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This is a recipe for 4 portions!


For the tempeh marinade

335 g black tempeh (thawed overnight or for 10 minutes in the microwave)

2 tbsp soy sauce or tamari

1 tsp paprika powder

1 tsp grated ginger or ½ tsp ginger powder

1 tsp sugar

1 tbsp sunflower oil

1 tsp vinegar

For the carbonnade 

2 carrots (grated or finely chopped)

1 onion (finely chopped)

3 tbsp vegan butter

300 ml water + ½ cube vegetarian bouillon

250 ml brown beer (Leffe or similar)

30g flour

1 tbsp mustard (Dijon or a similar strong one)  

1 tsp sugar (optional, the carrots are already sweet!)

1 tbsp dried thyme 

1 bay leaf

1 tbsp vinegar (optional)

1 tbsp pearl onions (to balance your sweet/sour flavours)

+ salt & pepper to taste

Options for side dish

a. 600 g potatoes as fries or wedges or simply boiled

b. 600 g toasted bread slices

c. .. anything that you prefer with a carbonnade!

Preparation method:

  1. Prepare the tempeh marinade by mixing all of the ingredients in a bowl. Cut the black tempeh in large cubes (2-3cm) and add the cubes to the bowl, then gently stir to mix. Leave the marinade 20 minutes for the tempeh to absorb the flavours.

  2. In a cup or bowl mix warm water with bouillon, mustard and sugar.

  3. In a deep pot (suitable for stews) melt the vegan butter at medium temperature and add the onions to glaze for 2 minutes. Then add the carrots and stir to mix for 5-10 minutes for the carrots to cook a little. 

  4. Add the flour to the pot and mix for 2 minutes, to avoid burning the flour. Then add only 250g marinated tempeh, the liquid water & bouillon mix, and keep stirring. Lower the temperature and add the beer, the thyme, bayleaf, the salt & pepper.

  5. Let your carbonnade slowly cook at lower temperature for 20 minutes. You will see that it thickens and it becomes a creamy sauce. Stir gently every few minutes to avoid the tempeh sticking to the bottom. 

  6. Prepare your side dish of your choosing and enjoy this warm winter dish!

*** The carbonnade can be reheated and lasts for 3 days in the fridge.

*** Don’t worry if the black tempeh disintegrates a little and you see black beans separated from the tempeh, it is normal. Just be gentle with your stirring.

*** The marinated tempeh you have leftover can stay in the fridge in the marinade and be consumed the next day. Fry it for 5-10 minutes in the pan with sunflower oil; or put in the oven at 180 degrees, for 20 minutes, and serve with a side dish of your choosing!