Get in my sammich now! I am so smitten with this delicious plant protein with an unbelievable texture. As much as I love cooking, sometimes I just want a quick sandwich or a wrap with an emphasis on protein. Like right after I had an intense workout. This fits the bill wonderfully.
For those who are unfamiliar, seitan is very much like a mock meat with a convincing form, texture and taste. This very same recipe could well be called vegan pastrami in my opinion. Or it can be turned in deli slices, burger patties with different flavorings etc.. There are so many possibilities. The recipe is below.
Some of the ingredients (vital wheat gluten and liquid smoke) is not regular household pantry items, I admit. But the again these things are now accessible to most through online stores. I wanted to try because it feels better to have this stuff homemade. I get to control the form, nutrition and flavor just the way I want.
Another note, however obvious, is that this is a gluten-heavy recipe. Not really for those with gluten intolerance.
- 4 cups water for boiling
- 2 tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 teaspoon liquide smoke
- 1 teaspoon white miso optional
- 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup +2 tablespoon water
- 1 cup vital wheat gluten
- 2 tablespoon nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
Set the oven to 350F
Start boiling the water in a saucepan.
In a medium bowl, put all the wet ingredients and mix them well with a fork, transfer to the food processor
Add the dry ingredients in and process until the mixture is fairly uniform.
Wrap the mixture in a cheesecloth, shaping it into a dough ball. Wrap it somewhat tightly with the cheesecloth and put it in the boiling water for 4 minutes.
Take off the cheesecloth off. Transfer the seitan into an oven tray.
Season it with the olive oil and soy sauce, and roast for about 40- 45 min.