I worship at the alter of Seitan. I am officially a Seitan worshipper. Though I've been some form or another of vegan/vegetarian since I was eight years old I had never tried Seitan until this week. Wheat gluten? Seriously? That's supposed to be good?
I picked up a few vegan cookbooks last week to aid in my culinary journey and so many of the recipes I wanted to try feature Seitan, so I finally broke down and bought some to try. I first tried it in a mushroom and spinach dish that was absolutely delicious! So last night, when I returned home at 10pm to find a starving husband I knew my new friend Seitan would get us out of the pinch.
As I mentioned, I hadn't really been cooking vegan on my own yet-- just sticking to tried and true recipes until I got the hang of it. Last night I was excited to come up with my own dish, and I think it turned out really well. Ian & I loved it.
It feels like it has a bit of French/Vietnamese flavor to it-- but I haven't thought of a cute name for it yet...
It took no more then 15 minutes from stove to table and it was delicious, I hope people try it out!
On to the recipe, I wasn't measuring anything while cooking last night so these are rough guesses on amounts, but they should hold pretty true.
1 tablespoon Sesame Oil (I'm sure olive oil would work fine too)
1/2 a sweet yellow onion thickly cut
1 cup sliced crimini mushrooms (which my husband the mycologist says are the same as baby portabella's as far as he knows)
1 package Original flavored Seitan, sliced
1/4 cup white rice wine (I'm sure "real" white wine would be good too, but I don't drink it so I never have it in the house)
1 tablespoon Earth Balance buttery spread
Heat the oil in a large sauce pan over Medium heat. When the oil is viscous (smoothed and thinned out) add the onion. Allow the onion to soften up in the oil (about 3-5 minutes). Add the mushrooms and Seitan and combine well with the onion. Add the rice wine and turn down heat to medium low. Allow to simmer for a few minutes and stir in the buttery spread. Allow to simmer with lid off for about 5 minutes until everything is heated through.
I leave you now with a picture of my husband, excited about the snow and a picture of Lylah our mini- dachshund who is entirely unimpressed by the snow.