by Chef Kendall Huff
Native Foods Cafe
So this was supposed to be part of the Super Bowl Seitan Snacks this weekend… but I already posted a lot of recipes… and the seitan can be a bit much… only until you get the hang of it that is… so let’s call this the Monday Dinner after the Super Bowl! Swedish Meatballs are delicious and sold at IKEA (but they are not vegan, though they should work on a vegan version for all those starved furniture shoppers). Try serving these with rice or roasted potatoes and a bright green vegetable… like spinach!
Swedish Seitan Balls with Creamy Dill Sauce
Makes about 3 dozen
1 lb. seitan, original or Swedish (Follow Original Seitan Recipe and add the Swedish Spices to it)
¾ cup panko breadcrumbs
¾ cup non-dairy milk (Add 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar to it)
1 cup yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 TBSP safflower oil
4 TBSP vital wheat gluten
¼ cup water
Creamy Dill Sauce:
¼ cup vegan butter
¼ cup unbleached flour
2 cups non-dairy milk
½ tsp sea salt
¼ cup fresh dill, chopped
For the Balls:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cut the seitan loaf into small pieces. Place in the food procedure and grind. Place in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
3. Place the breadcrumbs and soymilk with vinegar in it in another bowl and allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes or until soft.
4. Heat the oil in a sauté pan and add the garlic and onions. Cook until translucent and add to the ground seitan bowl.
5. Add the soft breadcrumbs, water and wheat gluten to the seitan bowl and mix well.
6. Form the mix into ping-pong sized meatball. If they don’t stick, add more wheat gluten and try again.
7. Place the seitan balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper.
8. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Check in on them- They may need to be flipped
For the Sauce:
1. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Whisk in the flour to make a blonde roux.
2. Slowly whisk in the milk. Continue whisking to eliminate lumps that may form.
3. Allow the sauce to come to a boil, slowly, in order for it to thicken.
4. Once it’s thickened, remove the pan from the heat and add the salt and chopped dill.
Serve over the Swedish Seitan balls and enjoy!
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