Seitan Pepperoni

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on

If you’re looking for a vegetarian alternative to regular pepperoni, this seitan pepperoni will be perfect for you!  You’ll be surprised how much it actually tastes like pepperoni!

Seitan Pepperoni

I’m actually on a streak of savory recipes here on Food Doodles.  This really surprises me even though it wont be for long.  When I first started this blog I thought I’d be stuck only posting sweet things.  That’s obviously what I love the most even though I’m trying to cut down on the amount of sugar we consume.  And usually I don’t like fake meats.  They’re kind of a pet peeve of mine, but this is an exception.

Seitan Pepperoni

There are so many real foods that are so much better for you and taste so good so I always wonder why people cutting out meat, immediately go for fake meats at the grocery store.  I can understand it’s a familiar thing, but open your mind.  You don’t need meat or a substitute to have a complete meal.  Like I said, this is an exception.   My meat loving husband loves this stuff.  I made half a recipe, and it lasted a day and a half.  While it was in the house my husband kept going to the fridge to steal slices, and couldn’t stay away from it even before I took pictures.  I had to be fast to get these pictures!  Even the kids loved it.  The texture is great, and it tastes fantastic.  We’ll be making it again for sure, but not as a replacement for meat, just because it’s good as it is.

Seitan Pepperoni

 

Seitan Pepperoni
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cups vital wheat gluten
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2-3 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes use more for spicier pepperoni
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 1 1/5 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Thoroughly mix dry ingredients and separately mix wet ingredients.  Add the wet to the dry and mix as well as you can.  Turn out and knead with your hands for a couple minutes to make sure all the ingredients are mixed.  Roll into a 7" log(or you can half the recipe like I did.  I made a 4-5" log and baked it 10-15 minutes less) and roll in foil.  You can use the foil to squish the log into the proper shape because it will be fairly difficult to shape.  Twist the ends of the foil to seal it.  Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes, turning over once halfway through.  Remove from the oven and unwrap to allow it to cool.  If you're not serving all of it right away, store in the fridge in a sealed container or wrapped in plastic wrap.
Recipe Notes

adapted from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen

 

Seitan Pepperoni

Seitan Pepperoni

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1 Stacey E. June 3, 2018 at

I currently have this in the oven. It smells really nice. I’ve never made anything from seitan before. What an interesting texture it has. I expected it to feel like regular dough. It’s more of a sort of rubber texture. I’ve been meaning to make wheat meat for about 20 years, so why not start with pepperoni?

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2 megan March 24, 2013 at

I made this today and it never solidified… It ended up looking like a bunch of crumbles. 🙁

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3 Carv April 10, 2014 at

Did you use wheat gluten? I have literally made this dozens of time and not had a problem. Did you use all the required water? It should end up being like really strong bread dough. I find that if you double up the tinfoil it keeps it’s shape better. Love the taste, chew and have even had it on pizza. Great stuff.

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4 Zo Zhou April 21, 2011 at

Weee I just bought some wheat gluten for making my wholewheat breads tastier, and I just remembered this recipe. Can’t WAIT to try making my own seitan!

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5 Rhiana April 6, 2011 at

I MUST try this. I hope my husband won’t notice it’s meatless though. 🙂

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6 Heidi @ Food Doodles April 6, 2011 at

He’ll probably notice. But hopefully he’ll like it anyways like mine 😀

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7 SpicieFoodie April 5, 2011 at

I have to say that the seitan pepperoni looks really good. I’ve been wanting to try it for the longest time just out of curiosity, generally I’m not a fan of “fake meats”. That is a good sign of how great it was since everyone in your house loved it. Thanks for sharing and I hope I can find the ingredients.

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8 Heidi @ Food Doodles April 5, 2011 at

Yes I was surprised how much everyone liked it. The texture is obviously different than meat but it’s chewy and really good once you get used to it 🙂

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9 Charissa April 5, 2011 at

Wow, this is so awesome! I want to try this…I’m definitely bookmarking this on my Delicious!

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10 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 5, 2011 at

Wow, Heidi, this is such a creative recipe! I absolutely love it, and you did a great job. Thanks for sharing. You have a beautiful blog and I’m looking forward to exploring your recipes! 🙂

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11 Pam April 5, 2011 at

I have never thought to make my own pepperoni… great idea.

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12 elra April 4, 2011 at

I never seen this here, not that I’m aware of. I know they carry seitan, but not pepperoi seitan. Sounds delicious!

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13 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) April 4, 2011 at

That looks wonderful! I have always wanted to make my own faux meat–even bought smoked paprika just for that purpose–now I have no excuse! I’ll have to give your recipe a try. Thanks! 🙂

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14 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama April 4, 2011 at

I have only tried to make seitan once and it was absolutely horrible. It was one of the only times I haven’t eaten something I made for dinner. Maybe I did something wrong? Who knows.
You may have convinced me to give it another shot. I’m definitely intrigued!

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15 Heidi @ Food Doodles April 4, 2011 at

Oh no! What made it so awful? Was the taste off or was it the texture? I know cooking it too long can change the texture, maybe that was the problem.

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16 Jenn @ Peas & Crayons April 4, 2011 at

Do you think it still would be yummy without the liquid smoke flavor? This looks SO GOOD!!!! I love the ingredients in it!

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17 Heidi @ Food Doodles April 4, 2011 at

I’m sure it would still taste good, but the liquid smoke adds a lot of the flavor. If you’re worried about artificial ingredients you can usually find liquid smoke that is just water and natural smoke. It doesn’t go bad for a long time in the fridge and it tastes amazing in vegetarian split pea soup 🙂

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