Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Lacheis' Seitan O'Greatness

This friendly blob is the making of Lacheis' Seitan O' Greatness (half batch). This was the easiest, tastiest seitan I've yet to make - full of spice and in this case, a bit of smoke as well. The recipe is located on the ppk forums.
For mine, some of the changes I made were to add a lot of freshly ground black pepper, and Trader Joe's savory pepper mix, subbed organic tamari for the vegetarian worcestershire sauce, decreased the cumin and added maybe 1/8 teas. liquid smoke.

There's no bathing in broth involed - you simply wrap in foil and bake away. I think I cleaned the kitchen and watched the third X-Men film banging my head into a wall while this baked.
The marks are from my oven racks, but seriously, once cooked, this HAS the consistency of a Tofurkey sausage. I actually liked it.

Voila. The seitan appears pan-fried in a recipe I'm working on for my upcoming veg column in Perpetual Toxins - Asparagus, Almond and Basil Fried Rice. Up next, sliced on pizza? I can't even remember eating pepperoni when I was little..so we'll see.

24 comments:

Urban Vegan said...

sietan that you bake? what a concept. i'm SO there.

Chris said...

I see great minds think alike ;-) My latest post was inspired by that very same recipe. I'm totally into this whole baked seitan concept.

Berrykat said...

what a cool idea I gotts to try this :)

Taylor said...

I'm bookmarking that recipe and getting to it (and my other bookmarked seitan recipe) soon!

Carrie™ said...

Jess, everytime I come to visit you, I find such mouthwatering pictures, I just keep scrolling up and down, up and down, looking at all the beautiful dishes you make. Would you mind terribly if I crashed at your place for a year or so? :o)
I've been trying out different seitan recipes to see which one I like the best (both for flavour and texture) but this is the first time I've come across a baked one! Is it like and Italian sausage kinda flavour? Pepperoni was mentioned, so I'm wondering. I guess you could play around with the seasonings to get the taste you wanted. I'm really going to try this!

Don't Get Mad Get Vegan! said...

i so wanna try this and pull myself outta the LDV chicken style seitan rut we've been in lately.

granted, a very delicious seitan rut, but still....

;)
everything looks so good!

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

I really prefer baked seitan to boiled, it's much denser. Actually, I can't think of ever having/making boiled seitan that I would want to eat.
I highly recommend trying it you guys, at least for the simple facts of how easy and versatile it is, Carrie in particular! I really have no idea if it really tastes like pepperoni, but the flavors can certainly be changed to your liking. It definitely can be sliced like it though.

Kati said...

Now THAT looks like some good seitan. I'm definitely trying the baking method next time as opposed to boiling.

'River' said...

This recipe is a must try - I've never heard of baking seitan (I always braise it in a closed casserole in the oven), but I'm going to try this
way for sure. Thank you so much - I have already
seen a version of this lovely recipe (borrowed by a friend) elsewhere, and it was roundly praised!!!

I love your blog - one of my first visits here - nice work!!!!

Love, 'River'

erica said...

You're so punk!!!!

sarchan said...

Everyone seems to love this seitan. I really like your idea of putting it on pizza, I think that would be awesome.

I'll also be trying your General Tso's sometime in the near future. I used the vegweb recipe, and liked it alright, but I really didn't make enough sauce for me. Your's looks amazing. Nice post, as always.

Danielle said...

I just need recipes for the seitan after I've made it.

julie hasson said...

Hi Jess!

Are you coming to the cooking class tomorrow night?

Your seitan looks great! I made a batch of the baked seitan, but I started tinkering with the recipe, and I think it came out a bit dry. Was your seitan dry or moist? I still really like it and will make it again. It was great thinly sliced and pan fried like the faux bacon from Light Life (well not exactly the same but sort of similar).

KleoPatra said...

Now i think i can get on board with making seitan. I've been intimidated far too long. Of course you make making delish things look easy, Jess. But i feel inspired with your post here. I love that you used some aluminum (or is it tin!?) foil to make seitan. i'm so excited!!

THANK YOU!!! :o)

*hugs Jess*

Melody said...

I love the baking method.. it was one of the first things I tried when I got Vegan Vittles several years ago.. of course, I added tons of spices to their recipe... I'll have to check out the recipe here..
I'm not a fan of boiled seitan either.

Linda said...

ok - thank goodness you've posted this. ive been dying to make my own seitan lately but am so intimidated by all the lengthy steps. this looks easy enough.

Emmy said...

Baked seitan is such a great idea. I can't believe I've never made it that way before. That fried rice looks super tasty :)

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Thanks guys!

I also recommend this baked chicken style seitan recipe, though it's completed different from the one in this post: http://www.bobbymcr.com/main/food/recipes/ChickenStyleSeitan.xml
(as well as the ones I'm testing for joanna and the ppk, be ready!)

Julie - I think you're talking about the Bob's Red Mill cooking class? I had thought about it, but now I'm sick so it's out of the question. Let me know how it goes, though!

Kleo- Yup, it's just simple tin foil. I'm thinking about wrapping it in a double layer next time, since a little bit opened near one of my ends, but it was no real problem. Enjoy!

Emmy - Thanks for visiting!

Linda, Kleo, Kati, berrykat, Urban , Melody and sarchan - all those thinking of making it- I'm curious to see how you like it and use it, or any flavor changes you make~

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Hmm I think my link appears to be cut off, here's it posted elsewhere:
http://community.livejournal.com/
vegancooking/952719.html

Vivacious Vegan said...

Jess, I just want to throw my arms around you and give you a HUGE hug. Thanks for sharing this link. I made a batch of it and can vouch - it is definitely Seitan O'Greatness. It is hands down the best homemade seitan I have ever tried. I used your substitution methods. Unfortunately, now I want to make up a whole bunch more just so I can experiment with different flavors. Tonight we're going to eat it in fajitas.

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Vivacious that is awesome!! I keep thinking about making a sundried tomato and basil version.

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