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Vegan Thanksgiving Turkey Roast – a recipe that should not be missed as a main course during your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. This turkey seitan is juicy and full of flavor and strongly reminiscent of the taste of a turkey roast, only without the suffering of a chicken or turkey. With classic poultry spices such as sage, marjoram, fennel seeds and many more, we can imitate the authentic taste. This vegan seitan roast with a crunchy crust of rice paper also tastes great as a cold cut on bread or rolls.
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If you do not want to resort to an expensive turkey alternative like tofurky and you also like to cook things yourself, then you should try this irresistible seitan.
You can prepare the roast in a jiffy. The only thing that takes a while is the steaming of the seitan and later baking with rice paper. This can be divided into two working days, since the seitan tastes best one day later. And while the vegan turkey steams or bakes, you can devote yourself to other dishes or do other things, e.g. read a good book 😉
What is vegan turkey roast aka gluten gobbler made of?
Please do not be disturbed by the long list, most spices and herbs come in the homemade seasoning mixture from which you can easily prepare a vegan chicken broth as well.
Let’s start with the ingredient list for the spice mixture:
- Nutritional yeast
- Sea salt
- Ginger powder
- Turmeric powder
- Black pepper, ground
- Marjoram, dried
- Tarragon, dried
- Celery seed
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Parsley, dried
- Bay leaf
- Ground mustard seeds
- Juniper berry
For the Seitan itself you do not need much anymore:
- Chickpeas, cooked
- Tahini or other nut butter like cashew
- Soy sauce or coconut aminos
- Gluten flour
I like to use this spice mixture in dishes where I would like to have a poultry flavor.
How is the seitan prepared?
First, you make the spice mixture. You just take all the ingredients and mix them in a high-performance mixer until you have a powder. You can now pour it into a sealable container.
Now we prepare the seitan. Mix the moist ingredients together. Use all ingredients except the gluten powder. I also like to use my high-performance mixer to a creamy consistency without lumps.
You pour the mix into a mixing bowl. I use the bowl from my food processor and mix all the ingredients. Now knead with the dough hook of a food processor for approx. 10 min. The outside should be shiny and stretchy and should not stick to the bowl. The dough is still relatively moist. But we want it that way.
Now you can shape the dough into a ball and place in cheesecloth or in a wrap that is heat resistant.
If you would like to stuff the seitan, you do that before you form the dough. Divide the seitan into two parts. Roll out both parts and add the stuffing onto one part and cover the stuffing with the other part. Now put the round seitan into a cheesecloth as described above and tie up at the top. Now you can wrap with aluminum foil, if you wish.
Now use a sufficiently large steam pot. I take my pressure cooker and let it steam for about 1 hour. When finished remove the cheesecloth.
Next, prepare the marinade for the rice paper. Simply mix all ingredients.
Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and place the steamed seitan on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Now take two rice papers and dunk them in a bowl of water. The rice paper should now be soft. You can place it on the seitan, this is supposed to be the skin later. Now, you cover them with the marinade and bake the seitan for about 40 minutes. I brush these twice every 10 minutes and let it fry until crispy for the last 20 minutes.
How do I make gluten flour myself?
You can prepare seitan from flour at home. To do this, wash the flour in a mixing bowl until the water no longer turns white. You have to renew the water every now and then. I do not do it myself, because it is too time consuming for me. And now and then, we eat seitan, because you can basically wash the gluten at home from flour.
Can the vegan turkey be stuffed?
As I described in the manual, you can of course fill the turkey. Here I can recommend you my classic stuffing or my vegetable stuffing. Which tastes incredibly good with this vegan roast.
What makes this incredibly authentic taste?
Surely you know that a dish with spices either fails or stands the taste test. If you make meat, for example, is it always seasoned or not? Because if we were to eat meat that way without any spices, we would not like it. And we just take these spices and season our vegan roast according to the tastes we want. For example, for a turkey, we take typical poultry spices and herbs, whereas we would prefer a seitan beef roast to have other seasonings.
What do vegans eat instead of a Christmas roast?
- First, this seitan roast
- Whole roasted cauliflower
- Turkey meatloaf from my free ebook
- Gravy (the best I have eaten so far!)
What can you serve with the vegan seitan roast?
What can you serve as a dessert?
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