Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Breakfast Sausage

This is my first go at the seitan-in-foil sausage technique. The recipe is from Alicia Simpson's Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food. You know how I love the field roast and tofurky sausages, but this is so easy I might just have to start making my own more often. Not sure these will fool the ninja, but I'll have to try it out in something. They are decidedly breakfast sausage flavored, but would go well as an appetiser with mustard sauce. This is how I ate them for actual breakfast (it's 10AM) because I didn't have any tofu to make a scramble to go with them. Anyway they were really good this way. Eating with toothpicks is so sophisticated. I sliced the steamed sausages and then pan fried them in a little oil. The mustard sauce is just some whole grain mustard and vegenaise. Here's the sausages after they have steamed in foil.

This is a great technique. The finished seitan has a nice texture that isn't the sometimes rubbery of boiled seitan or dried out of baked seitan. Because you also know I love Penzeys, I'll have to try this with one of their sausage seasonings. The Italian and breakfast sausage seasonings are great. I use them in pasta sauce and in scrambles to get sausage flavor without the meat. Sausage is one of those great vegan items that is so much more about the seasoning than the meat that it's really satisfying veganized.

There are a lot of great recipes in Alicia's book that I'll have to try as well. Spicy buffalo bites, sweet potato waffles, "egg" macguffin, tahini coffee?!?, peach cobbler and tortilla soup are the ones I'm lookin' at right now. Alicia also has a bunch of product reviews on her blog vegan guinea pig. I really need to get me a tofu xpress.

As a side note I like Deathcab for Cutie and all, but seriously Pandora, does every other song need to be DCFC or the Postal Service? Really. OK, now they're playing Lost in the Supermarket by the Clash just to make me happy. I've got the roku which plays the streaming netflix on the TV and now hooks into pandora, too. So I've got Deathcab in surround sound. Awesome.

If you're wondering what I'm doing not at work making sausage, complaining about the otherwise awesome pandora, and blogging on a Tuesday morning, my last day at my old job was yesterday and I start a new job on Monday. OK, so the office buildings are across the street from each other in downtown NYC, but still change is good. I'm excited about the new job. Can't wait to sneak some vegan treats on the unsuspecting office workers.

10 comments:

Notquiteveganyet said...

This looks good Jenn, you'll have to make it the next time you come home.

HayMarket8 said...

Looks great! I am always surprised when I see how easy these sausages are! Great!

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

I feel such a sense of accomplishment when I make my own sausages.

Lovliebutterfly said...

Making my own sausage is something I haven't done yet. I'm definitely gonna give it a go in the new year, (now that I can't find any vegan sausages that is decently priced as well!).
The thing is vital wheat gluten is impossible to find over here. So I'll have to order it. But your sausages look really good!

Devadeva Mirel said...

i love pan frying and using them in salads!

Niki said...

Hey they look great! I gotta try this!

Karene said...

I bought an electric steamer just so I could make big batches of these. I have tried them with Fronch Toast, which is my favorite way to have them, but they are also great cold as a quick snack, chopped up into a spicy lentil soup, or just with some lovely homemade hashbrowns. There are so many other recipes I would like to try using these babies in.

mangocheeks said...

I love the look of the sausages and would like to attempt making them, but here in the U.K I struggle to get the vital wheat flour to make them, and the one company that sells, only sells in bulk, so unfortunatley i have not had the opportunity to make my own, but i will drool over yours for now.

For the Love of Guava said...

ooh... we just got a roku too!!! heehee... we already watched a season of californication and tudors! :) (but at least I've gotten lots of crocheting time.. .my bookshelf is just getting dusty... oh television... you really are hindering my education...)

For the Love of Guava said...

ooh ooh.. in salads! what a great idea!