Vegan Steak?

I have been a vegan for almost eight years and never tried cooking with vital wheat gluten (aka seitan). The first video I saw on how to prepare seitan was by one of those apocalypse-type, bomb bunker guys that swore seitan was the food of the Last Days.

Most of the videos back then saw seitan as more of a survival-kit type of meal and not something to be eaten regularly. And the results of their cooking showed it. Not to be crass, but many of the seitan meals looked like slop.

And honestly, my brushes with seitan had been less than….glowing, having grown up in a denomination that encouraged vegetarianism. It was chewy, tough and had a slightly bitter taste.

Needless to say, when I saw two videos on making vegan steak with seitan this week, I was a bit skeptical about how it would taste. But with a little TLC and some additions, I think I got it down pat.

vegan steak

vegan steak seitan

 

Looks pretty good huh?

 

Ingredients 

Vegan Steak:

  • 1 cup Vital Wheat Gluten
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp ketchup
  • 1/2 can of navy beans
  • 1/2 cup of Vegetable Stock

Cooking Broth:

  • 2 cups of vegetable stock
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 cups (500ml) water
  • 1 tbsp of soy sauce)

Marinade:

  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

Frying:

  • 1-2 tbsp safflower oil for cooking
  • 1/2 teaspoon of browning

 

Directions

  • In a mixing bowl, combine wheat gluten, garlic powder, smoked salt, paprika, ketchup and tablespoon of soy sauce. Add the mashed navy beans and mix well with clean hands.
  • Make a well in the bowl and add the 1/2 cup of vegetable stock. Continue to mix well with your hands until mixture forms a ball. Add more vegetable stock if needed.
  • Knead the dough for about five minutes until it forms a smooth ball.
  • In a pot, add two cups of the vegetable stock, the chopped onion, garlic, water and soy sauce. Bring the pot to a simmer.
  • Separate steak mixture into four or five pieces. Flattened the pieces on both sides using your hands or a potato masher, until they form burger-like shapes.
  • Drop the steak burgers into the simmering pan and let simmer for 30-40 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, garlic powder, and smoked paprika to make the marinade. Cut the cooked steak burgers in half and knead the pieces into the marinade.
  • In a frying pan, heat safflower oil and browning on low heat. Add steak pieces and brown on both sides (about five minutes).

 

Enjoy!

 

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