having some good garden weather.

Vegan_Noodle said...

Sucks about losing all your links! I like the new look though... I just updated mine as well.

Heard that you got a veg bloggy award! Congrats! It is well deserved :-)

Vegan Dad said...

Thanks! And the garden is doing fairly well. The boys took out a few plants with the soccer ball and it has been fairly cool, but I think warm weather is now here to stay. we have had some green onions, and radishes and spinach will not be far behind.

vegan noodle,
Right back atcha. And, it turns out there is a new gadget for blogger that updates your blogroll from Google Reader. Boy did that save a lot of time and typing!

fusilier said...

Have you come across any/many vegan or vegitarian slow cooker recipes? Would like to try some.

Jen said...

I don't know if this helps or not, but you could always Google your blog, and when it shows in the search results, click on Cached. You'll see the recent spidering of your blog, and hopefully it won't be the very latest version. When you see the cached page, view the page source and copy what HTML you want from the source.

Alexis said...

I actually quite like the new look!

Vegannewbie said...

The old look was good, but I love the new look, & love the blog!

chow vegan said...

I like the new look as well.

The sloppy joes look amazing, another one of your recipes that I must try someday.

Anonymous said...

We had the sloppy joes tonight after reading your post, and they were delicious. Thanks!

Kevin said...

This recipe looks so good that I'm going to make this tomorrow night. I have a few questions, though!

How much does this make? I'm going to be cooking this for 4 adults and 1 toddler and I wasn't sure if I should possibly increase the amounts here or if it would be more than enough.

Also, will an herb vinegar made with apple cider vinegar work just fine in place of red wine vinegar? I don't have any of the latter on hand and don't want to have to go nab a bottle just for one recipe.


Vegan Dad said...

The recipe makes enough for 6 sandwiches. So, if people want two, you should double the recipe. Or if people want to heap the tempeh mixture onto bread for an open-faced sandwich, then double the recipe. You might as well just go ahead and double the recipe.

To my mind the red wine vinegar is what makes this dish. It has a certain bite and flavour that other vinegars don't have. That being said, I have never made it with other kinds of vinegars, so it just might work.

Kevin said...

So I just got done cleaning up after dinner and it was an absolute smash. After doubling the recipe, I thought I might have too much, but everyone couldn't get enough. Even with the vinegar adjustment, it ended up having a wonderful flavor.

The toddler was really upset to be having "sandwiches" at first, but as soon as he actually got a taste of it, he was in love. This recipe is definitely going in my arsenal, especially for the next time I have to cook for children. Thanks!


Vegan Dad said...


From Ontario, too! said...

Hi Vegan Dad!
Although I am neither vegan or vegetarian, I enjoy trying new foods. I have never worked with tempeh before but when I saw your sloppy joe recipe I gave it a try. It was wonderful! I also made your naan triangles. Both my kids tried each dish and while my picky son scrunched up his nose, my daughter loved them. Thanks for the great recipes that made a new ingredient so enjoyable!

Cravin' Veggies said...

I made these a few days ago and my son -- rebel omni-boy -- ate most of it! I think he had 5 or 6 the next day!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

They were fantastic!!

Vegan Next Door said...

I love vegan sloppy joes. I'm personally fond of the American Heart Association Sloppy Joe Sauce recipe which consists of

- 1 onion, diced
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons chili sauce
- 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
- 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sugar

And of course, there's always manwich... for a super quick quick meal, it's great with ground boca burger.

Amari said...

Just recently came across your website when looking for a tasty vegan sloppy joe recipe! This recipe was phenomenal! I even had to rave about it on my own blog! Thanks for a delicious vegan dinner!