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Italian Seitan Sausage

What you need: 

2 cups vital wheat gluten
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
2 tablespoons onion powder
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 3/4 teaspoons fennel seeds, lightly crushed
1 1/2 teaspoons dry red chili flakes
1/2 teaspoon dry basil
1/2 teaspoon dry rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dry thyme
1/2 teaspoon dry oregano (rubbed)
1/2 teaspoon paprika
several grinds fresh black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
1 portobello mushroom cap
1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup vegetable or veggie chicken broth
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, grated
2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
1 tablespoon agave, optional
1 teaspoon vegan Worcestershire, optional

What you do: 

1. Prepare your steaming basket and get your water boiling. In a large bowl, mix all your dry ingredients and spices and set aside.
2. In a food processor, pulse the portobello mushroom cap until it has a crumb-like texture. Don't over process, we don't want a mushroom puree. Add the mushroom bits to the dry mixture and stir to combine.
3. Return to your food processor and add the wet ingredients.Puree until completely smooth. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and get everything mixed thoroughly, using your hands to make a dough.
4. Knead the dough for at least 10 minutes. Allow the dough to rest for 5 minutes while you get your foil ready, by now the water should be to a full boil. Divide the dough into 8-10 pieces. Take each portion and begin shaping it into a log or link and wrap the link tightly in foil. Don't worry if it's not perfect.
5. Repeat this process for all the portions and place the foiled logs into your steaming apparatus. Steam over medium-high heat for 2 hours, making sure to replenish water level every 30-40 minutes.
Keep a pot of water on simmer alongside your steaming basket. When your basket's water levels are low, you'll have a back up of hot water. This helps to keep things nice and steamy. Don't get lazy and cut the cooking time in half. Go the full two hours. Good food takes time.
This sausage freezes and thaws well, so keep some links frozen for long term use. They'll keep in the freezer for months.Give some to your friends. Who doesn't like the gift of sausage? Exactly.
Source of recipe: Recipe inspired by the lack of funds to constantly buy Field Roast sausages.

Preparation Time: 
20 min
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
8-10
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

Great recipe!!  ;)b  I did do some things different, only because I didn't have the ingredient or the time...I used pinto beans instead of the cannellini beans, didn't add the garlic cloves, soy sauce instead of tamari, and no agave.  I didn't steam it though.  My mother created a recipe for ham as a cold cut with seitan very similar to this recipe, except different in seasonings of course.  So I took her recipe and formed the "sausage" the same way; wrapped it in the foil and baked it for 1.5 hours at 325 degrees.  It came out perfect!  Even my meat-eating hubby was impressed!  So if you don't have the time to steam, bake it!  I'm sure the texture comes out better steamed though.  Can't wait to put this on my pizza or cook with my pasta!!!  Thanks for sharing!!!

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I was there and I helped make these with jessimaka33. They were really good. I had about 4 or 5. ;D  I like food. :)

Awesome. Food is good. :)

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I was there and I helped make these with jessimaka33. They were really good. I had about 4 or 5. ;D  I like food. :)

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I made these the other night, they were wonderful, i can't believe that there has been so many views and no reviews yet. I am going to be making them again today. i omitted the  agave and vegan Worcestershire didn't have any, used creminis instead of the portabella (same difference) and added sundried tomatoes roughly 2 Tbl. I really think that people should try these, as they should be reviewed much more than they have been. finally a success in making seitan!! woot! thank you for the recipe i am excited to use it as base and modify it for different flavors.

Super-awesome! Yes, I've done a few different versions using this particular template. Sundried tomato  & basil is definitely a favorite. Of course switching out the Italian seasonings for Spanish/Mexican stuff can easily make this into Chorizo for Paella. Thanks for being the first to review. I hope others try it out too! :)

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I made these the other night, they were wonderful, i can't believe that there has been so many views and no reviews yet. I am going to be making them again today. i omitted the  agave and vegan Worcestershire didn't have any, used creminis instead of the portabella (same difference) and added sundried tomatoes roughly 2 Tbl. I really think that people should try these, as they should be reviewed much more than they have been. finally a success in making seitan!! woot! thank you for the recipe i am excited to use it as base and modify it for different flavors.

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