Yesterday I decided to try frying the leftover sausage mixture that I made a few days ago. To my surprise when I removed “meat” from the refrigerator the texture was more meatlike than when first made.
Baking didn’t yield a product with sausage-like texture. It looked more like a “not so done” puffy biscuit. I decided to try frying this time. Frying was not successful. It seared the outside but did not cook the inside. I put it in the oven to bake it through.
That worked. I also tried it in the waffle iron just for giggles. I was making banana nut waffles.
(I made these sausages on the 21st) A year ago at least I searched the web for a vegan breakfast sausage pattie recipe. I found several but this one appealed to me. I don’t remember why it has taken me so long to try it. Maybe it’s because of the TVP and the Vital Wheat Gluten. I wanted to eat clean back then. I don’t know the source of this recipe so I can’t give the appropriate credit. I gave it a try.
1 c black beans* 1 c veggie broth 2 TBSP olive oil 2 TBSP Tamari 2 TBSP Maple syrup* 1 TBSP sage 1/2 tsp thyme*
1/2 tsp rosemary * 1/2 tsp paprika 1/2 tsp whole fennel seeds* 1/4 c nutritional yeast 1/4 c TVP 1 1/4 c vital wheat gluten Red pepper or cayenne to taste
*My substitutions White beans Rosemary Vitality Essential oil Thyme Vitality Essential Oil 1TBSP ground fennel seeds 1/2 tsp raw blue agave
Soak the TVP for about an hour in the veggie broth. Combine all ingredients. Bake in a 350° oven.
The flavor is good but the texture was not comparable to store bought vegan or vegetarian sausages. On that I was disappointed.
Oh how I remember the aroma of homemade sausage, homemade biscuits, grits and eggs for breakfast at my great-grandparents home. I also remember the first night I was exposed to the smell of the pig slaughtering. My great-grandfather and his neighbors got together and slaughtered the animals at the same time. It was horrific. They made their own sausages and other meat cuts. As bad as it was it was forgotten that breakfast morn.
Now I am not a meat eater and sausages along with hot links are just fond memories. I have found some meat substitute sausages to be satisfying but they are expensive and fattening. So how do I deal with this dilemma? Make my own of course. I discovered a book while searching for something else on Amazon. It is call The Art of Making Vegetarian Sausage by Stanley and Adam Marianski. The majority of the book explains the science of sausage making. This appeals to my chemistry lab mind. I am reading now to get an understanding of the ingredients. Then I can make educated substitutes for things like egg whites.