Monday, March 23, 2009 MY kitchen?

Seitan: (n) A chewy, protein-rich food made from wheat gluten and used as a meat substitute. Although it is made from wheat, seitan has little in common with flour or bread. Also called “wheat meat”, “wheat gluten” or simply “gluten”, seitan becomes surprisingly similar to the look and texture of meat when cooked, making it a popular meat substitute. Seitan is also high in protein, making it a popular protein source for vegetarians. Asian restaurants often use seitan as a vegetarian mock meat, and seitan is also the base for several commercially available products such as Tofurky deli slices. Prepared seitan can be found in the refrigerated section of most health food stores.

Chopped up into bits and lightly heated, it can be coated with your favorite BBQ sauce or even "Manwich" for a mock sloppy joe. It can be used in spaghetti sauce, with taco seasoning for tacos or burritos or pressed together for seitan burgers. The texture may take some getting used to, but it does an amazing job of taking on the flavors of some favorite "meat" based meals!

BBQ...Seitan Style
1 package of seitan
BBQ sauce (use as much as you like)
1/4 cup diced onions
1/4 cup of shredded carrot
1 tblsp olive oil
2 cloves of diced garlic

Heat the olive oil in a pan; add onions and carrots and garlic, saute until soft. Add seitan and saute until hot. Add your favorite barbecue sauce and heat until the sauce is hot, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and serve on buns. Savor with a side of creamy coleslaw and pickles. Yumm.

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