effin' tasty (couscouscaboose) wrote,
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Tastes like chicken!

I was talking to my Oma yesterday on the phone while I was cooking dinner.  She asked me what I was making and I basically tried to explain the concept of seitan to her [she's catholic so I had to choose my wording carefully!].  She laughed and laughed at me.  I could hear her talking to my Opa and my cousin saying "Avery is cooking up this wheat stuff and trying to make it taste like chicken!"  *sigh* 

Well, as promised, I did some chicken flavored seitan last night!  I was going to make chicken and dumplings but damn if I didn't have a craving for wings so I decided to do that instead.  I have done tofu wings in the past but I really wanted to see if it would be better with the seitan.  WOW!  I was really excited during dinner and I am amazed I didn't give myself a stroke loading up on hot sauce!  Gotta love Franks!  I used the same recipe for ranch dressing as in the tofu wings post.  The best part about these wings is that they are boiled and baked instead of fried!  I had seen a post on Vegan Lunchcast about seitan wings and he recommended baking them for about 30 to 40 minutes to make them chewier and to give them a slightly crisp outside.  I did that and it really did make a big difference!  He also has much more in depth seitan tutorial if you check out his blog.  He uses a standing mixer though. 

We bought three boxes of the wheat gluten so I cracked one open.  I decided to get a little creative with it this time and I added a little garlic powder, sea salt and nutritional yeast.  I also threw in a pinch of Italian seasoning.  When I added the two cups of water, I also put in some lemon juice [one lemon's worth].  For the broth, I used this recipe.
I have it in a jar premade.  It works pretty well.  I am going to try the Rapunzel boullion cubes next time and see which is better.  Instead of cooking two big chunks of gluten, I pinched off little pieces and boiled them.  They floated up to the top after about an hour and I took them out.  Again, I put them in the fridge to cool off for a bit before I baked them.  Here are some pictures...

This is a picture of the seitan after baking at 350 degrees for 40 minutes [make sure to SPRAY THE PAN!  Trust me on this one!]

After they were baked and scraped off of the cookie sheet, I dipped them in a mixture of Frank's Hot Sauce [2/3 cup] and melted Earth Balance [1/8 cup]


I also tried a little something different!  I had some jalapeno peppers that were about to go bad.  I had every intention of making stuffed poppers out of them so I decided to give it a go. 

I stuffed them with some unCheeze  and coated them with batter.  I really wanted to bake them and I definately plan on coming up with a recipe for that but I didn't have time to last night so I threw them into some hot canola oil.  The batter was a simple mix of Ener-G egg replacer, 'buttermilk' and about a cup of flour. 

Not bad for the first attempt at Jalapeno Poppers.  It needs a lot of work.  The peppers were still really crisp on the inside.  I also would like to come up with a better dipping sauce than ranch.  I would prefer a breadcrumbly crust to batter.  Lots of mental notes here.  Next time they will probably be completely different but they were still pretty good! 

Are we rockin' the appetizers or what? 
Tags: appetizers, comfort food, junk food
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