Vegan Tempeh Sausage Pastry Puffs

Dang it, puff pastry, why do you torment me so? I either don’t thaw you out enough and you break, or I thaw you out too much and you are mush! SIGH. So my two sheets of puff pastry became one. I tried to flatten it out as much as I could, but that’s why the “puff” is so thick. These tasted good, though, even though it had way too much pastry. These would be good for a party!

rating: 8.5

Vegan Tempeh Sausage Pastry Puffs
(Vegan Brunch, Isa Chandra Moscowitz)

makes 18 pastries

Ingredients:

8 ounces tempeh, crumbled
1 package puff pastry (Pepperidge Farm brand is vegan), thawed

For the Marinade:
1 cup vegetable broth
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons lemon juice

For Everything Else:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons fennel seeds, chopped (I omitted)
2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 teaspoons dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Salt, to taste
Olive oil for brushing the pastry

Directions:

Note: Don’t forget to thaw your pastry before starting this recipe. I thaw it overnight in the fridge, but you can also thaw for 30 minutes on your countertop.

Whisk the marinade ingredients together in a small mixing bowl. Add the tempeh and let marinade for an hour.

When the hour is almost up, preheat a large pan over medium heat. Sauté the red bell pepper and onion in the oil for 7 to 10 minutes, until the onion is translucent. Add garlic and spices and sauté another 3 minutes. Drain the marinated tempeh and add it to the pan. Turn the heat up to medium high and cook for about 15 minutes, stirring often.

In the meantime, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and start preparing your puff pastries. Pour a little olive oil into a cup and brush a large baking sheet with olive oil. Cut each pastry sheet into 9 squares and set them on the baking sheet at least an inch apart. Brush the tops of the pastries with olive oil. When the tempeh is ready, taste for salt and remove from heat. Top each pastry right in the middle with a heaping tablespoon of tempeh.

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until the pastries are nice and puffed. Serve ASAP.

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