Seitan

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Seitan is a fantastic meat alternative. Made from protein-rich wheat gluten, it is both tasty and nutritious. You can do just about anything with seitan from sandwiches to stir fries and this recipe is the best I have ever made. 

If you’re concerned about heating up plastic wrap, you can skip this step, it is mainly to help the seitan keep its shape.

    

Ingredients

2 cups vital wheat gluten 250 g *you might have to add a little more depending on the brand
1/2 cup chickpea / garbanzo bean flour 50 g
1/2 cup nutritional yeast 30 g
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon ketchup
2 tablespoons vegan worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup soy sauce 125 mL
1 1/2 cups hot water 375 mL
4 cups vegetable broth 1 L

Directions

1
In a large bowl, combine vital wheat gluten, chickpea flour, nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, dried basil, and onion powder. Set aside.
2
In another bowl, whisk together ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and 1 ½ cups (375 mL) hot water.
3
Add wet mixture to dry ingredients and stir until mixture has a dough-like consistency.
4
Knead for 2 to 3 minutes, adding more vital gluten wheat if dough is very sticky.
5
Roll in plastic wrap and tie a knot at each end, leaving 1 inch (2 cm) at both ends to allow dough to expand.
6
Bring vegetable broth to a boil in a large pot.
7
Carefully place plastic-wrapped seitan in boiling broth. Cover, return to a boil and reduce heat to low.
8
Continue simmering until firm, turning seitan occasionally, about 1 hour.
9
Remove from heat and let seitan cool 15 minutes in broth.
10
Cut off knots at either end and remove plastic wrapping. Slice seitan before serving.