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Faux spicy Country Sausage

What you need: 

1 and 1/2 cups vital wheat gluten
1/2 cup vegan chicken style stock powder
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 to 1 and 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground sage
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup water or veggie stock
2 cap-fulls of liquid smoke
1 tablespoons olive oil

What you do: 

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, add the gluten, stock powder, nutritional yeast, salt and cayenne pepper. Mix well.
3. To a smaller bowl, add the water, oil and liquid smoke.
4. Pour the wet into the dry and and stir quickly; the gluten seizes up fast. Turn out onto a flat surface and knead for about three minutes.
5. Shape the dough into a log. Oil a large piece of foil and roll the log in it. Twist the ends closed.
6. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 90 minutes.
7. When done, remove the foil, cool completely and store in plastic wrap in the refrigerator. Slice off what you need.

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what is TVP?  and in what form can i expect to find gluten? is it powder, or a solid block like tofu?


I make something similar -- as does everybody who's seen the "Seitan o' Greatness" -- and I have a few tips.

    Spin the loaf 1/3 or 1/4 turn on its axis every 20-30 minutes or you can get a hard, inedible crust on the bottom.
    Smoked paprika (also called "fancy paprika," officially "Pimenton de la Vera") is a fantastic substitute for liquid smoke.
    If it's too firm, add a little baking powder to the mix. 1/4-1/2 teaspoon makes for a very fluffy loaf.
    I've had pretty good luck adding a half cup of TVP or TSP to the mix. Gives it some interesting texture.
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