Meatless Monday–Seitan au Vin

Oct, 07, 2013

By Fredrica Syren:

This is my idea of comfort food, probably because I grew up with a mom who was a chef and loved to cook international food. She made a very nice Coq au Vin on Sundays, and I believe the secret was in the sauce. This is my vegetarian version of the dish, based on a recipe from Martha Stewart’s book, Favorite Comfort Food. I changed it just a little to make it meat free.

  • 6 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 4 whole black peppercornsSeitan au vin
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 7 fresh flat leaf parsley leaves
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 8 ounces pearl onions (I used frozen)
  • 12 ounces white button mushrooms, halved or quartered
  • 1 package chicken style seitan, drained
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 3 tbsp. brandy
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 3 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch, mixed with 1 tbsp. water
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Place 3 garlic cloves, thyme, parsley, bay leaf and peppercorn in a cheese cloth, wrap it up and tie it. Set a side. Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a deep skillet or Dutch oven on medium heat. Cook garlic and onion while stirring until they begin to brown (about 4 minutes). Add mushrooms and cook for another 4 minutes while stirring. Remove and set a side. Add remaining oil and butter, and cook the seitan on medium heat. Add brandy, broth, wine, tomato paste and cheesecloth package. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes. Add reserved onion and mushrooms, and cook for another 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove the seitan and vegetables to a bowl. Remove the cheesecloth-packaged herbs and discard. Bring liquid to a boil and reduce broth to about half on high heat. In the meantime, mix cornstarch and water to a paste, and add to broth. Cook for 2 minutes. Return seitan and vegetables to the reduction. Add salt and pepper, and sprinkle on some chopped parsley before serving.

Fredrika Syren

Fredrika Syren is an environmental activist and writer. In 2016, she founded the website Green-Mom.com where she shared her family’s journey of living zero waste. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband James and their children Bella, Noah, and Liam. Fredrika and her family were recently featured in the documentary Zero Time to Waste. Fredrika is also the author of Zero Waste for Families - A Practical Guidebook (which you can buy on this site)

1 Comment

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    Laura Plumb

    October 7, 2013

    Sounds delicious! Thank you.

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