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. 🙂
February 25, 2010 at 6:47 pm
Thanks for visiting my blog……sorry it took me so long to get back to you….Life took off with out me again……. Seitan scares the hell outta me…lol sorry, I could not resist….
I have made it, and I was happy with the results, but there for awhile while it cooked it was so gross looking..My husband hates it with a passion, but he is a meat eater….I just tried some chicken flavored seitan from westsoy and it was really quite good. Have you tried Isa’s Chickpea cutlets yet?? I keep hearing they are to die for, I think I will make some this saturday!!!
I really like your blog!!!! I hope that we will visit each other more often!!!
March 3, 2010 at 11:18 am
I love her chickpea cutlets! In fact, I like to make them for freezing so I can have a quick, delicious dinner when I don’t have time to cook! Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂
March 1, 2010 at 1:56 pm
try the sausage seitan recipe! You can’t fail!
March 2, 2010 at 8:53 pm
oh this looks *awesome*. Seriously, seriously shovelling into mouth awesome. I can’t remember the last time I had seitan and I am a fan. ^.^
March 5, 2010 at 1:44 pm
I love vegetarian times. I subscribe to both VT and vegnews but I prefer VT. It has lots of vegan recipes.