Thursday, April 19, 2012

Vegan Sausage and Pepperoni


Vegan Loaf x 2
This is one of th easiest Seitan items to make so grab your ingredients.
Pepperoni Style
and
Sage-Rosemary-Thyme -Fennel Style

This style recipe has been an like open source recipe on the web for awhile.

In making Seitan items the more Vital Gluten and less other ingredients
the chewier, more dense it will be.
Density/texture is also added by kneading.
Less Vital Gluten you use per other ingredients, such as Tomato paste,
Tahini,Beans and such the less dense and flexible for forming.
Less dense Seitan is able to absorb more spices and flavorings.
Dense Seitan needs marinating + lots of dry spices in the recipe
Experiment and don't expect every single batch to be perfect.
That why I purchase Vital Gluten by the 25lb Bag at Whole Foods.

PREHEAT OVEN TO 300
Prepare a 12' length of foil , lightly sprayed, set aside.

Seitan Pepi-Roni

In a bowl blend dry ingredients:
1 1/4 Vital Gluten
2 Heaping TBSP Nutritional Yeast
2 tsp Mustard Seed
2 tsp Toasted Whole Fennel Seed
(toast in a dry hot skillet until lightly browned)
2 tsp Paprika
2 Tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp Garlic Powder + 1 crushed Clove
1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
1 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Cardamom

WET: in a Food processor bowl-S Blade
2/3 C Water,room temp
2 TBSP Cashew Butter or Tahini
3 TBSP Tomato Paste or Ketchup
+I replaced this with Smoked Tomatoes just plucked form the smoker.
1 tsp Liquid Smoke or Dark Aged Soy Sauce
Hefty Splash of Red Wine Vinegar or Balsamic
1/2 tsp Maple Syrup or Raw Agave

PROCESS Wet ingredients to blend .
Add entire bowl of dry ingredients, process just to blend 5-6 twirls.

Remove from blender bowl and form a 2 inch thick length, around 8"in length.
Roll foil around but not squeezing.
Twist ends firmly closed.
Bake at 300, turning twice for
ONE HOUR AND 15 MINUTES.
Remove from foil pronto.
Allow to cool prior to slicing.

Optional: Brush log with mixture of Balsamic Vinegar + a little Agave.
Brush entire log, pat on a layer of cracked pepper or some sort of 'steak' rub.
Place in foil and bake.

The Seitan pepperoni style made for a great pizza topping
besides snacking with Dijon on Crostini or a sandwich on good rye.

Added to regular pizza dough flour:
Whole Fennel Seed, Onion Powder and a dash of Cayenne
Other times I have added a TBSP of Nutritional Yeast and even
Mexican Style Pizza I add fine diced Jalepeno Peppers to Pizza Dough.

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