Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Seitan Roast – Celebrate your Holidays with Seitan

Seitan Roast – Celebrate your Holidays with Seitan

I love this roast for holiday events. With Easter coming up, I wanted to share it with you. This is a great one for mixed company. Meat eaters completely enjoy it. Sadly, not for the Gluten Free guests though.

All Hail Seitan!

Seitan roast - vegan

For the Seitan:
10 oz Firm tofu
1 cup water
3 Tbl oil
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic gradual/powder
1 tsp sage
2 Tbl soy sauce
1 Tbl Braggs liquid amino (or ½ Tbl more soy sauce)
2 Tbl Nutritional yeast (big flake, not fine powder)
2 tsp Kitchen Bouquet
2 and 1/4 cup vital wheat gluten

For the Stuffing:
.5 cup mixed wild rice
1 cups water
1 “chicken” flavor bouillon cube
1 sprig fresh Rosemary, finely chopped
¼ cup pine nuts (raw or toasted – I usually use raw)
Salt and pepper to taste

You will also need:
A steamer tray or stove top steamer (available for super cheap at any Asian grocery store)
Tin foil
Spray cooking oil

Start the stuffing first – In a pan or rice cooker, add rice, water, bouillon cube and rosemary – Cook rice following standard cooking method – Once rice is done, add pine nuts, salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

Get your steamer going.

In a medium bowl, add the vital wheat gluten. In a blender (blender is preferable, but food processor will also work), combine everything on the “For the Seitan” list except the vital wheat gluten.  Pour mixture into the bowl with the vital wheat gluten and stir. Once the mixture has combined a little, get your hands in there and knead it a bunch. You want to activate the gluten so that it pulls against itself a bit and creates thick strands (about 3-4 minutes of kneading).

Lay out 2 large pieces of tinfoil in a cross pattern and spray with cooking oil.

Create a flat layer of the gluten mixture in the center of the tinfoil cross. To do this, I usually pull off small pieces and lay them side-by-side and then flatten them all together (since gluten can be difficult to roll out or flatten like pizza dough) – the small pieces will form together as it is cooking.

In the center of your flattened gluten, make a pile of the rice mixture. Roll the gluten around the rice mixture like a burrito. Pinch the ends together so that the rice is entirely encased. Use the foil wrapping to hold it all together tightly.

Place in the steamer and steam for 1 hour. Check on the water occasionally to make sure your steamer doesn't boil dry. 15 minutes before the steaming is complete, turn the oven to 350 degrees. When the steaming is complete, put the foil wrapped goodness into the oven for 45 minutes.

Optional, you can roast vegetables in the oven with the roast (in a separate pan) so they are ready when the roast is!

When oven time is complete, serve sliced with your festive meal :D

Vegan holiday meal