Biscuits and gravy. Comfort food of the first order. For biscuits I like Tzippy's version, but I hear amazing things about Johnp's biscuits (can someone link me to these?) and also Bazu's. For gravy, mine, which riffs on Isa Chandra Moskowitz's recipe for tempeh sausage crumbles.
Updated Tempeh Gravy for Biscuits
1 8 oz package tempeh, crumbled fine
1 onion, diced medium
2 T vegan butter
3 T flour
3/4 t marjoram
3/4 t rubbed sage
3/4 t fennel seeds
1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper
2 c soy milk
Place tempeh in a large pan. Add water to nearly cover, and steam the tempeh for ten minutes. Allow to cool. Saute onion in butter till soft over medium heat. Add flour and allow to cook a couple of minutes, stirring, to get rid of the raw taste. Slowly add soy milk to the pan, stirring. If you get some lumps, whisk it. Add in tempeh and spices and allow to thicken. If it is not as thick as you would like, mix some arrowroot or cornstarch (corn flour) with a bit of broth and keep adding it in until you get your desired thickness.
This freezes well, and so do biscuits! I freeze it in portion sizes to cover two biscuit halves.
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