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THINKANDEAT Posts: 126
7/10/11 2:38 P

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HI....I use a recipe similar to veganjaz.....

a couple of tips....
I use 1/2 c. nutritional yeast....I like the texture better...
I also cut the soy sauce back to 2 or 3 T.

It is VERY important that you use very cold water....for both the loaf and the simmer sauce.....DON'T HEAT it till you put the seitan in it...then cover and bring to a boil...and simmer for the hour. I turn my half way through too. I have played with the flavoring...using a splash of liquid smoke and more garlic and pepper for pastrami flavor....or use a chicken veggie flavor....! good luck...it can be sliced or cubed or ground when you are done!

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ok...great recipe and easy...

1 1/2 c. vital wheat gluten
1/2 c. nutritional yeast (sold at health food stores)..not regular yeast
1 c. very cold water, with veggie chicken flavoring
2 T. soy sauce
1 T. tomato paste
2 cloves garlic, pressed
dash of liquid smoke
1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning

Mix vital wheat flour and nutritional yeast together. Mix wet stuff and add to the flour mix.
Knead for a minute or two. Set aside.

Simmer broth:
10 c. very cold water, with veggie chicken cube flavoring
3 T. soy sauce

To cook:
Roll dough into log shape. Cut in half and place in cast iron skillet. (Make sure the broth is cold when you add it...)....then bring to boil and simmer for about an hour. I turn it over about half way through.

then its done! You can slice it like meat....or cube it or fry it or grind it up!
High protein...no carbs and tastes good. Enjoy..!

sometimes I play around with the flavoring too....more garlic...and so on...just keep liquids the same and I usually double it and freeze some...freezes wonderfully!

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I've made seitan twice. I'm not sure I'm making it correctly, cause it isn't that good. I think I'll look for different recipes for it.

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I've had seitan and have liked it a lot. But I've never made it from scratch. I think I'll try the recipe listed in this thread.

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11/22/10 9:46 P

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HI,
I like it best homemade too. I have made it the old way sifting through to get to the vital wheat gluten and now make it by just buying the vital wheat gluten. We do not ea much of it but it is good
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I love Seitan. I don't like the premade kind from WF at all, it tastes like dog food to me. Everytime I have had it at a restaurant though, it has been amazing. I finally got around to making it homemade for the first time last week. I have been putting off making it at home for quite sometime because it intimidated me, but I've already made it twice in a week. Now I am looking forward to trying other recipes, like seitan sausage, steamed seitan, baked seitan, etc.



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The only times I've had it, I've made it myself for a BBQ seitan sandwich with homemade BBQ sauce, homemade coleslaw, and the homemade seitan on a whole wheat bun. I, personally, wasn't a huge fan, but that was mainly because of the texture... and I, honestly, don't even know if that's just because I didn't cook it quite right. I have had absolutely no luck finding it in any stores near me, so I haven't had anything to compare it to.

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11/14/10 6:51 P

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I have tried making it myself with little success. But the packaged stuff I buy from Trader Joes is very good. It comes in "Beef" and "Chicken". I use a Korean Marinade to make "Beef" Noodles. emoticon

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I had some in a vegetarian restaurant in Fort Collins, Colorado. It was served with gravy and mash potatoes-and a fresh new-greens salad. It tasted like comfort food, something like mushrooms with texture. I've been looking for it here in Puerto Rico, but I couldn't find anything that looked tasty. Thanks for reminding me about this food. I think I'll go back on the hunt! emoticon

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I make my own, typically, I do ribz, chicken cutlets with mushroom gravy - I use lots of mushrooms, noosh, onion, no thickening and it thickens naturally, swiss steak, corned beefish, ham and red eye gravy. It is a great protein source. I do not do a lot of it, because I am trying to get this weight off, but there are lots of alternatives.



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I've actually just had some yesterday and today. I like it. I think it taste good but of course it all depends what you add with it. Last night I made some with brown rice, garlic, onions, basil, crushed red pepper, fennel seed, black pepper, and mushrooms.

