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Country Fried Steak

Vegan MoFo: It's that time of year again! If you don't know what's up, allow me to give you a brief overview: short for the Vegan Month of Food, Vegan MoFo is an annual blogging event about all things vegan. Participants are given daily prompts and then post about it. If you need more info check out the MoFo website and get hip (click here and then come back). Today’s prompt: Cook something to bring a villain back from the dark side.

Why do Jedi turn to the dark side? I'm not much on Star Wars but from what I can remember about at least one of the recent films is that Ben Solo's less than perfect relationship with his parents, Han and Leia, was filled with perceived disappointment. The fear of Ben not living up to their expectations bred to hatred and thus he found himself on the dark side.

How do you pull someone out of fear and hatred? I'm not sure you do, but if one were willing to put the emotional labor into making such an attempt, I'd imagine the best way would be through connection and conversation. What's the best way to have a heart-to-heart? Over a nice meal of course!

Comfort food is my go-to when I need to have the hard talks because comfort food is just that comforting. It makes the convo go a lot easier. Also, if the talks go South and Ben Solo tries to pull the stunt he did with Han, you'll have at least a steak knife to defend you. Not sure it'll do much against a light saber but it's better than nothing.

Get comforted with this Country Fried Steak (aka Chicken Fried Steak) recipe. Now sometimes folks argue that Country Fried Steak and Chicken Fried Steak aren't the same thing. They argue that Country Fried Steak is more popular in the Dirty South (read: the South proper) and is served smothered with white gravy. And that Chicken Fried Steak is more popular in Texas (not the South cuz Texas is Texas) where they serve the stuff with just a little gravy on top and extra on the side. Now semantics aside, that sounds like the same damn thing to me. Either way, if you're making this dish breading and all make sure to serve it with white gravy for the full Southern experience.

P.s. Pay particularly close attention to the very important base seitan recipe. It cooks up in the instant pot perfectly and drastically reduces the amount of labor you've got to put into preparing it. You can totally skip the breading and frying of your seitan steaks by the way (I typically do).

Bookmark this recipe you're going to need it because this is the easiest and best seitan recipe.

Country Fried Steak

The Seitan
1 c vital wheat gluten
1/4 c almond flour

3/4 c veg broth + 1 c veg broth for cooking

2 tbsp nutritional yeast

1 tsp poultry seasoning

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp salt

1 tsp liquid aminos

The Breading
1/2 cup 1:1 gluten free flour

1/2 c cornstarch

2 tsp pepper

1 tsp smoked paprika

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt
1 cup cold water
  1. Make the Seitan: Mix all the dry ingredients together.
 Then mix in 3/4 cup of veg broth. Knead for a minute or so and then tear your seitan into 4 equal balls and shape them into patties. Pull out your IP and put your seitan cutlets in there. Pour the remaining 1 cup of veg broth in the IP too. On manual setting let that baby go for 4 whole minutes. When the timer goes off don't mess with it. Don't touch it. Nothing! For an hour ok?! You're just going to ruin your seitan if you're going to be impatient.
  2. Combine all the ingredients for the breading to make a batter. When your seitan is done hanging out for an hour in the instant pot, dredge the seitan cutlets in the batter.
  3. Get some frying oil hot af in your fave cast iron and fry your seitan until golden brown and crispy on both sides.
  4. Serve with white gravy for the full Southern experience. 

Other Things You Can Make With This Seitan:  

Thai Noodles with Curry Seitan
Jerk Seitan and Asparagus
Nashville Hot Chicken
Corned Beef and Cabbage

UP NEXT: Cartoon Inspired...wishing I watched more cartoons right about now. 

ICYMI,  yesterday I shared a recipe inspired by the food song pun: "Race for the Pies" by The Flaming Chips. Check it out!

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  1. I lived in Texas for a while and now I wonder how much gravy is "smothered" because that was not an insignificant amount of gravy, and it was also all over the potatoes and biscuits, so what on earth was going on with the Deep South?!

    But the Southwest does something with chicken fried steak I haven't seen elsewhere: The steak sandwich. It was invented in Oklahoma City and is the claim to fame for a local chain, Del Rancho, but it is also sold at Braum's, a more regional fast food/dairy. When I first moved to the northeast, seeing "steak sandwich" on the menu made me feel so homesick, because it means something COMPLETELY different. And then I went vegan and presumed my chicken fried steak days were over. But your recipe looks really good and I might be able to use it to make that steak sandwich someday.


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