What is seitan?
Originating from ancient China, seitan, also known as vital wheat gluten, is a meat alternative made from wheat. It has a firm texture with a ‘meaty’ bounce and mild flavour. It’s easy to make from scratch at home and can also be bought in vac-packed blocks or in jars. It can be cooked in lots of different ways – fried, grilled or added to stews or curries, for instance.
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Don’t be daunted by the long ingredient list or the prep time for this vegan burger: it’s actually a super simple process and the results are delicious – this recipe uses added chunky shiitake mushrooms to replicate the texture of mince and to give an umami boost.