This homemade Thanksgiving Seitan Roast En Croute is the perfect main dish for your vegan holiday table. It takes some time to cook but is pretty easy to put together and is sure to be a big hit with the fam!
“If I go vegan, I’ll never feel that excitement of sitting down to a kickass holiday meal ever again!” said me just a few short months before making the leap and going vegan. Boy, was I wrong!
I look back at the things I said leading up to going vegan and cringe. I can’t believe there was once a time when I thought following my heart and compassion for animals (read: going vegan) would leave me eating nothing but boring salads and disappointingly bland veggies. In fact, this was what held me back from making this switch for so long in the first place. I wanted to save animals, but what the hell would I eat?!
Fast-forward to now: I’ve been vegan over three years and haven’t seen a bland salad or steamed veggie in…I don’t even know how long.
Once I got in the kitchen and learned to cook, I realized that vegan food was going to be FAR from bland and boring. In fact, it could be whatever I wanted it to be because there was no dish I could crave that couldn’t be veganized…including my holiday favorites!
And that brings me to this Homemade Thanksgiving Seitan Roast. We don’t have to give up our tender, meaty holiday traditions. We can align them with our values and have a damn good meal while we’re at it. The vegan life is a good life, my friends.
In my three years as a vegan (and previous five as a vegetarian), I can tell you there is nothing I look forward to more than our Thanksgiving seitan roast. Whether it was store-bought or homemade, I go crazy over this meaty main dish every single year.
This homemade Thanksgiving Seitan Roast I’m sharing with you today is the PERFECT main dish for your vegan Thanksgiving table. It feeds six VERY hungry vegans. I mean, VERY hungry. Like, Joey from Friends in his Thanksgiving pants hungry. Plus, the leftovers freeze super well for up to 2 months.
It’s also worth mentioning this recipe has been tested, re-tested, and very much approved of by our not-yet-vegan friends and fam, so you know it’s gotta be something special.
And if you haven’t made your own seitan roast (or even seitan in general) before, don’t worry! I know I say this a lot, but it really is easier than we think it is. And making your own homemade seitan opens up a whole new world of possibilities as far as your veganization skills are concerned. If you’re still nervous to make this for the big day, you can always make a roast ahead of time to see how it turns out. More roast is always a bonus in my book.
Still don’t believe how easy this homemade Thanksgiving seitan roast can be? Check out this 60-second video:
Or join us in the kitchen to make it LIVE:
You should totally go for it and make this beautiful Homemade Thanksgiving Seitan Roast for your holiday table this year. And when you do, we wanna see! We want to jump up and down in an excited frenzy with you to celebrate your awesome-ness, so be sure to snap a photo and tag us on Instagram (we’re @theplantpowercouple, with the ‘the’) or Facebook (just Plant Power Couple there).
- 2 cups wheat gluten
- 1/4 cup chickpea flour
- 3 cloves garlic
- 3/4 cup pinto or white beans
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 2 Tbsp Chicken(less) Noodle Soup Powder (or your favorite veggie bouillon)
- 3 Tbsp soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp dried thyme
- 2 tsp rosemary
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 cup bread stuffing
- 1 large sheet of puff pastry
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together your gluten and chickpea flour. Set aside.
- Next, add the remainder of the roast ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth.
- Use a large wooden spoon to create a well in the center of your gluten / chickpea flour mixture and pour in the contents of the food processor. Stir.
- Get in there with your hands and knead the dough for 1-2 minutes.
- Sprinkle some gluten flour on the counter top and rolling pin. Place the dough on the counter and roll it into a rectangle.
- Place the stuffing across the long side of the seitan rectangle. Use your hands to roll the seitan dough over the stuffing and keep rolling until there is no more dough to roll. For a visual explanation of this, see the video above.
- Pinch the seam and ends together and roll tightly in foil or cheesecloth. Steam for 45 minutes.
- Allow the roast to cool a bit before unwrapping it from the foil. Preheat the oven to 375F.
- When your roast is almost finished cooling, use the rolling pin to roll out the puff pastry sheet. Unwrap the foil from the roast and re-wrap it in the puff pastry, pinching the seam and ends like you did with the seitan dough.
- Bake at 375F for 20-30 minutes, until the puff pastry is nice and browned. Allow to cool a bit before serving and enjoy!