"Man (Woman) is what he (she) eats."
- German proverb
This is a grand day (should you allow it to be). Your time is what you make of it (thus the day belongs to you). Let us make this day one very well spent and of value to all.
This being said, what has Chucky been up to in his kitchen? I cannot take credit for this recipe. All credit goes to David Tran of The Loving Hut restaurant. He recently gave an hour long demonstration at Central Florida Earth Day 2011 which Tiffany and I enthusiastically attended. That my friends was, indeed, a grand day!
I had been meaning to make seitan but simply had not done so. I had purchased a bag of vital wheat gluten from Hoover's Essential Market several months back. Basically, it's been sitting on my kitchen counter as somewhat a paperweight (until now).
|Kneaded seitan rests in bowl|
I kept my seitan simple. My first attempt at making seitan is as follows.
|Soy sauce and seasoning|
- 1 cup vital wheat gluten
- 1 Tbsp Kirkland Organic No-Salt Seasoning
- 1 Tbsp Lee Kum Kee Light soy sauce
- 1 cup water
|Vital wheat gluten|
- Mix vital wheat gluten, seasoning and soy sauce.
- Add water.
- Knead several times.
- Place in bowl, covered with water for seasonings to take root.
- Three ways to cook:
- Boil in seasoned water until floats. Longer you cook, chewier the seitan.
- Slice and heat on non-stick two-sided griddle. Approximately 2 to 3-minutes until fully cooked and firm.
- Slice and sauté (or stir fry) to desired doneness.
Note: I have taken liberty to share the recipe and instructions that David Tran handed out on my recipe link below.
Chucky? I used cooking method 1 in a Spicy Pasta with Mushrooms & Seitan recipe that I kind of tossed together on a whim. I see countless possibility for the use of seitan with my vegetarian lifestyle. I am fortunate not to be sensitive to gluton.
|Seitan ball removed from fridge 24-hours later|
|Sliced and ready to drop into boiling water|
|Soup base in boiling water|
|After seitan floats to top, steep 15-minutes longer|
|Seitan being drained|
|Sliced and ready for stir-fry dish|
Hi-dee hi-dee be-it-known-that-seitan-is-easy-and-versitile-ho my friend!