PEPPERONI / Crafting Seitan

1 pound

Pepperoni is an Italian hard sausage richly seasoned with onion and garlic, crushed red pepper, smoked paprika, and fennel seeds. A pressure cooker is recommended for preparation; however, oven baking is an opton.

NOTE: Hard Sausages must be refrigerated for 8 hours prior to serving to optimize the texture, so plan accordingly.


1 cup (150 g) vital wheat gluten

1/2 cup (120 ml) water

3 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoons tamari, soy sauce, or Braggs Liquid Aminos

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar

2 teaspoons smoked paprika

2 teaspoons organic sugar

2 teaspoons whole fennel seeds

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper (more or less as desired)

1 teaspoon ground mustard

4 cloves garlic, minced


Put the vital wheat gluten in a large bowl.

Put the water, oil, tamari, tomato paste, vinegar, smoked paprika, sugar, fennel seeds, red pepper flakes, and ground mustard in a blender and process until the fennel seeds are coarsely ground. Pour into the vital wheat gluten, add the garlic, and combine thoroughly with a sturdy silicone spatula to form a dough. Knead the dough in the bowl until it exhibits some elasticity, about 1 minute. Divide the dough in half.

Lay a 12-inch-long sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil on a work surface. Shape one portion of the dough into a slender log about 6 inches long and place it near the edge of the foil. Lift the edge of the foil over the dough and begin rolling into a tight cylinder. Twist the ends tightly to seal. Bend the ends in half to lock them tight. Wrap in a second sheet of foil in the same manner. Repeat the shaping and double-wrapping technique with the second portion of dough. If you will be oven baking the dough (rather than pressure cooking it), wrap each package in a third sheet of foil for reinforcement.

To pressure cook, put 3 cups of water in the cooker and put the trivet in place. Add the packages, seal the lid, close the steam valve, and cook on high for 1 hour. Turn the unt off and let the pressure release naturally for 30 minutes.

To oven bake (instead of pressure cook), preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (170 C). Put the packages directly on the middle oven rack and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Remove the packages and let cool. Then refrigerate the packages for 8 hours to optimize the texture and make thin slicing easier. The pepperoni is ready to eat or use in recipes; it does not require any additional finishing. Slice thick or thin and use as needed.



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