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I've never tried -- I can't find it! I'm on a mission though, because I'm loving the Vegan with a Vengance recipes, and she's got some with seitan.

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I have tried it, liked it but I think it may have gone bad it stunk up my house for 2wks I am willing to try it again. emoticon

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My favorite style of seitan is Seitan Chorizo Crumbles. I make double batches of this to have around for quick breakfast burritos.

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Here is a personal recipe for Seitan if you cannot find it - it's SO EASY! Baking it is also awesome!

But what I do now-a-days is mix blended beans into the dry gluten flour to create a complete protein. emoticon

Also, in our Vegan Fitness & Nutrition group I've posted a whole list of vegan sources of protein (including Seitan) with calories, fibre, etc.

Easy 4 Step Seitan

Time: 1.5 Hr | Servings: 4 | Difficulty: Low


Ingredients

1 1/2 cups vital wheat gluten flour
1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
1 1/4 cup cold vegetable broth
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon Marmite or Vegemite
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
2 cloves garlic, pressed or grated on a microplane grater
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon tomato paste (optional)

10 cups water
2 vegetable bouillon cubes
1/4 cup soy sauce



Preparation

Okay - making seitan is as easy as 1-2-3-4.

1. In a large bowl, mix together gluten flour and nutritional yeast.

2. In a separate bowl, mix together veg broth, soy sauce, marmite, poultry seasoning, garlic, lemon zest and tomato paste, if using.

3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and combine, knead dough for about 3 minutes until a spongy, very elastic dough is formed. Allow to rest for 5 minutes.

4. Roll out seitan and cut into 4 pieces. This may be difficult - but using a sharp knife will be helpful! Add to a pot with water, soy sauce and bouillon cubes. Bring everything to a boil and turn down to a gentle simmer. Simmer for 1 hour , turning occasionally.

That's it! Enjoy in any recipe!


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My husband makes the Vegan Dad one but bakes it. He loves it, I can tolerate it. It's definitely the best I've had though.
I would love to try it as a pulled pork type recipe. Does anyone have the recipe for that?

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I love it! Haven't had enough patience to try to make it successfully. I've mixed it with BBQ sauce and even my hubby loved it. It's so versatile - you can do most anything with it.
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Ok, I admit, I had to trash all the boiled Seitan 'cutlets' that I've made a few days ago. I just couldn't get over the spongy texture!.. emoticon Baked in the oven for a deli-style Seitan I like it, but boiled.. never again. emoticon

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The only time I tried seitan was in a BBQ burrito from a local place. It was pretty good. I tend to have a problem with textures so it's all in how it's cooked for me. It can be pretty bland so it depends on how you cook it and what you cook it with. I hope you find something that is really good and you can share it with the rest of us!

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I have not tried seitan yet, but I have heard of it. Maybe I will try to make my own-I've been craving some veggie "meatballs" and seitan might make a good alternative.

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Oh I'm so glad to see this!!!
The only time I did Seitan is by Post Punk Kitchen, the baking one where it comes out like deli but I wanted to venture out so I tried the recipe on the Bob's Mill vital wheat gluten bag.. and honestly, the boiled version is quite.. not sure how to say it.. Not very desirable as it is, to say the least.
Now I've got tons of Seitan pieces and need to come up with ideas on what to do with all of them. Half of them I put in the freezer now and hopefully they'll stay good for a while, but the rest???
The other night I put some cut up in my noodle soup, hoping it might kinda replace the chicken, but the texture takes really a lot to get used to! My family refuses to eat it! emoticon emoticon

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The other day I tried the veganomicon "simple seitan" recipe but baked it instead of boiling it.. it came out great. I would probably add a little more liquid next time because it was a little drier than I like, but really firm and perfect for slcing thin, topping with BBQ sauce and daiya, popping it onto a roll and toasting in the oven.

Great- now I want one.

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Bakes seitan is really good. The Seitan o greatness recipe is similar to the pastrami, pepperoni, & salami recipes in Vegan Vittles. It never fails.

