Seitan: The Meatiest Non-Meat

I was first introduced to the idea of Seitan, or Wheat Gluten, while I was visiting my friend Ben in Germany last year. As a vegetarian, Ben was fascinated with trying new meat substitutes, and he described Seitan as one as the ‘meatiest’ one you can make. It can be vegan friendly, and the flavours can be classic or very experimental. For my first loaf I decided to follow my motto and go simple and easy.

I started off by buying a 22 ounce or 600ish gram bag of Bob Red Mill Vital Wheat Gluten. You can probably get it at a health food store, and should only be 8 bucks. Not bad for the amount of protein you will get in the end.

In a pretty big bowl, start by emptying the bag of Vital Wheat Gluten.

I then added 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast to give it some flavour.

3 cloves of garlic, smashed and chopped finely.

1 large handful of chopped parsley.

1 tbs of salt.

1 onion diced up

I than made a sauce out of:

2 tbs of worchestshire sauce.
2 tsp of ground chipotle pepper.
2 tsp of honey, or you can make it vegan with maple syrup.
2 cups of water.

Mix it all up and start to knead the dough for 3 minutes. It will be super stretchy and have a strange texture.  I found that most of the onion got ‘rejected’ from the dough, but that was fine because I used the onions to bake the dough. You might need to add a bit of water, but don’t add too much as it’s supposed to be a firm dough.

Once you have kneaded it, form it into a ball and stretch it out a bit to form a loaf like structure. Place the loaf on some tinfoil, and add the onions pieces that fell off.

Wrap the dough in the tinfoil and throw it into a hot oven, 350 F, for 90 minutes.
Once it is done baking, you have a huge amount of protein which can be used in a variety of ways. I would suggest cutting it in half and freezing half of it because its pretty hard to eat it all at once.

The first thing that I did was:

Slice it up into small finger sized pieces.
Fry for a couple minutes in butter.
Throw into a toaster oven and toast for 10 minutes to get crispy.
Coated in wing sauce and ate them up.

I have also used it in a pasta sauce instead of meat and am interested in trying it with some different spices in a different style. When you try this out make sure to post us what spices you used and how it worked out!

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