Thinly sliced seitan absorbs the flavor of the rich mushroom sauce in these German “hunter’s cutlets.” You can use any kind of mushrooms you like, but I prefer using a variety of different kinds to add interest and flavor dimension to the dish. Recipe from Vegan Without Borders* by Robin Robertson/Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC ©2014, reprinted by permission. Photos by Sara Remington.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 seitan cutlets or 8 ounces seitan, thinly sliced
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 small yellow onion or 2 shallots, minced
- 1 teaspoon tomato paste
- 8 ounces fresh mushrooms (single variety or assorted), thinly sliced
- ⅓ cup dry white wine
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- ½ to 1 teaspoon caraway seeds, crushed or whole
- 1 teaspoon sweet Hungarian paprika
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme (optional)
- 1½ cups vegetable broth
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch, dissolved in 2 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon browning sauce (optional; Kitchen Bouquet or Gravy Master are vegan)
- ½ cup vegan sour cream, homemade or prepared
Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the seitan and season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook until browned on both sides, about 5 minutes. Remove the seitan from the skillet and set aside on a plate. (Cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.)
Return the skillet to the heat and add the remaining tablespoon of oil. Add the onion and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes.
Add the tomato paste, mushrooms, wine, soy sauce, caraway seeds, paprika, and thyme, if using. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 3 minutes.
Stir in the broth and bring to a boil, stir in the cornstarch mixture, decrease the heat to a low simmer and cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce has thickened and the mushrooms are tender, 2 to 3 minutes.
Stir in the browning sauce, if using, and then stir in the sour cream. Taste and adjust the seasonings, if needed. Return the seitan to the skillet and continue to cook until the seitan is heated through.
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Is there a sub for the sweet Hungarian paprika?
Sarah, you can use any kind of paprika, and if you prefer, you can even try the spicier smoked paprika. If you don't have or don't care for any of those seasonings, just use whatever kind of spice or flavoring you like — this should please your palate, above all.