Boiled seitan, however, always fails in my hands. Dangit. I had some out about a month ago that was awesome. It was at Lamb's Bread Vegan Cafe in Columbia, SC, & was called BBQ steak & ribs. OMG. Best ever. The chik drumstix were really good, too.

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the Post Punk Kitchen has a baked seitan recipe that is amazing- so much better, IMO, than boiled. No "brain-like" texture. I will post a link if it isn't against spark site rules.. or you can google it- "ppk seitan o' greatness". It is so firm, you can slice it really thin to make reuebens and stuff. It is the best recipe I have tried..

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I've eaten Seitan in place of pork and beef, and I loved it, particularly in pulled pork sandwich recipes and spaghetti sacue. I'm looking forward to trying it in place of other meats.

My mom often has trouble when asking for it in stores or saying that we're having it for dinner. It's kind of funny how she tries to get around saying the actual name. (I'm sure that by now someone's pointed out how close seitan sounds to satan.)

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Thank you Alicia009. I haven't made or eaten Seitan for a long time but decided to use it again after reading about it in this forum. Your info about the Post Punk and Vegan Dad websites will help me get started again. I checked out the websites and they have lots of recipes and other information. Thanks again.

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I LOVE Seitan!

Last night I made the "OMG CHICKPEA NUGGETS" that someone mentioned that are half chickpea and half seitan. They are AMAZING ( I think it's the thyme that really makes them ;)

I also make it sometimes boiled (I let it cool/dry out before cooking with it though! or else it's kind of ...blah. I also bake it in the style of the "seitan o' greatness' log that you can get from post punk kitchen. THAT is amazing (I tweak the recipe a bit so it's more garlicy ;)

I like to use it in stir fries, and vegandad www.vegandad.blogspot.com has some great 'wing' recipes, lunchmeat recipes, tons of good stuff!

I make it myself, I've never had it premade so I can't comment.

Oh and today I'm having some "pulled pork" bbq seitan. YUM. :D

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Seitan is good- I like to use it in stir-fry recipes.

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I have. I love the stuff you buy in cans (mostly Worthington), but I haven't found exactly the right recipe for me yet. Most of it is too strongly flavored (10 different spices in an attempt to get it to taste like chicken), or tastes too strongly of nutritional yeast, or too salty or wrong texture...

I'm still looking for the *perfect* recipe.

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I have. I love the stuff you buy in cans (mostly Worthington), but I haven't found exactly the right recipe for me yet. Most of it is too strongly flavored (10 different spices in an attempt to get it to taste like chicken), or tastes too strongly of nutritional yeast, or too salty or wrong texture...

I'm still looking for the *perfect* recipe.

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I have. I love the stuff you buy in cans (mostly Worthington), but I haven't found exactly the right recipe for me yet. Most of it is too strongly flavored (10 different spices in an attempt to get it to taste like chicken), or tastes too strongly of nutritional yeast, or too salty or wrong texture...

I'm still looking for the *perfect* recipe.

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I have. I love the stuff you buy in cans (mostly Worthington), but I haven't found exactly the right recipe for me yet. Most of it is too strongly flavored (10 different spices in an attempt to get it to taste like chicken), or tastes too strongly of nutritional yeast, or too salty or wrong texture...

I'm still looking for the *perfect* recipe.

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I love seitan!

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thanks for all the info I am going to have to try this!

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mmm yes, I LOVE chicken-style seitan! My favorites are in stir-fries and with bbq sauce. Deeelish!

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Maybe it was the brand but I wasn't really all that impressed with seitan. I should try making it myself or try another brand and maybe that would make a difference.

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I haven't had any seitan since I first became a vegan 20 years ago. I made it from wheat flour until the health food stores start selling gluten flour. This made it much easier to make but there weren't as many tasty recipes as there seem to be now. I've been looking for another source of protein besides Tofu and Beans to add variety to my diet and seitan seems like a good choice.

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Anyone have a recipe for chicken style they really like?

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I want to learn how to make it too. I LOVE it - I eat lots of it every day. But I like the chicken style best.

