Seitan is gluten protein from wheat, often known as “wheat meat” or “wheat gluten”. The texture of cooked seitan is very similar to that of meat, thus making it a popular meat substitute. If you look in ingredient list, you will find seitan in many of your favorite mock meat dishes.
Last October Jimmy and I tried our hand at making seitan sausage from a 5lb bag of white flour. Here’s how it went!
We began by adding water to the flour in a large bowl and working it into good dough.
We continued to add water and flour until we felt that we had a good dough: not too dry, not too soggy.
Next, it was time to fill the bowl with water and let the dough ball soak. This is to allow the starch and the gluten to separate.
Success! Once we started handling the dough, the starch quickly began to rinse out, leaving just gluten behind. Continue to rinse the starch away under running water, until you have only gluten left.
Next, we added in seasoning to give the seitan a sausage sort of flavor. The sausage ingredients list was from the link , and included; fennel seeds, basil, marjoram, red peppers, sage, garlic powder, yeast, soya sauce, olive oil, worstershire sauce etc.
After mixing everything, we split the seitan into quarters and baked as 3 “sausages” wrapped in tin foil (2 1/4lb, and 1 1/2lb sausages). Delicious! Approximately 5lbs of flour yielded 1lb of seitan. The sausage also freezes well, so you don’t need to worry about it going bad before you can finish it all.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos of the finished seitan sausage — they were finished before I could take any, and were a hit at several holiday parties!
Don’t be fooled by the photos. This was a 4+ hour project, and left the kitchen covered in flour! Despite the work involved, it’s a great way to learn about flour and gluten while making dinner that will last a while.
One more thing! This was not quite entirely vegetarian. Standard Worcestershire sauce apparently contains a very small amount of anchovies.
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