Monday, March 24, 2014

Vegan Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

Recipe by JL Fields from JL Goes Vegan

Serves 4

Biscuits recipe adapted from Alton Brown's recipe.

Biscuit Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt

Sausage Gravy Ingredients
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil (or 1-2 Tbsp vegetable broth)
  • 1 package Upton's Naturals Ground Seitan
  • 1/4 tsp each: thyme, rosemary, cumin
  • dash of red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp each: thyme and rosemary
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups canned or cooked cannellini beans
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes

Biscuit Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 450
  2. Mix the almond milk and lemon juice and refrigerate
  3. In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt). Then drop in the vegan butter - make sure it's really cold (leave in the fridge until the last moment). Cube it up a bit with a knife and then break it up into the dry mixture. Use your hands to mix and be quick as you don't want the vegan butter to start to melt. When it's pretty well mixed, stop. It'll look like breadcrumbs.
  4. Add the almond milk and lemon juice. Use a wooden spoon to stir until the dough just starts to come together. Don't over mix it.
  5. Drop the dough out on a floured surface. Dust the top of the dough with flour and fold / press it over on itself 6-7 times. You want to end up with a circle (ish) of dough about 1 inch thick, give or take. Don't over handle it.
  6. Then take a biscuit cutter, or some circular mold that you can use to cut out the biscuits. Cut out the biscuits by pressing straight down through the dough and place them on a cookie sheet - let the biscuits just barely touch each other. Reform the remaining dough quickly and create as many biscuits as possible. The more you handle the dough, the less they might rise - be warned.
  7. Melt a little vegan butter and brush the tops of the biscuits. Then with your thumb, make a small indentation in the top of each biscuit (so they rise a little more uniformly).
  8. Drop those bad-boys into the oven for 15-20 minutes. They'll be tall and lightly golden brown on top. Eat em' fast cuz they're awesome.

Sausage Gravy Directions
  1. Saute seitan, thyme, rosemary and cumin in olive oil or vegetable broth until lightly browned (about 5 minutes). Set aside
  2. Heat vegan butter in saucepan on medium-high. Add onion and garlic saute until translucent.
  3. Add thyme, rosemary, cumin, ground black pepper and stir well.
  4. Stir in vegetable broth and soy sauce. Bring back to a boil.
  5. Add beans and lemon juice. Bring back to a boil.
  6. Use an immersion blender in the saucepan to blend the gravy, approximately 20-30 seconds. (You can use blender; simply return the gravy back to the saucepan once blended.)
  7. Add nutritional yeast and cooked seitan, cover and cook on medium heat for five minutes, stirring as needed.
  8. Put gravy on biscuits and enjoy.

Find out where you can get your Upton's Naturals seitan here.