A couple months ago I bought a box of seitan quick mix from Cosmo’s. My thinking was that since I had no idea how to make it, I would get this easy “throw it together” mix to see if I even liked seitan before diving in too making my own (at that time I thought seitan production was a hideous, long-term process).
It was terrible, gross, and worst of all, bland. It definitely put me off seitan for awhile. After all, I’d never had it before and for all I knew all seitan tasted like floury eraser.
Recently, after seeing post after post on blogs and vegan sites pictures of seitan that actually looked like it might really be food, I decided that I would once again venture into the experiment.
Because of my girl-crush on Isa Chandra Moskowitz, I used the seitan recipe from Vegan with a Vengence. So I started the cooking process. After making the wheat-meat, it is supposed to be brought to a boil in broth (yep, those are bouillon cubes you see) and then simmered for an hour.
After the hour is up, you let it rest for 30 minutes. What did I take the lid off too?
Floating turd seitan. My boyfriend’s boyish humor would be so satisfied. :p
Ok, that might have been crude.
Then I tasted some.
Now, most of the time when people make seitan like I did above it’s to be used in a future recipe. But I was dying to taste it because it actually smelled pretty good. So I just had a chunk with some leftover pasta for lunch. And let me tell you – it was damn good. I immediately regretted ever trusting a boxed seitan product as such a poor introduction to such an incredible food.
For dinner I tried another of Isa’s recipes from the same cookbook, the Jerk Seitan. Instead of marinating it for just an hour as the recipe specified, I marinated mine for almost four. I wasn’t too hopeful at first because I wasn’t liking the way the marinade smelled. However, there’s a burrito place close to me that serves jerk tofu and I love the seasonings, so I kept on with the recipe.
Here’s it being fried up with a thawed pepper-onion mix:
I served it with Mahatma saffron rice (which for some reason stuck to the bottom of my pan – it’s never done that before).
I ate way, way too much because it was so delicious. I ended up eating this whole bowl, which was all the seitan (maybe 1 1/2 cups), plus most of the rice.
I’m so proud of myself for successfully making seitan. I see much more worshiping in the near future. 🙂