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Seitan a.k.a Vegan Meat Replacement





Como estan familia? Today we are learning to make seitan! What is seitan you ask? Well, it's not the devil you may be thinking of, but it is a damn good meat replacement that is super versatile. Seitan is vegan meat that is made from vital wheat gluten–a protein that is derived from wheat. Essentially this process turns flour into a meat-like consistency... it's sorcery to be quite honest!


You can find vital wheat gluten online, in your local health food store, and even in the baking section of your local grocery store. I typically buy mine online for a better bang for my buck, but for those of you starting out, I'd recommend a smaller quantity to get your feet wet.


The best part about making this at home versus purchasing it already made is that you control how much or how little you want to make. Seitan triples in size when you boil it, which means you can make a large amount of this for very few dollars and store it in your freezer for months to come. Hence why I love making this at home. Typically at the grocery store, you can buy a pricey little package of seitan. When you make it at home: you control how much to make, what size or shapes to make, and can season it however you'd like. I will also admit that this process isn't the quickest, but it does come together quickly once you get the hang of it.


Last but not least, how the heck do you eat this you ask? That's the best part friends! You can leave this in a marinade overnight and slice it like deli meats. Or you can shape them into a steak size, sauté it after it's been boiled, and eat it with some A1 sauce. You can even shape into chicken wing pieces, bread them up, and fry to a golden crispy texture to enjoy with ranch. Literally, it is so versatile and once you get the hang of it you will be making this to your heart's content. So let's go ahead and get started!



Seitan Vegan Meat


INGREDIENTS:


Seitan

  • 4 cups Vital Wheat Gluten

  • 3/4 cup All-Purpose Flour

  • 3 tbsp Nutritional Yeast

  • 2 1/2 tbsp Garlic Powder

  • 2 1/2 tbsp Onion Powder

  • 1 tbsp Sazón

  • Other seasonings desired

  • 1/2 tbsp Salt

  • 1 tbsp Pepper

  • 2 1/3 cups warm water

  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce




Boiling Broth

  • 2 cups Water

  • 2 cups Vegetable Broth

  • 1 vegan Bouillon Cube

  • 2-3 Celery Stalks

  • 2-3 Large Carrots

  • handful of Garlic

Instructions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients for seitan. Here is where you can add any additional seasonings you desire.

  2. Combine water & soy sauce with dry ingredients and mix together until the dough starts to form. Utilizing your hands or dough hook continue to knead the dough until ball forms and the mixture doesn't stick to the sides of the bowl anymore. Let rest for a few minutes and then knead for 10-15 minutes more. This helps the gluten activate and create a "meatier" consistency within the seitan. Cover with a dish-towel to set aside at room temperature and allow to rest for 15 minutes.

  3. In a large pot add in all of your broth ingredients and bring to a boil on high heat. Once 15 minutes have passed knead seitan to activate gluten again. You can now cut and form your seitan into your desired pieces and size (Remember that seitan triples in size so make your pieces smaller than you think).

  4. Place pieces in the pot, cover with a lid and cook in broth on medium heat for 1.5 hours. Keeping an eye on the seitan every 20 mins to stir around and ensure that all pieces are cooking in broth equally.

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