Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Braised seitan with Brussels, kale, and sun-dried tomatoes

What can you make with a fridge full of seitan, Brussels sprouts, kale, and sun-dried tomatoes? Yes, you guessed it! This is from the Veganomicon, and was surprisingly more delicious than the sum of its parts. Kale with Brussels sprouts? Another combination my conventional mind could never have dreamed up, but it works. The slight bitterness of both greens goes beautifully with the tart-sweet sundried tomatoes and chewy seitan. I added some red pepper flakes but otherwise didn't change the recipe. It didn't really need the pepper flakes. I just like them.

Served over mashed potatoes with rutabaga left over from the other night, which was perfect.

I found the recipe here, so you need look no further if you wish to make this quick, surprisingly elegant one-pot meal for yourself and haven't yet acquired a Veganomicon of your own:

Braised seitan with Brussels, kale, and sun-dried tomatoes
Serves 4

2 tbsp olive oil
6 shallots, thinly sliced
2 cups seitan, sliced into bite-sized pieces
1/2 lb Brussels sprouts, quartered (about 2 cups)
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp dried tarragon
1/2 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper
1/2 cup sun-dried tomato, rinsed and chopped
2 cups vegetable broth
1/4 cup red wine
4 cups kale, chopped

Preheat a large pan over medium-high heat. Sauté the shallots and seitan in 2 tbsp olive oil for about 7 minutes, until they have both browned. Add the Brussels sprouts and sauté for 3 more minutes, adding a little extra olive oil if need be. Add the garlic, herbs, salt, and pepper, and sauté for another minute. Mix in the sun-dried tomatoes.

Add the vegetable broth and wine. Once the liquid is boiling, add the chopped kale. Stir the kale until it is wilted. Cover the pan, leaving a little room for steam to escape, and lower the heat. Simmer for 5-7 minutes. Taste and adjust the salt, and serve immediately.

1 comment:

  1. Hey. I just found your blog today and this is my favor post so far! I think i'll try to prepare this dish this weekend. Thank you!!