I love Michael Ruhlman. (Have you read Ratio?) So much so that when he published an exhaustive and well-recieved big fat tome on Charcuterie, I wanted it. Even though, you know, we don't eat meat, be it salted, smoked, cured, or otherwise. So I resisted, and bought my father-in-law a copy of that other book instead.
She had been simultaneously intrigued and grossed out by this piece in the Huffington Post featuring new-fangled sandwiches from all over the country. With fillings as outlandish as deep-fried lasagna and as obvious as bacon, these sandwiches were ripe for the veganizing. Now all she needed was a ragtag team of writer-cooks and enthusiastic eaters to make it happen.
I was quickly assigned The Spuckie from a sandwich shop in Boston called Cutty's. The original version is packed with hot capicola, salami, mortadella, hand-pulled mozzarella, and carrot-olive salad. We could do the salad part, but clearly some deli meat research was in order. The baby and I headed to the library.
Back at the dining room table with my big fat book of meat (It also features recipes for homemade sauerkraut and preserved lemons. Am I rationalizing, or do I totally need to own this book after all?) I read through visceral instructions on cramming various body parts into something or other's lining and finally skimmed to find seasonings for mortadella.
Six...no...eight (?) logs of seitan later, we were all super-happy with the meat-free results. You can find the recipe for the complete sandwich involving three different kinds of seitan (I know! It's an admitedly labor intensive recipe. But you can make it way simpler by just going to buy some flippin' vegan deli meats.) at NamelyMarly.
She will feature ten crazy new vegan sandwiches over the next couple months all developed by different bloggers and inspired by the sandwiches in the original article. One is filled with barbecue and macaroni and cheese. And there's another that layers sausage inside maple-currant bread pudding. Eep. I'm so excited.
- 1 12-ounce package firm silken tofu
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup Bragg's Liquid Aminos
- 1/4 cup red wine
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground mace
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 2 cups vital wheat gluten
- 1 cup green olives
Add all but the vital wheat gluten and olives to a food processor. Pulse until combined while leaving small bits of tofu (those will visually, at least, mimic the little cubes of fat in the traditional sausage).
In a large bowl, stir the tofu mixture into the vital wheat gluten until you have a soft seitan dough.
Form the dough into a fat oblong ball. Push the olive into the seitan. Wrap tightly with aluminum foil. Place in the prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for 2 hours.
The seitan will feel soft when you take it out of the oven - it will firm up considerably as it cools. Let cool completely before slicing thinly for sandwiches.
Makes about 2 pounds of seitan