Full disclosure, I got the recipe from another blog, Mouthwatering Vegan, and yes I made a few adjustments.
It is a three-step process that begins as a savory dough. You’re making seitan. The dough consists of vital wheat gluten flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill), beets, nutritional yeast, dried mint, onion powder, soy sauce, olive oil, tahini, miso.
After mixing the dough you mold it into a shape. Mine looked like a big brain. I then simmered it for an hour in a broth of water, wine, soy sauce, rosemary, sage. I wrapped it in cheese cloth to be sure it wouldn’t fall apart. It’s pretty dense. It probably wouldn’t have fallen apart but better safe. Then I removed it from the broth and let it cool. At this point it really looks and feels like some kind of sports ball. You really want this to simmer NOT boil.
Cut holes in the thing and stud it with garlic. Put it in a Dutch oven and surround it with roasting vegetables of your choice. I had onions, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, parsnips, mushrooms, more garlic, lemon slices and some preserved lemon. Shove in some rosemary sprigs and sage and some whole garlic bulbs cut in half. Do I have to tell you to put some salt and pepper in there? I think not. Just do it.
Into the blender place a few pitted dates, fresh mint, lemon juice, more preserved lemon and its juice, pepper corms, olive oil, more soy sauce and garlic, miso and oregano. Blend it up. Pour some of this slurry over the “meat” and put it a preheated 350 degree oven.
I started it covered then removed the cover after half an hour or so. I probably roasted it for an hour and a half pouring more slurry over the roast every 20-25 minutes. What was left of the slurry made a good gravy but there wasn’t much of it.
Speaking of gravy, I recommend a good mushroom one for the finished product. I make a mushroom-miso-mustard one that rocks.
Regarding seitan, there are lots of recipes out there for different veggie “meat” dishes. I will be experimenting with some sandwich slices too because the ones at the store are expensive and mostly processed unless you’re buying Field Roast, or Uptons. More on that later.