Bring the outdoors in with this picnic-inspired vegan dish that utilizes a product called seitan in place of meat. Seitan is a natural product, made from wheat gluten. It has a chewy consistency and readily takes on flavors. I use Michael’s Savory Seitan – it’s made locally and has a gingery flavor to it.
1 package (approx 12 ounces) of seitan, drained well
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 tablespoon soy sauce*
1 red bell pepper, cut in chunks
1 green bell pepper, cut in chunks
1/2 medium white onion cut in big slices
Canola oil for cooking
salt and pepper, to taste
4-6 wood skewers
* To reduce sodium, soy sauce can be replaced with Bragg’s Liquid Aminos – sold at most health food stores
For the hot wing sauce:
1 cup of hot sauce (I use Frank’s Red Hot)
1 heaping tablespoon of Earth Balance vegan butter (I used the soy free variety) at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup brown sugar
What you do:
Marinate your drained seitan in the liquid smoke and soy sauce for 10 minutes in the refrigerator. Prepare a baking sheet with a light coating of canola oil and heat your oven to 375. Arrange the peppers and onions on the pan, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and let bake for about 15 minutes, ’til the veggies get slightly soft and begin to brown lightly on the edges.
Next, heat a large pan and generously coat with oil (you’ll need approximately 1/4 inch for frying. Alternatively, you can deep fry with your oil at 360 degrees for 5 minutes). Lay out the seitan and cook on both sides until crispy (approximately 10 minutes over medium-high heat).
Get a large bowl ready and mix together the hot sauce ingredients with a whisk. Toss in the warm seitan and let it cool until you feel comfortable handling it. Skewer the seitan and oven-baked veggies. Serve over rice.
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