I'll have to explore lots of recipes to make it, because I like the chicken-y style of it. (Yes, I'm one of those vegans who likes the tast of meat, so it comes in handy to have things like Veat or chicken style seitan.)

And I don't find it sticks to my ribs like glue - bread does, but wheat gluten does not.

I think it depends how it is made also - I've had it at a few restaurants and prepared different ways - some I really liked, some I didn't care for at all.

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We love seitan! I tend to make it when I want something really "meaty," like "Chicken Fried Seitan" or "Seitan Hot Wingz." I'm not so good about adding it to stir frys, etc. - I keep meaning to, but always find myself reaching for my old favorite, tofu, for that.

I usually make the one from La Dolce Vegan if I'm going to make wings, but there's a good one in Veg Family Kitchen, and the Chickpea Cutlets in V'con are half chickpea, half seitan - those are a family staple.

Oh, and Fat Free Vegan has a great recipe for "Orange Glazed Seitan" that's a quick dinner, as well.

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LOL. Praise Seitan...lol. My teenage kids always get a kick out of the way you pronounce seitan. They always play on the "satan" pun. You know, things like: "Ooooooh, we're eating Satan for dinner, do you think that will make us evil?"

I never even thought of making it from scratch. I think I'll try that!

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2/20/09 4:17 P

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I first had seitan in a vegetarian Thai restaurant in Canada and fell in love!

I've had a few different seitan products since then, both pre-made (I found an Etsy seller that makes delicious oven-fried "chicken", burgers, ribs, buffalo wings, etc) and made from a mix (saucy, spicy "ribs").

Seitan's probably my favorite faux meat. I even have a nice Praise Seitan sticker in the kitchen!

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2/20/09 11:05 A

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I've had it at Lotus Garden, the vegan chinese restaurant here in town. They have "golden delights" which are faux fried shrimp. I know, fried=not good for me, but I love them!

So, I've read through the posts, and saw the recipes. Do you think if I threw a bunch of nori in with the vegetable stock, they would end up with a "seafood/shrimpy" flavor? I do still love that flavor.

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2/7/09 3:19 P

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I love it, too. You can cook it up to be so many different things. There's a place not to far from where I live that does a vegan brunch on Sundays. One of the breakfasts that they do is waffles with fried "chicken" It's made with Seitan and I swear it's better than any fried chicken I had back in the day.

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2/6/09 8:25 P

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seitan is great! I love it--however it is wheat gluten which means that it sticks to the body like glue! fine to eat but once in awhile in moderation:)

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2/5/09 12:56 P

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Seitan is SO delicious! the cookbook, "Vegan with a Vengeance" has an AMAZING recipe. Somewhat high in sodium, but it is filled with nutrients and is low in fat. You can make a huge batch and freeze it, its lasts for 2 weeks, at least, if you live by yourself.

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2/4/09 3:02 P

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I love seitan. I make a batch every few weeks and freeze some down to use on burgers, pizza, in stir-frys and on sandwhiches.

I actually posted about it on my blog a while ago, and included a simple recipe:

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1/27/09 5:46 P

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There is a delicious recipe using seitan in the Vegan World Fusion Cuisine cookbook called King Janaka's Maple Glazed Seitan. It is soooo good.

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1/27/09 2:37 P

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Love it and make my own. Different recipes out there but I've stuck to the one on Veganomicon with great success. I have a couple of recipes in heavy rotation that require seitan, so I always try to have some handy. If you enjoy cooking, I recommend Veganomicon and the Candle Cafe Cookbook (the seitan piccata recipe alone is worth the cost).

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1/18/09 8:07 P

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For some reason seitan is a well-kept secret in the veg community. the first time i had it was at a restaurant in taos, new mexico, with mango chutney and it was DIVINE. since then, i have been a seitan lover and it makes a great meat replacement. i've seen a few good recipes in vegnews and vegetarian times mags - bbq seitan, seitan with mushrooms and red wine sauce, 'sloppy joes', ... there are a ton out there to try and experiment with! email for a recipe if you would like! emoticon

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1/15/09 7:29 A

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I've never had it before. I'm going to make some this weekend.

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