I’m really excited to give you a sneak peek into Miyoko Schinner’s new book, The Homemade Vegan Pantry. We loved her Unrib recipe at our house! (Disclaimer: I organized the blog tour for The Homemade Vegan Pantry and received a complimentary copy of the book. However, I was not paid to write this post and all the opinions are truly my own.)
There are a few steps, so it’s a great weekend project. First you mix the seitan dough in your food processor. Second you cut and shape it into 4 long pieces and brown it in a large saute pan.
If the saute pan is large enough, and can go into the oven, you can then cover with BBQ sauce and bake for 90 minutes, until the sauce thickens and the seitan cooks. After that cools enough to cut it, cut into smaller strips and saute in a little more BBQ sauce.
Easy, right? It does take some time, but I whipped them up last night and have enough in the freezer to have them for 2 future dinners too. Trust me, it’s time well spent. I want to try the same recipe with a Thai saute sauce and then maybe a Korean BBQ sauce.
These are going to be on the menu plan all summer long!
Miyoko’s book is full of my favorite kind of recipes – staples. There are condiments like vegan oyster sauce, vegan fish sauce and everyday vegan necessities like mayo, dressings, and jams.
It also includes vegan subs for milk, cream, butter, and cheese. There are DIY stocks for every soup, homemade tofu, tempeh and various types of seitan. Learn to make your own pasta, pasta sauces, breads, baking mixes, and so much more.
There’s a little something for everyone in this book and I encourage you to at least take a peek on Amazon or flip through it at your local store. It’s a beautiful book with recipes that will have you making all your favorite staples from scratch.
Serves: 8 to 10 servings
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon white, chickpea, or red miso
- 4 or 5 cloves garlic
- 1¼ cups water
- 21/2 to 3 cups vital wheat gluten
- Oil, for cooking (optional)
- 31/2 to 4 cups your favorite store-bought variety (Miyoko has a recipe for Zippy Barbecue Sauce in the book as well)
- 2 cups water
- In a food processor or blender, combine the soy sauce, nutritional yeast, peanut butter, tomato paste, miso, garlic, and water and process until a smooth and creamy slurry is created. If you are using a food processor, just keep everything in there;
- if using a blender, pour it out into a large mixing bowl. Add 21⁄2 cups of the gluten to the slurry and mix well, either using the food processor or by hand in the bowl. If you’re using a food processor, keep pulsing to knead the dough, adding a little
- more gluten flour as necessary to form a stiff dough (the more gluten you add, the chewier your ribs will be, so you can control how tender or chewy you want them). It may form one ball in the center or break up into little beads; if the latter happens, all you have to do is push it together with your hands. If you’re mixing it by hand, knead it in the bowl for several minutes until it becomes smooth.
- Roll the dough into a log about 6 inches long. Slice the log lengthwise into four “steaks” about 3⁄4 inch thick. Now here’s one of the places where you get to decide whether or not to use oil, and how much. Heat a skillet over medium-low heat—if you’re going for oil-free, make sure that it is nonstick. If you’re using oil, add a couple of tablespoons to the skillet and let it get hot. Add the steaks and cook until browned on both sides. They will rise and puff a little.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. If your skillet is ovenproof, you can just leave the steaks in the pan. If not, transfer them to a baking dish. Mix 11⁄2 cups of the barbecue sauce with the water. Pour the diluted sauce over the steaks in the pan and cover with a
- lid or aluminum foil. Bake the ribs for 75 to 90 minutes, until the sauce has reduced and just barely coats them and the steaks are chewy and cooked through. They will be relatively tender while hot but will deflate slightly and become chewier as they cool, so fear not if they seem too soft right out of the oven.
- Let them cool until they can be handled without burning your fingers. Then slice each steak lengthwise into “ribs” about 1⁄3 to 1⁄2 inch thick. Heat the skillet over medium-low heat. You’re going to sauté the individual ribs once more to brown or even blacken them on both sides. Once again, you can choose to oil or not to oil. If you like your ribs on the greasy side, you’ll want to use a good 4 to 6 tablespoons of oil to sauté them. Or you can just use a dry nonstick skillet. Cook them all until nicely dark on both sides (I like them almost black). Then toss them with the remaining 2 to 21⁄2 cups barbecue sauce. Now you can dig in. Or wait until the next day, when they will have deepened in flavor and become even chewier. To reheat, just throw them in the oven or on the grill, or eat them cold with some potato salad—yum! Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 6 months.