I'm not really sure where I went wrong here. The red seitan from Viva Vegan turned out great. Not rubbery, not dry, not weird tasting. And so, I thought I'd give the more chicken-like version ("Steamed White Seitan") a go. I followed all the directions and made up some sausages and a cutlet or two.
I steamed them in the foil for the appropriate length of time. I let them firm up in the fridge for a day. Then I fried the sausage one up to put in some spaghetti. It looked gorgeous and browned beautifully. I was so hopeful that I was now going to have a go-to chicken sausage recipe for spaghetti nights.
I mean, look at that! Yum!
And then we started eating... and it was not so yum. Everyone was quiet, but not in that "the food is so good and my mouth is too full to talk" kind of way. The first thing that came out of anybody's mouth was:
And they were right, I suppose. I've never actually eaten playdough (though I have written articles about it, and plenty) but it did have that playdough sort of smell when I put it in my mouth. I spit it right back out. This stuff was not good. I threw out the whole batch. I don't know how I could have fixed it, really.
I can only conclude that I messed up somewhere along the way. Was my steamer too full? Did I miss a step? Did I forget to add something or maybe did I not add enough liquid? Has anyone else made this recipe with success and should I give it another go?