Jerk Seitan

July 28, 2007 at 9:18 pm (B_minus (2 stars, okay), Caribbean, Isa C. Moskowitz, Seitan)


After the disaster of the jerk tempeh from Some Like it Hot, I was both excited and nervous about trying another jerk recipe. This recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance was quite different in technique though, so I decided to give it a shot. I’m trying to make all the seitan recipes from vegan with a vengeance.

I don’t have the energy to post the recipe right now, so I’ll just post my comments. I’ll come back and post the details if I make it again.

The sauce is interesting–you basically put all the ingredients into the food processor and blend it into kind of a watery paste. The sauce was pretty good tasting, fresh, and full of caribbean flavors. The recipe calls for you to saute some green peppers, then add the seitan cutlets and fry them for another 10 minutes or so, then add the sauce. This seems odd, since the peppers are getting totally overcooked while the seitan browns. I’d either take the peppers out before adding the seitan, or add them at the end when the seitan is almost done. The sauce is pretty powerful stuff–I liked it, but found that I didn’t really want to eat the seitan cutlets on their own–too strong tasting. I liked it okay on a sandwich, but I feel like I didn’t quite find the right combination of foods to eat this recipe with. Isa suggests serving it with sweet potatoes and greens I think, which sounds pretty good.

Derek’s comment, solicited with difficulty: “That’s some tasty shit. I’d have it again.”

Rating: B
Derek: B+

1 Comment

  1. Andy said,

    I had some five-spice dry tofu last night in some stir fried udon I made last night, and I bet something like would be a good substitute for the seitan. I thought the tofu was a bit bland, even with the five spice seasoning, but the jerk flavoring sure would kick it up. I saw they had some more firey dry tofu too (made with red chilies) which might even fit better. However, the texture seemed like it would be just right as a substitute for a dish more often made with chicken.

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