Sunday, March 14, 2010

Easiest Beef Seitan EVER!! (And Pretty Damn Tasty, Too.)

*beef and Guinness stew with champ and pan roasted brussel sprouts*

So I just discovered that sells groceries. They've probably been at it for ages, but I never noticed; I'm not generally thinking "mushroom spread" when I'm ordering books. But, now that I know ... I might have gone a little overboard. I now have ten pounds of nutritional yeast, among other things. I get a little obsessive sometimes.

But, I also got meatless beef broth powder, made by Frontier, the folks who make the meatless chicken powder I like to use in my chicken seitan. Oh, my. This stuff is FANTASTIC! It makes making beefy seitan the easiest thing ever! I became so excited that I couldn't decide what to make for dinner. I was thinking Mongolian beef and broccoli, then carne asada soft tacos, then beef satay. In the end, though, I had to choose the obvious: for St. Patrick's Day, I made seitan beef and Guinness stew. And it was awesome.

*seitan beef and Guinness stew: Happy St. Patrick's Day!*

I'll work on the recipe further - this was the first shot, after all - but something this easy and delicious needs to be shared right away!

Easy Beefy Seitan Yumminess

2 c water
1/4 c nutritional yeast
2 T meatless beef broth powder

1/2 c water
3/4 c vital wheat gluten
2 T meatless beef broth powder
2-3 T steak sauce
couple shakes liquid smoke

Combine the first three ingredients in a large sauce pan and bring to the barest simmer. Combine the rest of the ingredients and kneed for a couple minutes. Cut the dough into four pieces and add to liquid. Cover and cook on low heat, turning the seitan occasionally, until the liquid has been absorbed (about an hour). Easy peasy!


  1. I, too, was a fan of Frontier beef broth powder, until I read the ingredients... which include corn syrup solids and autolyzed yeast extract.

  2. Do you have an alternative you would recommend? I'm not the most health-conscious person in the world (or rather, I'm conscious that the choices I make are not always the healthiest compared to some), but I do tend to avoid extra corn byproducts if I can. HFCS is in everything, it seems, but so are its cousins ...