Wonderful regular and loyal readers please do not be concerned I have not become 'a meat and two veg' person overnight. This 'Steak' may not look it, but it is 100% vegan it is made with vital wheat gluten (seitan) and jackfruit.
I have been wanting to make Seitan Steaks again for a while and as much as I enjoyed them in the past I found the texture too firm, as well as a little dry. Then I remembered a while back seeing a few recipes that incorporated jackfruit and seitan together. I thought this made sense in relation to adding stringy texture to the seitan, but wondered if it also added moisture and decided to have a go at making them.
The finished result was amazing to look at. I have never in my life eaten a meat steak, but this visually mimicked the real stuff, it was kind of freaky. Then I tasted it. It tasted amazing, not at all dry. In fact it was very moist and the addition of the BBQ sauce on top was not necessary, but it added another level of flavour. I have to confess, it was way too big for my belly and I could only eat a half, so I have suggested dividing the sietan jackfruit mixture into 6 pieces, than just 4 - but this is up to you.
I served the Jackfruit Seitan Steaks with Roasted Sweetheart Cabbage and Sweet Potato Wedges. But on another day we had it with oven chips and mushy minted peas. Both times we really enjoyed both the flavour and moist texture of the Jackfruit Seitan 'steaks'.
I am sharing this big plate of food with Jackfruit Seitan 'Steaks' with Healthy Vegan Fridays by Rock My Vegan Socks and V Nutrition.
Jackfruit Seitan 'Steaks'
20g nutritional yeast
2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons nut butter or tahini paste
2 tablespoons Tamari
1 tablespoon liquid smoke
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 x can Jackfruit, drained and with a sharp knife chop the core part from the fibrous part of the jackfruit and keep separate
310g vital wheat gluten
Combine all the ingredient except for the fibrous part of theJackfruit and vital wheat gluten in a food processor and blitz for 20 seconds.
Shred the fibrous parts of the Jackfruit with a fork and keep aside.
Add the core and seeds of the jackfruit and half of the vital wheat gluten to the food processor.
Process for a few bursts seconds, then add in the remaining vital wheat gluten and blend for a minute or so, then stir in the shredded jackfruit and give it a short burst to blend through the mixture.
Tip onto a board, then divide into 4 - 6 rectangle pieces.
Score through with a sharp knife being careful not to cut right through.
Wrap well in foil well.
Then bake in the oven for 40 minutes on gas mark 4/180oc.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
Remove from the foil.
Transfer to fridge or freezer until ready to cook and eat.
You can marinade the Jackfruit Seitan 'Steak', smother it in sauce. Its up to you.
Coat generously in BBQ sauce of your choice and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
Adapted from BBQ Jackfruit Ribs by Avocado and Ale and Jacked Up Vegan Ribs by Fat Free Vegan
Baked Seitan Steaks from Yeah That Vegan 'Shit' (2007) VIA Have Cake Will Travel
Seitan Steaks recipe 2010 by The Maine Vegan
Beet Ribs from Little Black Fox
Beetroot Seitan 'Steaks.