Thursday, December 8, 2011

Breakfast time....

I woke up to snow on the ground and breakfast in bed. I love when Carl cooks for me. Vegan cooking is still new to him and I love the flavor combinations he comes up with. He makes hands down the best Mac & Chreeze I've ever had and his Cardamon Spiced Oatmeal is sublime. He's worked in the restaurant business for most of the last decade and is whimsical and playful when it comes to pairings. This morning he made Crispy Breakfast Potatoes with Herb Gravy and Toast. That along with a perfect cup of coffee and the light blanket of snow on the ground made for a terrific wake up call.

I'm a huge fan of breakfast food. Not just in the morning either. One of the best dinner time treats in our house is Seitan & Waffles, which is my version of the Southern favorite Chicken & Waffles.

Seitan & Waffles

For the Waffles

1 cup All-Purpose Flour
1 tbsp Baking Powder
1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
1 tbsp Maple Syrup
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp Salt
1 cup Rice Milk

Whisk together all ingredients. Follow the directions for your waffle maker to make crispy waffles. Mine requires 1/4 cup of batter per waffle.

For the Southern Fried Seitan

1 lb Seitan cut into 1" squares
1 cup All-purpose Flour
1/2 cup Nutritional Yeast
1 tsp Onion Powder
1tsp Garlic Powder
1tsp Chili Pepper Flakes
2 tbsp Baking Powder
1/4 cup Stone Ground or Spicy Mustard
1/2 cup Water
2 tbsp Braggs Amino Acids
Vegetable Oil for Frying

If you're using pre-packed seitan or you store your homemade seitan in liquid, you'll want to press as much of it out before frying as possible.

For the batter, blend together the flour, nutritional yeast, onion powder, garlic powder, and chili pepper flakes. In a separate bowl, whisk together the mustard, water, and Braggs. To the wet ingredients, add 1/3 cup of the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth. Add the baking powder to the remaining dry ingredients.

Dip the cubes of seitan in the wet ingredients and then coat them in the dry. Fry until golden brown. Don't over crowd your skillet while frying, or you'll lower the oil heat too much and end up with soggy pieces.

Assemble your Seitan and Waffles and serve with Earth Balance, maple syrup, and your favorite hot sauce.

Stay tuned for a Holiday Contest starting tomorrow morning!

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