Makes about 40 nuggets or 30 fingers
If you haven't made seitan before or perhaps haven't heard of it....stop right there!!! It really does mimic the texture and look of meat. I brought some to work for my omnivore chef coworkers and they approved. My crispy chick'n is made from a dough that quickly comes together in a food processor. It gets kneaded by hand for about 10 - 15 minutes afterwards, and then is simmered in water for about 45 minutes. Once cooled it's ready to do with as you please. You don't have to bread these in the panko crumb mixture. Grill or sauté in a pan, or maybe even shave onto a sandwich (haven't tried that but I want to) For me though, coating them in this spiced panko mixture and frying them is undoubtedly the most delicious way to enjoy them. I either rip them into random chunks for "nuggets" or I slice them into longer strips for "fingers".
What Is Seitan?
Seitan is a dough made from vital wheal gluten. It's usually mixed with other flour such as chickpea, and flavoured with herbs, spices, & seasonings. It's high in protein, making it perfect for vegans & vegetarians or anyone looking to cut down on their consumption of animal products. Gluten is the protein found in wheat. (and other cereal grains) Vital wheat gluten flour has had the starch washed away so that it is the protein that remains. When making your own seitan at home, it is important to kneed the dough for the recommended amount of time because that's what will give it it's meat like texture once it's been cooked. If the dough doesn't get worked for a long enough period of time it will give the seitan a spongy texture - not what we are striving for here!
For the dough
Make The Nuggets or Fingers
For portioning into Nuggets/Fingers:
In a bowl, mix together the following ingredients:
whisk together until no lumps remain (it will be quite thick)
** You want the wet mixture to be thick enough that it sticks to the seitan strips, if too thin it just runs off the strips and there is nothing for the breading to stick to.
Bread the Nuggets/Fingers
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