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If you’re looking for a vegan holiday roast, look no further than this homemade vegan turkey seitan roast! It’s stuffed with the best fall vegetables, savory vegan stuffing, then served with vegan gravy and a side of cranberry sauce and potatoes au gratin. You can’t go wrong with this one!
What is vital wheat gluten?
Vital wheat gluten is essentially wheat flour stripped of everything except the gluten. This is done by hydrating the wheat flou, then stripping the flour of all starches, leaving just the main protein behind.
This ingredient, also known as “wheat gluten,” “gluten flour” or “wheat meat” is a very popular meat substitute, particularly in Asian cuisine and among Buddhists. It’s well known for its extra chewy, meat-like texture and makes for an amazing chicken, turkey and even beef substitute.
At first, we were intimidated by using vital wheat gluten, but it’s much easier than it seems! Now, we make seitan all the time AND thought why not make our own Tofurky or Field Roast inspired vegan roast? We are super stoked on the outcome and we hope you love it as much as we do!
A few ingredient notes:
- Kabocha squash: This vegetable is compared to the taste and texture of pumpkin and sweet potato combined. Kabocha squash is readily available at our local grocery store in the fall and winter, but if needed, feel free to substitute with cubed pumpkin, butternut, or sweet potato!
- Fresh herbs: This vegan roast is made with a blend of fresh herbs including thyme, sage and rosemary. Fresh herbs are much more flavorful than dried and we highly recommend them over dried.
- Vegan stuffing: For this stuffed holiday roast, you’ll need 1 cup of vegan stuffing. Feel free to use one of our vegan stuffing recipes: Vegan Buttermilk Biscuit Stuffing Everything Bagel Stuffing, or Gluten-Free Sourdough Stuffing. Or, opt for a store-bought version.
- White beans: Beans improve the texture of the vegan roast and add an additional source of protein. We used Great Northern beans, but any white beans will work in a pinch.
- Vital wheat gluten: Bob’s Red Mill has by far our favorite vital wheat gluten, and we would highly recommend you try theirs out for your homemade seitan. Find a store near you that sells it!
- Garbanzo bean flour: Like white beans, garbanzo bean flour (also known as chickpea flour) improves the texture of the roast and makes it soft and chewy.
How to Make a Vegan Holiday Roast
This vegan holiday roast recipe is a bit more involved than most of our recipes. It may be helpful for you to watch us make this vegan roast start to finish before getting started.
- Prepare the vegan roast filling. Mix together the vegetable filling ingredients in a greased medium-sized baking dish and bake for about 40 minutes, mixing halfway through. Once cooked, remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
- Start making the seitan. In a medium-sized bowl, mash the white beans with a fork or potato masher until broken down but still textured. Add the vegan chicken broth and vegan Worcestershire sauce. Mix to combine.
- Make the vital wheat gluten dough. In a separate large-sized bowl, whisk together the vital wheat gluten, nutritional yeast, garlic power, onion powder, poultry seasoning, fresh herbs and salt and pepper. Once uniform, add in the white bean mixture. Mix with a wooden spoon or spatula until a dough-like consistency is reached.
- Knead the dough. Once the mixture has become a dough, switch to kneading the mixture until soft and stretchy, about 5 minutes. Watch how to make it here!
- Roll the seitan dough out into a 12”x10” rectangle. Lay down a layer of foil followed by a layer of parchment paper, then place the seitan dough on top of the parchment. Using your hands or a rolling pin, roll out the dough into a 12”x10” shape.
- Add the filling. Place the roasted vegetables on the lower ⅓ of the seitan rectangle in a tight bundle. Leave about 2” around the edges to prevent the vegetable filling from falling out.
- Roll the vegan roast. Grab the parchment paper layer and use it to roll the bottom half of the seitan over the filling. Continue rolling until the vegan roast is in a log shape. Fold over the sides to seal the vegan roast shut by pinching the sides together to close the seam.
- Wrap the roast in parchment paper and foil. Roll the sides of the parchment paper in and then wrap it up tightly like you would a burrito. Do the same with the foil, then twist the ends of the foil like a peppermint candy to seal the loaf inside.
- Bake! Place the vegan roast on a baking sheet or in a baking dish and bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Rotate the roll every 20 minutes for even cooking.
- Cool and serve. Remove from the oven and let cool before slicing and serving!
You can bake this vegan holiday roast with our vegetable filling made with some of our favorite fall ingredients, but you could really fill this roast with anything you want. Just keep the ratios somewhat similar so the roast isn’t overfilled
Here are a few of our favorite side dishes you could choose to fill your vegan roast with:
- Easy Cranberry Sauce
- Vegan Mashed Potatoes
- Vegan Potatoes Au Gratin
- Vegan Green Bean Casserole
- Easy Vegan Gravy
- Easy Vegan Mac and Cheese
Make it a Wellington
Once the holiday roast has baked and cooled, lightly flour a work surface and roll out puff pastry about ¼” thick. Place the seitan onto the puff pastry and roll the pastry around the seitan loaf. Wet the ends with water, then pinch them together to seal.
Refrigerate it for 30 minutes, then bake for 25 to 30 minutes at 400F, or until the puff pastry is golden brown.
No, vital wheat gluten and flour are very, very different products. There is unfortunately no possible substitute for vital wheat gluten.
If unopened and stored in a cool, dry place, vital wheat gluten can last for several years. Once opened, it is best to use within a year for optimal freshness.
Vital wheat gluten is typically found near the other baking ingredients such as flour and gluten-free flours. It can also sometimes be found in the “health food” section, if it is a smaller grocery store.
If your roast comes out tough, it may have needed to be kneaded a bit more. When making, we suggest kneading for about 5 minutes, or until soft and stretchy.
Although making your own at home is always ideal, sometimes you need a quick entree to bring to a friendsgiving or a last minute get together. Check out this Ultimate Guide to Vegan Holiday Roasts and find a new favorite.
Vegan roast is best enjoyed within a day or two of cooking, but will last in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 week. We have not tested freezing this recipe, but if you give it a try, let us know!
To reheat, place in a baking dish and pour over some vegetable broth. Warm through in the oven at 350 F for about 20 to 30 minutes.
Other Vegan Holiday Recipes You May Enjoy:
- Skillet Biscuit Pot Pie
- Oil-Free Vegan Mac and Cheese
- Vegan White Lasagna
- Easy Veggie Meatloaf
- Vegetable Wellington
- 50 Easy Vegan Christmas Recipes
Nutrition facts label provided by Nutri Fox.
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