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Wed Jul 20, 2016, 02:15 PM

Fake beef - it's what's for dinner! (pic heavy)

Making homemade 'beef' seitan for dinner. The photos show the process, and the end result - a teriyaki stir-fry with orzo.


Some vital wheat gluten, nutritional yeast, assorted spices and water. Knead it for a while and you get this.


Cutting it into decent sized chunks. It expands quite a bit.


Placing the chunks into the boiling broth. The broth is water, molasses, and Bragg's Liquid Aminos (similar to soy sauce).


This is about 30 minutes into the process (I cook it in the broth for an hour). You can see how the chunks have expanded.


What it looks like after an hour.


I like dehydrating them. It gives them a great texture and color.


Tonight's dinner is teriyaki stir-fry with orzo. The seitan looks and tastes great.

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Reply Fake beef - it's what's for dinner! (pic heavy) (Original post)
qnr Jul 2016 OP
rug Jul 2016 #1
qnr Jul 2016 #2
rug Jul 2016 #3
qnr Jul 2016 #4
Orrex Jul 2016 #5
qnr Jul 2016 #7
OriginalGeek Jul 2016 #14
qnr Jul 2016 #15
Citrus Jul 2016 #6
qnr Jul 2016 #8
Heddi Jul 2016 #9
qnr Jul 2016 #10
qnr Jul 2016 #11
Heddi Jul 2016 #16
qnr Jul 2016 #19
JustABozoOnThisBus Jul 2016 #12
qnr Jul 2016 #13
Codeine Jul 2016 #17
qnr Jul 2016 #18

Response to qnr (Original post)

Wed Jul 20, 2016, 02:33 PM

1. Looks very tasty. Is it?

 

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Response to rug (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 20, 2016, 02:43 PM

2. Very tasty indeed. You can flavor up the seitan as much

as you like, or you can keep it mellow and allow it to soak up the flavors of the meal that it is being served with.

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Response to qnr (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 20, 2016, 05:00 PM

3. Thanks. My daughters are vegetarian. Maybe I'll make them some.

 

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Response to rug (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 20, 2016, 05:15 PM

4. Awesome. That's the great thing about seitan, it can be made so many

different ways. For example, if I wrap it in aluminum foil and steam it, it comes out very dense and easy to slice.

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Response to qnr (Original post)

Thu Jul 21, 2016, 09:38 AM

5. You've sold your soul to seitan?

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Response to Orrex (Reply #5)

Thu Jul 21, 2016, 12:37 PM

7. Pretty much :D - Hail Seitan! n/t

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Response to Orrex (Reply #5)

Thu Jul 21, 2016, 05:18 PM

14. It's for real!



I've met this guy - he's pretty awesome. And that's real cooking. And hilarious.

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Response to OriginalGeek (Reply #14)

Thu Jul 21, 2016, 05:20 PM

15. hahahah yeah!

I used to watch his videos a lot

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Response to qnr (Original post)

Thu Jul 21, 2016, 11:31 AM

6. WOW!

I've tried and tried and just can't make it. I love seitan, but have to buy it. I want to come to your house for dinner!

Dehydrating is a great idea, btw. It must be similar to the way freezing and thawing tofu (firm or extra firm) affects the texture and even the flavor a bit.

An aside: I think at least some people who believe they're sensitive or allergic to gluten are really wheat sensitive/allergic. I don't do well with wheat and have to limit my intake, but seitan, which is pure gluten, has no effect on me except yum. (I have cardiopulmonary, neuro, muscular and some digestive problems with wheat.)

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Response to Citrus (Reply #6)

Thu Jul 21, 2016, 12:45 PM

8. Wish you could - I really need to start being more

sociable, and that would be a great way

Yeah, the dehydrating occurred to me since I had the dehydrator out after making some veggie crumbles with TVP. The only real problem with it is that it's the favorite stage for my wife and kids. They love swiping the seitan from the dehydrator (sometimes coming up with elaborate plots to distract me hehehe). Puts a serious dent in the amount available.

I think what you say about wheat is true. I have a relative that has Celiac disease, so I know that some people really do have a problem with gluten, but I wonder about most of the people that I run into IRL that believe that they are gluten sensitive.

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Response to qnr (Original post)

Thu Jul 21, 2016, 12:48 PM

9. Would you mind sharing your recipe?

I've made Seitan a few times and each time was...okay...but not very good. Both of the recipes I used called for it to be baked, rather than boiled.

We do have a food dehydrator that we use.

I'd be mighty grateful if you'd share because that looks really good!

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Response to Heddi (Reply #9)

Thu Jul 21, 2016, 01:04 PM

10. Sure - I have to run to the post office to mail off some

shirts, and then I'll get back to you.

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Response to Heddi (Reply #9)

Thu Jul 21, 2016, 02:20 PM

11. I'm back, here is the recipe.

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Response to qnr (Reply #11)

Thu Jul 21, 2016, 05:57 PM

16. Thabks so much

Fingers crossed....

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Response to Heddi (Reply #16)

Thu Jul 21, 2016, 06:07 PM

19. You're welcome - have fun! n/t

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Response to qnr (Original post)

Thu Jul 21, 2016, 03:58 PM

12. When you want something that looks like beef, but isn't ...

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #12)

Thu Jul 21, 2016, 04:26 PM

13. mmmmmm chocolate! n/t

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Response to qnr (Original post)

Thu Jul 21, 2016, 06:05 PM

17. I adore seitan!

My friend makes an amazing seitan that even our carnivore companions enjoy. Looking forward to trying your recipe as well.

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Response to Codeine (Reply #17)

Thu Jul 21, 2016, 06:07 PM

18. The nice thing about this recipe is that it's tasty, but still lightly seasoned.

You can go in so many directions from the base recipe.

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