For this fabulous highly seasoned mock chicken seitan loaf, I got all my inspiration from my pate de campagne. And then I tweaked around until I got a terrific legit vegan delicacy. With a few added exotic seasonings, I took a simple chicken meatloaf, and made it fancy shmancy Frenchie and luxurious. AND vegan. Yup, this is how elastic seitan can be. All of you readers familiar with my Giant Seitanic Recipes post know what exciting treats I can coax out of the Humble Wheat.
Mock Beef Seitan Loaf
Although my original seitan loaf is very light color to emulate chicken and turkey, you need very little to turn into a mock beef loaf: use a dark ingredient in the mix, such as lentils, tomato paste, even beet (including instructions)
Serve it cold!
There are enough hot meatloaf recipes out there to adapt to vegan and to serve hot; with your favorite glaze, gravy and hot, you will get the perfect dinner. So my preference here is for a cold treat that emulates charcuterie. That being said, if a hot dish is what you prefer, by all means enjoy it hot! It will work perfectly hot or cold.
Seitan Loaf Freezes Perfectly
Just let the frozen portion of the loaf thaw, and then slice it.
So Many Exciting Uses!
I served it sliced with my olive sun-dried tomato dip, with my beer bread, and it was a huge hit as a first course. But it is perfect as a first course with a salad as well. It also makes the perfect sandwich, with your favorite toppings and condiments (love it with some Dijon mustard, lettuce and tomato). Cut it into strips and throw it salads. Etc, see what you are in the mood for at dinner time.
A Good Food Processor is Key
Investing in a good quality food processor makes all the difference. Some inferior toy-like brands will break on you in no time, don’t even consider them, they are a waste of your money. get yourself a serious machine! And not just for mixing seitan dough, but for every other food prep task. The price premium will be amortized in the preparation of just a couple meals. A good machine will be your best friend in the kitchen. I dont know about you, but I find mixing and kneading seitan by hand major drudgery, whereas letting a good food processor mixing it for you is a pleasure: you will be encouraged to do it more often!
- 1 15 oz can chickpeas, liquid and all
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp Liquid smoke
- 1/4 cup white miso paste
- 3 shallots
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 3 tablespoons Herbes de Provence
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 1 tablespoon anise seeds
- good pinch cayenne
- 1/4 cup brandy or bourbon
- Ground pepper to taste (be generous)
- 2 1/4 cups vital wheat gluten
- 1/2 chopped toasted pistachios, optional but very lovely it this dish
Preheat the oven to 350*F
Process the first of ingredients in a food processor until perfectly smooth. Now add VWG, and mix at low speed for about 2 minutes, until the whole mixture gathers into a ball around the blade. Fold in the pistachios and mix by hand.
Pour the mixture into a greased loaf pan. Bake for about one hour.
If you are serving it hot, slice it while hot. But if you are serving it chilled, chill it before slicing.
Variation: Mock Beef Seitan Loaf
Using the listed ingredients: use lentils or red beans instead of chickpeas; use dark miso instead of white miso; in the last 15 minutes of baking, brush the loaf generously with your favorite BBQ sauce, or even just with a mixture of ketchup and smoked paprika, and return to the oven for 15 minutes. Same instructions for slicing and garnishing.