Lime-Walnut Seitan

June 18, 2008 at 11:02 am | Posted in Vegan Recipes | 2 Comments
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For lunch, I love eating sandwiches. It’s so convenient to fix a quick sandwich in the morning, to have ready for lunch. But, I get tired of PB&J, and although I enjoy some of the vegan deli slices that are available (like Tofurkey brand slices), I get irritated that they are so expensive– they’re often more expensive than comparable meat slices. So, I decided to try to make my own seitan to use for sandwiches.

I found a recipe online for a vegan mock bologna, which involved mixing wheat gluten flour with a tofu-tomato-paste mixture (with other ingredients), and baking it. I was intrigued, and wanted to try the recipe, but I didn’t have all of the ingredients. I ended up completely changing the recipe (although I still modeled the preparation method after the original recipe), and ended up with a Lime-Walnut Seitan (somewhat reminiscent of turkey, I think). I think it turned out great!

Lime-Walnut Seitan

  • 1 1/2 cups vital wheat gluten flour
  • 1/3 cup ground chickpea flour
  • 5 oz. firm tofu
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. tahini
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 2 1/2 tsp. lime juice (I used bottled lime juice, but fresh would be good too)
  • 1/8 tsp. cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. sage
  • 1/4 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. Spike vegetable seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt

Mix the flours together in a bowl and set aside. In a blender, puree the remaining ingredients until smooth. Pour the wet ingredients into the flour, and mix well, kneading until it has a smooth texture. Cover with a towel and let it sit for one hour.

Preheat the oven to 375. Knead the gluten again, and place in a baking dish. (I used a round casserole baking dish.) Press down so it fills all the sides of the dish. Mix the following ingredients, and pour over the gluten. (If you have extra liquid that won’t fit in the casserole dish, keep it in the refrigerator to pour over the gluten as it absorbs the liquid while cooking.)

  • 1 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 1/2 tsp. lime juice
  • generous dashes of sage, dill, garlic powder, and cracked black pepper

Place the casserole dish in the oven, with a tray underneath to catch any liquid that spills over. Lower the temperature to 250 and bake for 3 1/2 hours. Throughout the cooking time, spoon some of the liquid back over the top of the seitan. Towards the end of the cooking time, I noticed that the top of the seitan roast was developing a nice dry texture, while the sides were gooey from being pressed to the sides of the casserole dish and immersed in liquid. So, for the last 45 minutes, I removed the seitan from the small casserole dish, placed it in a larger one, and raised the temperature to 350 to try to make the sides of the roast have the same texture as the top. I think this worked– the outside has a nice texture, while the inside wasn’t too dry.

Here’s a slice of the seitan, lightly fried and served with channa masala and wild rice (I used Vegandad’s recipe):

And here is the seitan in a sandwich (with vegan mayonnaise):

Although this recipe was time-consuming, I think it was worth it; now I have sandwich fillings for several days! And there are endless possibilities for how you could use this besides sandwiches– in stir-fries, in salads, in soups…

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