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Glazed ‘Beef’ Seitan

Are you ready to enter the world of seitan? If you have no idea what it is then please read further for a quick education in this wonderful plant-based food.

In brief: seitan is an ancient food that was primarily eaten by Buddhist monks who follow a meat-free diet. Seitan mainly comprises of vital wheat gluten which is the protein from the wheat grain – in fact, seitan is very high in protein. But it’s high protein content is not it’s main attraction, when blended with other ingredients (such as in this recipe) and cooked, it forms an incredible meat-like consistency that’s chewy and very savoury.

This fantastic recipe turns simple ingredients into something similar to roast ‘beef’ with a lovely mustard glaze. The cooking process is easy, but may be unfamiliar. Stick with it because this will be a recipe that you make again & again.


Glazed ‘Beef’ Seitan Are you ready to enter the world of seitan? If you have no idea what it is then please read further for a quick education in this wonderful plant-based food. In brief: seitan is an ancient food that was primarily eaten by Buddhist monks who follow a meat-free diet. Seitan mainly comprises of vital wheat gluten which is the protein from the wheat grain – in fact, seitan is very high in protein. But it’s high protein content is not it’s main attraction, when blended with other ingredients (such as in this recipe) and cooked, it forms an incredible meat-like consistency that’s chewy and very savoury. This fantastic recipe turns simple ingredients into something similar to roast ‘beef’ with a lovely mustard glaze. The cooking process is easy, but may be unfamiliar. Stick with it because this will be a recipe that you make again & again. Vegan Food UK Print This
Nutrition facts: calories fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 3 voted )

Ingredients

  • Wheat Gluten - 1 ½ Cups
  • Wholemeal Flour - ¼ Cup
  • Nutritional Yeast - ½ Cup
  • Onion Powder - 1 Tsp
  • Garlic Powder - ½ Tsp
  • Paprika - 1 Tsp
  • Salt - ½ Tsp
  • Pepper - ½ Tsp
  • Raw Beetroot - 1
  • Tomato Paste - 1 Tbsp
  • Soy Sauce - 3 Tbsp
  • Water - 1 ½ Cups
  • (For the glaze)
  • Dijon Mustard or Wholegrain Mustard - ½ Tbsp
  • Maple Syrup - 1 ½ Tbsp

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4, 170C
  2. Process the beetroot together with the tomato paste, soy sauce & 1.5 cups of water.
  3. In a bowl combine all the dry ingredients until evenly dispersed.
  4. Make a hole in the dry mix and start adding the wet mix and stirring the mixture together. Add a little bit of water at a time until you get a bread dough consistency.
  5. Eventually, it will become too thick to stir, so you will need to use your hands and knead together for a few minutes until everything is combined.
  6. Knead into a ball shape and leave for a few minutes for the gluten to activate..
  7. Place the seitan ball onto a sheet of tin foil (large enough to wrap it in) and make the shape that you want the ‘beef’ to be, an oval shape like a small loaf of bread is usually prefered. At this stage it’s also good to cut slits into the top of the seitan for later on when glazing. Now wrap the tin foil over the seitan making sure the seem is at the top. 
  8. Place some water into a baking dish so it’s approximately 3 cm deep and add the seitan parcel making sure the seem is still at the top.
  9. Cover the whole dish with foil and bake in the oven for 1 ½ hours.
  10. Make up your glaze by mixing the mustard with the maple syrup.
  11. Take the seitan out of the oven and unwrap the top of the tin foil so that you can glaze it. Brush or pour the glaze over the top of the joint of seitan and return it back to the oven for 10-15 mins.
  12. Take the seitan out of the oven and serve on a plate of roasted vegetables with gravy.

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