Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tempeh Breakfast Sausage Patties

I was at the health food store the other day and was looking at all the oils, I usually go for the cheapest (sunflower) for my frying and popcorn needs, but this time I decided on Rice Bran oil.

I remember reading in a post by Sarah from My New Roots explaining how some oils have a low smoke point such as olive oil and shouldn't be used for cooking. She recommends ghee (which is clarified butter) but there is a vegan option! Rice Bran Oil, it has a very high smoke point and is perfect for stir frying. I was like alright I'll try it, it has a nice nutty flavour and you just feel confident that you're not somehow tarnishing the little molecules in the oil.

I have been dreaming lately about vegan breakfast sausage. This recipe has soy in it but it has the two types of soy that I feel good about eating: tempeh and miso. Both are fermented so it digests easier. Miso gives these patties a wonderfully rich flavour, the liquid smoke is optional but makes it so good and well, smokey! :) I loved those big greasy breakfasts before going "Sketch-free", these patties are just as good and healthy too!

On top of ol' smoookey

1 block of tempeh (250 g)
1/3 cup water
1 tbsp rice bran oil (or other oil of choice)
3 tbsp Gluten-free flour blend (brown rice, GF oat and buckwheat)
1 tbsp miso paste
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp dried basil
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp liquid smoke (optional)

Steam/boil tempeh until cooked through. Mash well with fork until small crumbles form, mix with remaining ingredients. Form into patties and fry in frying pan with 1 tbsp rice bran oil (or oil of choice, stay away from olive oil though because they may burn). Cook on both sides until browned and cooked through. Makes about 8 patties.


  1. I love breakfast sausages, too! These sound fantastic. And they look so "sausage-y"! :D

  2. those sausages look scrumptious! a friend from india recently told me to use rice bran oil for high temperatures too... i need to pick up some rice bran and mustard oil.

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    1. i've never heard of rice bran oil, but i'll definitely look for it! i wish i could eat soy still. i hope one day soon! i've only had tempeh once and it wasn't a hit for me (at a restaurant), but i love miso and tofu!

  4. I'm from (and in! :P ) Australia where breakfast sausage isn't really a "thing", but I absolutely adore all things smokey and miso and tempeh, so this looks wonderful! I wonder if I could crumble the burgers into a salad with mango for that summer touch :P

    1. mm! that sounds good, like bacon crumbles! i guess it's summer in australia now? hence opposite ends of the globe XD (it's chilly winter up here) :)

  5. This looks really great; I've really been wanting to make a gf sausage recently, but didn't know what I should use as a base. Tempeh seems like the best choice! I'll be trying this soon.

  6. ooh yum! I'm going to try these. I've never even heard of Rice Bran Oil, but I'll have to check it out. What else would you use it with?

    1. hey jenne! Rice bran oil can be used for high heat stir frying and popping popcorn of course! XD I don't know how good it would be in a salad dressing...

  7. Actually you said the smoke point in reverse. Olive oil has a low smoke point making it burn a low temperature. Rice bran oil has a high smoke point making it usable in very high temperatures such as deep frying without breaking down or burning. Glad to hear you have discovered RBO and are spreading the word. It really is an amazing product with many great benefits.

    1. thanks! you are so right about the smoke points, whoops, I just changed the post now :P

  8. I have never heard of Rice Bran Oil- thanks for the tip!

    Your breakfast sausages look sooo good!