Sunday, May 31, 2009

Baked Seitan

Surprisingly, though I've been a vegetarian for about 6 years, I've never eaten or made seitan (or tempeh for that matter). Tempeh and seitan are not often found in grocery stores around here, and while I have now found tempeh (and will try it soon) I still haven't seen seitan. I think I found it at an Asian grocery store but it was reeeeally spongey and honestly I was a bit scared. But now that I have this recipe for baked seitan, I don't care about finding it in grocery stores. I am totally in love with it - it's truly awesome, and easy to make. It's just like really good homemade veggie sausages, and the texture is wonderfully chewy. It does have a strong flavour though so if you add it to another dish it will effect the flavour (versus plain regular seitan).

How can I resist this fluffiness??

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Lemon Miso Tofu and Eggplant
Matthew's Delicious Tofu
Asian Beet and Tofu Salad
Spaghetti and Beanballs with Onion & Roasted Garlic Tomato Sauce

Baked Seitan
Adapted from here

My only modifications were to use less cayenne and less oil, and to use steak sauce instead of vegan Worcestershire sauce.

1 1/2 cups vital wheat gluten
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 tsp salt
2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cumin
1-2 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp allspice
2 tsp garlic powder

3/4 cups water
4 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp tamari
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp steak sauce

Preheat oven to 325F.

In a large mixing bowl mix dry ingredients. Mix the rest of the ingredients (liquid ingredients) in a smaller mixing bowl. Whisk well until mixed.

Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix well, then knead for a minute or two.. it doesn't need long.

Form into a log (6-8" long), wrap tightly in foil, twisting ends. Bake for 90 minutes. When done baking, unwrap and leave out to cool all the way. Then wrap it foil or plastic and refrigerate. Slice to use as desired.


Snooky doodle said...

what an interesting recipe! I ve never tried seitan but now I curious

Dana said...

I really like seitan but have never made my own. The type I buy here kind of grosses me out because it looks like dog food coming out the package. Yours is much more appetizing!

Lisa said...

This is new to me. I've never tried seitan but I enjoy tempeh. You might want to try this Oseng Oseng Tempe that I made a while back. It's one of my favorites.

Steph said...

I've never heard of seitan before. It looks really interesting.

Elyse said...

Ooo, I've never thought about making my own seitan. I'm so excited to see a recipe for it. Yours looks absolutely delicious. You'll love tempeh, too. Oh, and have you ever had soy chicken? That stuff is seriously amazing.

Johanna said...

now I am sad my gluten flour got eaten by weevils - must try this seitan when I get a few more - never like seitan from shops but I think I might like home made

Vegetation said...

EEEEE! Fluffy kitty tummy!!! Too cute! And yay for finding a seitan that you like! I haven't baked my seitan in ages! Looking at that picture makes me think I have to have another go at it! I forgot how much I like the texture.

HappyTummy said...

i LOVE seitan, but have never made my own. this looks easy! i want to try it now. thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

This is very interesting as we've definitely never heard of it. Very curious to see how it's used.

Helene said...

I've never eaten it. That sounds like an easy recipe to make your own.

kickpleat said...

When I was a vegetarian, I used to eat seitan all the time (I would buy it at the hippy shops on the drive). I've never tried to make my own though. Yum!

jd said...

I've never had tempeh or seitan either!

However, I did actually buy tempeh once (at Whole Foods), but I never got around to making it - I think I was just scared - before it expired. Your post has inspired me to give those foods another try!

PS A cat who can use a TV remote?! Now, that's my kinda pet :)

foodcreate said...

I've never had seitan sound delicious.I'm going to make some at home.

Thanks your recipe sound delicious:)

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Teanna said...

I've never had seitan before, but by the looks of the ingredients, I think I would love it! That looks great!

Kelly said...

I've gotta try this! I've only made seitan cooked in a big pot of broth... it'll be interesting to see how the texture of this compares. The spices seem odd... allspice and cinnamon?

eatme_delicious said...

Kelly: My boyfriend wasn't a huge fan of the allspice and cinnamon but I think it really works. I tried another version omitting those spices and adding herbs instead and we both preferred the original. Hope you like it! =)

Andrea said...

This is the recipe (with variations) that I turn to most often for seitan, except that I usually steam it. Haven't made any in a really long time and seeing your picture reminded me it's time to make seitan again.

Anonymous said...

Looks fantastic, going to make this tonight. Could you tell me how long this will keep sealed in the fridge please?


eatme_delicious said...

Anonymous: Hope you enjoy it! I wouldn't keep in the fridge more than a few days. You can slice up and freeze a bunch of it tonight if you don't think you'll eat it all.

notacritic said...

It's me, the last anonymous :) It was amazing! This was the first seitan I have made and I'm in love, I've already since tried making seitan sausages based on this recipe, but they were a complete disaster - I guess I needed to adjust the baking temp/length - they were rock solid on the outside and spongy in the middle. Possibly kneaded too much?

In the UK we have this amazing vegan jerk sauce called Reggae Reggae. I used that instead of steak sauce and it gave it an amazing Caribbean spicy twist.

Thank you so much for turning me on to seitan :)

eatme_delicious said...

notacritic: Yaey I'm so happy you enjoyed it. :) I really liked this bake seitan recipe too. I'm not sure why your sausages would be chewy on the inside - maybe they need to bake longer? I've definitely had chewy seitan when it's boiled which I think has to do with how violent the boiling is and how much you knead.

Anonymous said...

This looks delish, but I cannot have wheat. Lament! Do you know if there is any way to make this without VWG?

eatme_delicious said...

Anonymous: Sorry I don't know. I don't think there would be because it makes up such a huge portion of what seitan is. :(

Banto said...

I tried making boiled was alright but didn't look too appetizing. I'm gonna try this recipe for sure! =)

vegancourtney said...

pulled this out of the oven a little while ago, and boy is it good. Sure tastes and looks better than my last attempt with simmering my seitan. This will definitely be a go-to of mine.