taaaank (tendollarwine) wrote in vegancooking,

Seitan Gyros

1 tomato
Pita bread
Cucumber sauce.. (go to the end for that)

I used about 4 cups of wheat flour for the seitan in this dish. Once again, the stock smelled AMAZING (veggies and seasonings including 5 garlic cloves, lots of pepper corns, cinnamon, basil, oregano, cumin..) and once again, none of that flavor transferred into the seitan! I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but suggestions are welcome. Anywho, I cooked it in smaller chunks and kinda chopped those up, warmed some pita, topped it with lettuce and tomatoes and seitan and drizzled the cucumber sauce over the top. For a first try, it tasted pretty freakin' great. But the cucumber sauce was a total disaster. I found the recipe on some greek cooking website and since I had about 5 million things going on at once, I didn't pay close enough attention to the directions. Well. Here, just read the following...

Ingredients (I doubled this though, cause I'm super smart):

1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and coarsely chopped
6 oz plain soy yogurt
1/3 teaspoon dried dill weed
1.5 teaspoons sugar or sweetener
1/8 teaspoon celery salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
Pinch of cayenne

I just read the part of the directions that said to blend it all up in a food processor. But I missed the part that said to pulse the cucumbers first, making a puree of sorts, and draining the juice out, saving the pulp... THEN add the rest and blend it. So, needless to say, my sauce was watery. And the sweetener was gross. So I neutralized that with a bit of lemon juice. (Acidic liquids can cancel out sugars very well). Then I added a couple scoops of veganaise to mellow it out a bit and try to thicken it. Then chilled it for a few hours. In the end it wasn't terrible, but it could have been better. Definitely not as creamy as the real thing, and kind of overpowering. But just a little bit drizzled and mixed with everything else was actually pretty good. So good, in fact, that I ate 2 of them! But if anyone else has a great cucumber sauce recipe, please let me know! I looked around in the archives and couldn't find anything. I am dead-set on making the perfect sauce!! And in the meantime, does anyone want 2+ cups of leftover watery sauce?...
Tags: ethnic food-greek, seitan
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