If you are a veggie eater who finds that cold weather leaves you yearning for something meatier, I recommend making your own seitan. Don't buy the store stuff, it's gross. It's pretty easy to make, and will save you a pretty penny vs the store-bought version. And your own home-made seitan, fresh from the oven, will definitely hit the spot.
There are hundreds of recipes out there and they are all pretty similar. Mine is an amalgam of different versions I've tried and liked. I like to make seitan loaves - they slice well for winter sandwiches, roasts and burgers.
I woke up yesterday morning knowing that this burger was just what my dreams were demanding (minus the sex) for dinner.
Seitan Burgers with Garlic Greens and Mushrooms
2 c vital wheat gluten
1/3 c nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup vegetable stock
1/4 Braggs liquid aminos (or soy sauce)
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 bakery rolls
4 tablespoons Vegenaise
3 cups kale, chopped
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
4 cloves garlic, diced
1/4 cup vegetable broth
1/2 tablespoon Braggs liquid aminos or soy sauce
Preheat oven to 350. In a food processor, pulse dry ingredients for seitan just until mixed. Mix wet seitan ingredients in separate bowl. With processor running, pour wet ingredients into dry and mix until dough forms a ball. Continue to mix for about 30 more seconds. Remove from processor and knead by hand for about 30 seconds. If you don't have a processor, you can mix it all by hand, just knead for about 3 minutes. Dough should be very elastic. Form dough into a loaf. Wrap tightly in greased foil and place in a baking dish. Bake until firm and risen, about 45 mins to an hour.Remove from oven and set aside to cool a bit.
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add mushrooms and garlic and cook until mushrooms are softened, about 3 minutes. Add kale, broth and Braggs. Saute until kale is fully wilted.
Spread 1/2 tablespoon Vegenaise on each roll half. Place 1/4 of kale mixture on bottom half of each roll. Place 2 1/2 inch slices of seitan on top of the kale mixture. Place top half of bun. Enjoy!!