“I am not a glutton - I am an explorer of food."
- Erma Bombeck
Greetings my friend! May culinary kismet be found on a plate near you today.
I found culinary bliss upon my plate this evening! Remember the seitan that I finally gained nerves to make? I was able to use it in a dish that I made for Tiffany tonight. No, it certainly wasn't a dish served at Kate and Will's wedding luncheon but it wasn't half bad if I may say so myself.
|Spicy Noodles with Mushroom & Seitan|
A simple, quick and amazingly delicious dish. Tiffany gave me the ideal when we purchased a bottle of Salad Elegant from Penzey's Spices a few weeks back. Upon an initial sniff of the spice sampling jar, Tiffany immediate said, "Wow! I just know that this would be simply wonderful on some pasta!" So, thanks to Tiffany and my seitan experiment I am proud to present "Spicy Noodles with Mushroom & Seitan".
- Rice noodles
- Soup base to cook seitan and noodles
- 1/2 cup frozen mixed vegetables
- 1 can sliced mushroom, drained
- 1/2 cup sliced seitan
- Olive oil
- Penzey's Salad Elegant spice blend
- Add soup base to water and boil.
- Cut and cook seitan chunks until they float. Reduce heat to simmer and cook an additional 15-minutes.
- Remove cooked seitan and set aside to drain.
- When drained and cooled, select appropriate amount of seitan and slice into thin strips.
- Return soup base to boil and add rice noodles.
- In meantime, heat wok on high and stir fry mixed vegetables, mushrooms, sliced seitan strips, and spice in olive oil.
- Quickly drain rice noodles, reduce wok temperature and introduce cooked rice noodles to wok.
- Stir vegetables, seitan and noodles until mixed thoroughly.
- Dish onto plates and serve. Bon apétit.
I kid you not... This dish was spectacular on the taste buds. "Hello seitan! You will be made frequently in the kitchen of Tiffany and Chucky!" Neither Tiffany nor I could get enough. I can't wait to make my next dish using the stuff.
Oh? What does freshly made seitan taste like? It's like a spongy, moist, and chewy substance that takes on the predominant taste of the dish. Think of crusty bread in a bowl of French Onion soup or a good quality crouton in some Creamy Tomato Basil soup. Only, this is a chewy texture. I honestly cannot think of one food item having the same qualities. I suppose that I would say that it's a delectable vegetarian non-meat alternative by its own merits.
Hi-dee hi-dee you-have-to-make-seitan-for-yourself-ho my friend!