Sometimes you just want some fake meat. This is a favourite for when I’ve got an evening to cook alone and it’s an easy recipe to make a delicious smokey juicy steak without harming any cows <3 The cows thank us.
The main ingredient is wheat gluten aka seitan. This is the main protein of flour and makes the dough stretchy and gelatinous. I have only seen it very occasionally in health food stores or in Whole Foods in London so I get mine regularly from Amazon.
With the right treatment it imitates the taste and texture of meat which can be then used to make a variety of meat free alternatives.
I served them with fries, salad and fried onions.
For the steaks:
170g Wheat gluten
2tsp Smoked paprika
1tsp mild chilli powder
2Tbsp Nutritional yeast (Nooch <3)
Good pinch of Salt and Pepper
Few drops of liquid smoke
2 tsp soy sauce
For the stock:
1.5 Litre water
1Tbsp soy sauce
Few drops liquid smoke
Oil for frying the steaks
In a jug measure out the water for the steaks and add the liquid smoke and soy sauce and set aside. Next, in a large bowl mix the wheat gluten, smoked paprika, chilli powder, nooch and salt and pepper.
Add the water mixture and mix with a fork until well combined. You may need a little more or less water so add slowly. The mixture should come together to form a ball but you don’t want it to be too sticky.
Kneed the mixture for about 5 minutes until it is smooth and and springs back to the touch. Allow the steak ball to rest for a few minutes while you prepare the stock.
Put the stock ingredients in a wide base pan and bring to the boil. Once boiling reduce to a simmer. It’s important that the water isn’t boiling or the steaks will cook too quickly and become spongy rather than meaty.
Cut the ball of seitan into equal pieces depending on how big you want your steaks and then flatten them with your fingers.
Carefully place each steak into the simmering stock and cover the pan with a lid. Gently simmer the steaks for approximately 40 minutes until the steaks have grown in size slightly and are firm. Remove the steaks from the pan and place aside.
Heat some oil in a frying pan until hot. Place the steaks in the frying pan and cook until crisped and brown.
The steaks are ready to serve! Try serving with fries and salad.