Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Irish Stew 2.0

Here is the stew I made for St. Patrick's Day. I have made Irish Stew before but this time I found a secret ingredient that made it even more awesome: Montreal Steak Spice. The pepper adds some kick while the coriander and paprika make for an earthy and hearty tasting stew. I did not have any seitan on hand, so I made "beef" by adapting the vegan sausage recipe and was thus able to whip up a tasty stew fairly quickly. As while most stews, feel free to improvise as you see fit. Here is what I did.

INGREDIENTS
Seitan
- this recipe, made with 1 1/2 cups of wheat gluten, no fennel, and 1 tbsp Montreal steak spice. I also added 1/2 tsp of gravy browner to get the dark brown colour. I then shaped it into a square, wrapped it in foil, and steamed it for 45 mins. I used half of the seitan (and froze the rest), cut it into small cubes and simmered it in the stew for about 30 mins. The end result was pretty good. Not too tough or bouncy.

Stew
- basically this recipe, but I did not use the vinegar or red wine. Instead I used veggie broth and added 2 tbsp Montreal steak spice. A reader commented that this was WAY too much steak spice, so maybe mine is old and less potent. Just add to taste.

14 comments:

VivaciousVegan said...

Hi vegan dad, I really love your food. It is appealing to childern and adults without a ton of strange ingredients taht no one can find. I cannot wait to try this!

Fair Flavors said...

This looks really nice! Thanks for sharing. I've been following your blog for a while now and have recently started my own blog with vegan recipes at http://www.fairflavors.blogspot.com

You're welcome to visit and leave your comments on my recipes :-)

Thanks for all the tasty recipes!

Anna

Marcia said...

this looks so good. I grew up eating Irish stew (the real stuff) and I miss it. Something about potatoes, carrots in a gravy...

Bianca said...

Yum. I'm kinda sad that I didn't make an Irish stew on St. Pat's Day. Oh well. I drank enough beer that night to make up for it. :-)

Stephanie said...

yum!

ashley said...

Looks awesome! I had colcannon potatoes for a themed dinner that evening!

You're awesome for being a vegan parent (and a great blogger!).

Keep it up and I love the recipes.

Rachel said...

I had to leave a comment to say that I absolutely love your blog. I am a newly converted vegan (for health and for compassion). I use your blog as a staple in my searches when I am preparing my weekly meal list. I love the fact that your ingredient choices are not too exotic which makes it easier for me to find in the supermarket which has a very limited health food section. Just keep doing what you are doing because it has been a great inspiration to me thus far.

Veg-a-Nut said...

Oh my gosh Vegan Dad! This looks absolutely amazing! Thanks for this great meal!

whatiwore said...

This looks so good! It even looks doable on my poor 20something budget! Thank you for sharing.

CDR said...

Great recipe, with one technical difficulty: 2 Tbsp of Montreal spice was quite excessive! Of course, the children where quick to alert me when they were clutching their tongues and writhing on the floor, screaming at the peppery-ness. It wasn't a complete flop, though: I scooped out the seitan and veggies, rinsed off the gravy, then made a quick batch of new gravy for the stew. Much better!

Star said...

Is there anyway to make the stew recipe without the alcohol. Being underaged, I can't buy lager and red wine, so I was wondering if there was anything that I could substitute for them? Thank you in advance.

Vegan Dad said...

CDR: I wonder if my steak spice is really old and thus less potent? I will make a note above.

Star: I suppose you could just use more veggie broth. Another possibility is one of the .5% alcohol beers, but I have never tried them.

Star said...

I suppose I will just try using more veggie broth. I've never seen .5% alcohol beer where I live, but then I've never really looked for it, so veggie broth it is. Thank you.

Audrey said...

Can I use this recipe to make steaks? And how to cook, pan fry and then simmer with carmalized onions and gravy? Or steam or bake first.I think a steak rub would also be mice.