Looks like the real thing huh? (But without the grease, calories, and oh a lamb didn’t die).
If you have never tried seitan, this may be the dish for you. It is really easy to make and very inexpensive. Vital wheat gluten (the main ingredient) runs about $3.99/ lb around here. I used 3 cups for this recipe (because I doubled it). The mostly veg husband likes it because seitan offers the same amount of protein as a beef filet- ounce for ounce. Also, seitan is nearly fat-free, with only 2 grams of fat per 4-ounce serving and almost no saturated fat. Like all plant-based foods, seitan has zero cholesterol content. Another bonus? My kids eat it!
I started with a basic seitan “log” but added insane amounts of Greek seasoning:
1 ½ cups vital wheat gluten
¼ cup nutritional yeast
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 -2 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
¾ cup water or beef flavored veg. broth
4 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon tamari
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3-4 heaping tablespoons of McCormick Greek Seasoning
Preheat oven to 325°. In a large mixing bowl mix dry ingredients. Mix the rest of the ingredients (liquid ingredients) in a smaller mixing bowl. Whisk well until mixed. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix well, then knead for a minute or two. it doesn’t need long. Form into a log (6-8″ long), wrap tightly in foil, twisting ends. Bake for 90 minutes. When done baking, unwrap and leave out to cool all the way. Then wrap it foil or plastic and refrigerate. Slice to use as desired. Serves 6.
I made a Tzatziki type sauce out of a peeled and slice englished cucumber, plain yougurt, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, and a dash of garlic powder. Served on a pita. The only thing missing was red onion slices. That would have made for a perfect mock gyro.
Stay tuned this week. I am trying out a few new dishes. I am still on the fence about St. Paddy’s Day though……….we need to have more than Jameson Irish Whiskey shots.