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Country Fried Seitan

The Garden Rockstar Kitchen Country Fried Seitan

This centerpiece of this week’s special entrée is my scratch-made Country Fried Seitan. It looks as delicious as it tastes, but I wanted to give you some insight into just how much work goes into creating this dish.

I start the process by making a dark broth that’s every bit as rich as the beef broth it replaces. Each batch of dark broth simmers for 4 hours to concentrate the flavors.

The Garden Rockstar Kitchen Dark Broth

Next I make my seitan dough, incorporating vital wheat gluten, seasonings, and the dark broth that gives it added flavor and color. The dough is then cut into portions and formed into a shape that mimics cubed steak.

The Garden Rockstar Kitchen Seitan Patties

At this point, the seitan patties are added to a pot of dark broth that is simmering just below the boiling point where they will simmer undisturbed for about 45 minutes. After a cooldown period, the patties are ready to be used just like the raw meat they would replace. In this case, they are breaded in a seasoned flour mixture, dipped in a special egg replacement, and dredged again in the flour before frying in hot oil. At this point, the seitan is complete, and I set my sights on making the homestyle gravy that would fool even the most diehard of carnivores.

A generous portion of creamy mashed potatoes are topped with a country fried seitan patty, which is followed by warm gravy. By then I’m definitely ready to eat and I hope you are, too.

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Got Biscuits?

The Garden Rockstar Kitchen Vegan Biscuits

We were all sad when Dough Bakery closed its doors last month (long live the Dive Bar!). One of the most common questions I have received since I started The Kitchen was whether or not I would offer vegan breakfast biscuits like they had in the grab-and-go cooler. I am happy to announce that YES, you will soon be able to order breakfast biscuits with a variety of topping options. The biscuits are the result of several years of work, but my recipe yields a biscuit that is every bit as flaky and melt-in-your-mouth as a buttermilk biscuit while being totally dairy, egg, and cruelty-free.

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