Tempeh Tube Sausage

Saturday–thank goodness. This week seems like it’s dragged on and on. Most of this might be due to the 3:45 am wake up time I had on Tuesday for filming the morning show segments. Most of this might be related to the fact that I gave up coffee this week (seriously not the best week to do this–but I do feel clearer headed and more focused already!). But mostly I think I just haven’t had a break. So today, while I had planned on going to an urban farming conference down the street from me, I’m just going to take it easy, buy some produce at the farmers market, and cook a nice breakfast. Sometimes my body just needs a break, and when it does, I’ve got to listen! Later on I will hit up the 350 Rally for the International Day of Climate Action and show my support for the planet, but for right now, I’m going to cozy up to a plate of fried maple pumpkin polenta, tempeh tube sausage patties, and sauted garlicky kale (the below is obviously not polenta or kale–it’s french toast and tofu scramble).

Tempeh Tube Sausage

1 block of tempeh (can be gluten-free)
2 tbsp tapioca starch
1/2 tsp sage
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp crushed black pepper
1 tbsp dried parsley flakes/2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tbsp Bragg’s Liquid Aminos/soy sauce

Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add the tempeh and boil for 10 minutes. This will help to eliminate the bitter taste.

In a food processor, combine the boiled tempeh with the rest of the ingredients.

Roll the sticky “sausage” into balls, flatten, and fry in oil over medium heat on the stove for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown.

19 Responses to “Tempeh Tube Sausage”
  1. Mmm I love a good sausage! These look absolutely delicious, I must make them soon.

  2. That looks super scrummy.

  3. itstartedwithafish says:

    whoa, now that I finally found somewhere to get tempeh I am of course on the look-out for recipes and THIS looks like something we ought to make.

    Thanks for sharing!!!

  4. BitterSweet says:

    I’ve never made my own “sausage” because the recipes always seem really intimidating, usually having to do with creating seitan or something from scratch, but this one seems really approachable! I even have two bricks of tempeh sitting in my fridge… I may have to make an impromptu sausage brunch now!

  5. lazysmurf says:

    Sounds good! How did they compare to the seitan sausages?

  6. chow vegan says:

    Amazing looking tempeh sausages! I’ve always wanted to try making my own and this recipe seems easy enough even for me. Thanks! :-)

  7. jessy says:

    this week’s been feeling crazy long for me, too – hooray for saturday! i’ve never been a big coffee drinker (i’ll have the occasional cup every now and again at a restaurant after dinner or something), but dan is. he attempted to give up coffee a few months ago and made it about 2 weeks. he was so lost in the mornings – it cracked me up! you’re too awesome to give up coffee on the crazy whirlwind of a week that you just had, Jes – superw00t!

    your tempeh tube sausages look mighty fine! i would love the smother them in ridiculous amounts of maple syrup. mmmmmmm! i love that they’re gluten-free, too! another superw00t! yay!

  8. Beatrice says:

    Pumpkin polenta sounds really really good.

  9. Beatrice says:

    D’oh, somehow that comment wound up on the wrong post, sorry.

  10. a-k says:

    Oooh, I’ve got a boxful of tempeh in my freezer right now… this might have to be breakfast tomorrow morning!

  11. mihl says:

    Sorry you had such a hard week!

    Wow, those sausage sounds very, very delicious! I need tempeh.

  12. Ricki says:

    Well, I’m so behind in my MoFo reading that I hadn’t seen this yet! Love the tempeh sausage. Yay! Another great brunch next weekend! :)

  13. DaviMack says:

    Sounds awesome! You make the best food!

  14. cookingforaveganlover says:

    yum i could go for tempeh sausage right now

  15. Barbara says:

    That tempeh sausage looks amazing, Jes!

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