Some foods just fascinate me and the more stranger they appear the more intrigued I become. After seeing seitan recipes on a few blogs and desperately wanting to make it I finally got round to ordering some vital wheat gluten from iHerb which is the main ingredient.
I don’t know why it took me so long to try and make my own seitan because I absolutely love it. I adapted two recipes this one and this one which I thought were really good and then combined the two.
Ingredients (makes one huge roll)
2 cups vital wheat gluten
1 cup gram flour
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
2 tsp mixed dried herbs
1 tsp of cumin
pinch of salt
pinch of ground black pepper
1.5 cups of vegetable stock
1 tbsp soy sauce
To make the seitan roll first combine the vital wheat gluten, gram flour, dried herbs, nutritional yeast, cumin, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix through until everything is evenly spread. Next make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the vegetable stock and soy sauce.
Combine both the wet and dry ingredients to make a dough and then place on a tray that is lined with foil. Mould the dough in to a log/sausage shape and wrap the foil around it, twisting the ends to seal the dough inside.
Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes at gas mark 5/345 degrees until it is golden brown on the outside.
I didn’t really know what to expect from this as it really was a new food to me and I was quite nervous when it was cooking. A lot of watching the oven door and pacing up and down the kitchen occurred whilst it was baking, but I am happy to say that it was a complete success. The outside forms a wonderful crust and the inside is really soft.
I love to eat mine as an alternative to meat with roasted veggies and gravy. It would also be great on top of salads or in wraps too.
Have you tried seitan before? What did you think?
Have you baked something that is really different before and it turned out surprisingly well?