Sauerkraut Stuffed Corned Seitan

The recipe I’m about to share would be ideal for St. Patrick’s Day, but it’s fantastic any day of the year. As a reuben lover, my mind started playing with variations on the theme. I quickly happened upon the idea of using Julie Hasson’s steamed sausage recipe but taking it to the next level: stuffed! Since I’ve got finger foods on the mind, this is written as an appetizer. But I encourage you to try them whole as a sausage sandwich, too. Grilled and topped with even more kraut and mustard, piled on a not dog bun,  this is the sandwich that will lead the parade at your summer cook-outs.

Sauerkraut Stuffed Corned Seitan

Sauekraut Stuffed Corned Seitan

Some testers found it easier to pat the sausage into a 6 inch by 4 inch rectangle, then fill it with the sauerkraut, and roll up. Go with whatever works for you! Just seal them well.

4 ounces (113 g) extra firm tofu, crumbled
1/2 cup (128 ml) vegetable broth
2 tablespoons (32 ml) sauerkraut juice from a jar
2 tablespoons (33 g) tomato paste
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon (35 ml) tamari, divided
1 1/2 cups (216 g) vital wheat gluten
1/4 cup (30 g) nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon (2 g) ground coriander
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon (2 g) ground cumin
1 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon (10 g) onion powder
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
2 teaspoons dried mustard
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup (142 g) sauerkraut, drained
1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
Canola oil, for cooking
Favorite Thousand Island Dressing, for serving

Prepare a steamer and four 10-inch (25 cm) pieces of foil.

Combine the tofu, broth, sauerkraut juice, tomato paste, and 1 tablespoon (15 ml) tamari in a small blender. Blend until smooth.

Combine the vital wheat gluten, nutritional yeast, and the coriander through the pepper in a medium bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir with a fork until combined. Add an additional tablespoon (15 ml) of broth or (9 g) vital wheat gluten if needed to make a kneadable dough. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions (5.5 ounces, or 156 g each) and place on the foil.

Stir together the sauerkraut and caraway seeds in a small bowl.

Shape into a 6-inch (15 cm) log about 1 1/2 inches (4 cm) in diameter. Using your fingers, press to form a trench down the length of the log. Divide the sauerkraut evenly in the logs. Fold the seitan to enclose the sauerkraut, pinching to close, and patching with pinches of seitan where needed. Roll the foil around the seitan and twist the ends. Steam for 1 hour 10 minutes. Let cool and refrigerate until serving.

To serve, stir together the 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon (20 ml) tamari, Dijon and syrup in a small bowl. Slice the sausages into 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) rounds. Heat a thin layer of oil in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Brush one side of the rounds with the tamari mixture and put in the skillet, sauced side down. Brush the top sides with the rest of the mixture. Cook 6 to 8 minutes, until browned, turn over to cook the second side, about 5 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature with toothpicks and Thousand Island dressing.

Yield: 28 rounds

Give this recipe a try as written, then launch off in your own directions. I also have a kimchi version that is a knock-out. The variations are endless!

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  1. Posted April 12, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Loved these so much Tami! Thanks so much in including me in your cookbook testing, everything you guys create is crazy good.

  2. Tami
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Awwwww,thank you, Maggie! We are lucky to have you as a tester!

  3. Posted April 28, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Wow–a few yummy food groups all rolled up into one.

  4. cdb
    Posted May 2, 2013 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    Hey Tami! I don’t know where else to post because I forgot my password on the PPK and can’t post on the topic about Grills Gone Vegan, but are you still planning on posting the spinach sauce pizza recipe that didn’t make it into the book? Efcliz has had me salivating about that one for ages! I would love to try it out, and I am enjoying WGVB and Grills so much so far!

  5. Tami
    Posted May 2, 2013 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Clara, thanks for the nudge! I’ll get this posted later today or tomorrow at the latest. So glad you are enjoying the books!!! Keep me posted on what you’re making. :)

  6. Posted July 9, 2013 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    I have a little, all vegan food truck, and I love your recipes! I’ve made your Southern fried Seitan Sanwiches, Asian Slaw, Sloppy Joes, Cinnacruch Muffins, Meatless Ball Subs, I get to change my menu constantly. I have my very used copies of AVK, and VSSD (don’t have Vegan Grills yet) on board with me when I’m selling to show people that they too can go home, follow easy recipes to make crazy delicious animal-free eats!
    Thank you for all that you do to make great food (that helps animals),

  7. Tami
    Posted July 9, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Kathy, your post makes me so happy!! I love that you have a vegan food truck, your design (so cool on FB) and everything about what you are doing. Thank you! <3

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