Updated: Sep 4, 2019
Carrying on with the Christmas theme of some of my previous blog posts, and by popular demand I have decided to share with you all my easy Seitan recipe! I have also just released a video on my Channel where I show you how I make this along with what I eat for Christmas dinner.
Whether this is your first Christmas as a vegan, or if you just never got around to trying out any other Seitan recipes, take this as an opportunity to practice making this tasty, faux meat loaf that will surprise all of your vegan and non vegan pals!
So here is my easy Seitan loaf recipe. I hope you find it helpful, Enjoy!
Prep time : 15 mins
Cook time : 1 hour
What you'll need
500g of Vital Wheat Gluten - https://amzn.to/2RmGA7V *
4-5 tbsp of Nutritional Yeast
1 tsp dried thyme
1tsp dried parsley
1tsp garlic granules
2-3 vegetable stock cubes
Salt and Pepper
1litre boiled water
1 tbsp soy sauce
1tbsp olive or avocado oil
1-2 tsp liquid smoke - or some smokey seasoning (I like Nandos BBQ)
How to make it
Firstly boil the water in a kettle, pour into measuring jug and add 1 of the stock cubes, stir and leave to cool (you can add cold water to speed the cooling process)
Whilst the stock is cooling down, add all dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir with a fork until everything is mixed evenly.
If you want to intensify the flavours and don't mind a little extra salt you can add another stock cube to the dry mixture at this point, I always do this.
Now the stock has fully cooled, you can start adding the wet
ingredients to the mix.
Firstly add the oil, soy sauce and liquid smoke followed by the stock, stirring as you pour. Add this little by little as you don't want to put too much into the mix and end up with a dough that's too wet.
The mixture should be not too wet but not too dry. If it's too wet the Seitan will be very soft and squidgy, if it's too dry the Seitan will be too tough and hard to cut.
Once you are happy with your dough mixture, start to knead. Do this for about 5-10 minutes until the dough is fibrous, and firm. You can add a little more gluten flour at this point if you feel the dough is too wet, just a tablespoon should do.
Finally, mold the dough into a large, thick sausage shape and wrap in cling film (that’s safe to boil or use none) tying at each end but allowing enough room for the dough to expand, put the rest of your stock into a pan to boil, once it's reached boiling point add your dough and flip every 15 minutes, cooking for an hour or until all water has evaporated.
Remove from the cling film, set aside to cool. You can slice and serve it right away or keep it in the fridge and fry it later on!
Seitan is such a versatile, easy to make & budget friendly faux meat. If you're someone who loves to buy mock beef or chicken you will really enjoy playing around with the different herbs and spices you add to your dough to recreate those flavours you may miss.
If you're thinking about making this part of your Christmas Meal, I recommend cooking a batch on the day as by leaving it in the fridge and reheating it you are risking it becoming quite tough if not heated correctly.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe, don't forget to watch me making this exact Seitan Loaf over on my channel and share this with your pals to show them they too can have a tasty, meat free Christmas!
Speak to you soon x
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