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Every vegan needs a good homemade seitan sausage recipe in their repertoire.
The ingredient list is simpler and more wholesome than store-bought varieties. The meaty texture of these homemade seitan sausages are from a combination of high-protein wheat gluten (seitan), as well as chickpea flour.
This is a nice treat if you can digest gluten well.
On their own, these guys don’t really photograph well, but I was really pleased with the taste and texture. There are also great sausage recipes in the classic cookbook Vegan Brunch.
- 1/2 c onion, finely minced
- 1 c cold vegetable broth
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 cloves garlic, grated or finely minced
- 1 c wheat gluten
- 1/3 c chickpea flour
- 1/4 c nutritional yeast
- 1 1/2 tsp fennel seed, crushed (I didn’t crush mine because I don’t have a mortar and pestle, though I suppose I could have used the coffee grinder)
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes (or something hot – I used 1/2 tsp Asian chili paste)
- 1 tsp sweet paprika
- 1 tsp oregano
- several dashes black pepper
- 1. Before mixing your ingredients, get your steaming apparatus ready, bring water to a full boil. The rest of the recipe comes together very quickly.
- 2. Have ready 4 (or 6) sheets of tin foil. In a large bowl, throw all the ingredients together in the order listed and mix with a fork. Divide dough into 4 (or 6) even parts. Place one part of dough into tin foil and mold into about a 5 inch log. Wrap dough in tin foil, like a tootsie roll. Don’t worry too much about shaping it, it will snap into shape while it’s steaming because this recipe is awesome.
- 3. Place wrapped sausages in steamer, cover and steam for 20-25 minutes.
- When you’re steaming, Vegan Dad warns of having steam that’s too hot, or not enough steam. When it’s kept too hot, it will cook too fast and turn out rubbery. If there’s not enough steam, it won’t cook enough and it will be doughy. After my water was boiling vigorously, I put the sausages in the steamer, covered them, and turned the heat down to about 2 (med-low). That seemed to give me a pleasing end result.
This homemade seitan sausage recipe makes a simple and inexpensive main. I hope you enjoy it!