sandwich night with sesame-tempeh, charred fennel & pepper rings

3rd October 2018

Usually, sandwich night falls on Friday night when it is just the three of us and I have made a fresh loaf of challah bread. The meal comes together in half an hour and is so delicious and satisfying. Slices of homemade bread are brushed with a strong English mustard, followed by a thick layer of vegan mayonnaise and filled with an avocado salsa, green garden leaves, tamari-sesame coated slices of tempeh and charred fennel and red pepper rings.

sandwich night

Serves 3

for the charred tempeh, fennel & pepper rings:

1 small red and green pepper

1 large fennel

1 packet/200g tempeh

6 Tblsp oil/ghee

3 Tablespoons sesame seeds

3 Tablespoon of tamari

for the sandwiches:

slices of your favourite bread

strong English mustard

avocado with tomato, coriander salsa and mustard seeds

vegan mayonnaise

bitter salad leaves

salt and freshly ground black pepper

for the charred tempeh, peppers and fennel:

Slice the fennel into rounds, set aside. Slice the peppers into round or half rounds, set aside. Cut the tempeh into strips or rounds. (Depending on the shape of the tempeh you are using).

In a heavy-bottomed skillet over high heat. Drizzle in a tablespoon of oil and cook the fennel rounds until charred around the edges. When sufficiently charred, scoop them out onto a large plate and repeat with the same procedure with the red & green peppers. When charred and cooked add to the same plate as the fennel.

Keep the pan on the heat, pour in the remaining oil and fry the tempeh until golden, flipping over and doing the same with the other side. Once all have been done (may need to do in two batches), return all the tempeh to the pan, sprinkle over the sesame seeds and saute, coating the tempeh with the seeds for a minute. Turn off the heat and drizzle the tamari over the tempeh. Stir a few times and scoop out onto the plate. Making sure you brush out all the seeds left over in the pan over the charred peppers, fennel and tempeh.

assemble the sandwiches:

Drizzle each slice of bread with olive oil, a swipe of mustard and spread a thick layer of mayonnaise. Add a dollop of avocado salsa, and a layer of garden green leaves, a few slices of tempeh, a generous sprinkle of fennel and pepper rings and season with salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Enjoy!

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