Homemade Vegan Sweet Italian Sausage… So Easy!
Oh My! Sausage! Yum, Yum, Yum!
It’s so versatile, you can add it to almost anything, from a stir fry to a casserole, and it makes dinner a bit more special. You can make a big Italian sandwich with them, dripping with sauce, or put them on a pizza!
Sausage is a wonderful thing! Especially when it is vegan and has no mystery ingredients, and even more so when it is not those shameful, over seasoned, gross and wettish, store bought (did I mention holy cow expensive!) links! I like them grilled and slathered with sauteed peppers and onions in sauce. It’s heaven on a bun at a BBQ (and the peppers and onions do double duty for carnivorous folk as well!), then perhaps over spaghetti the next night.
This recipe really does have it all: It is easy, it is foolproof , it does not take a long time, and it is really good! The texture is outstanding actually! You can tell that this person knew their sausage.
I stumbled upon this recipe on line, while searching for fun BBQ and grill-out foods for camping trips. After all, the hubby gets treats like juicy steaks, I should have something that is fun food too!
I was hoping for sausage. I even contemplated driving the 20 miles I would have to to go get some veggie sausage at our not-so-local health market. But, alas, time , business and weekend camping trip preparations would not allow such frivolous use of time ( not to mention gas!).
So, I came across this blog, The Vegan Dad, which is now defunct, but, thank the veggie munching Gods!, is still up. He posted the recipe and gave it a rave reviews, which gave me enough confidence in it to give it a whirl! (There is his take on it.. on a bun, dressed and eaten like a hot dog!)
And, besides, the ingredients were simple and available in my kitchen (vital wheat gluten is the only thing that you may not have in your average pantry, but it is readily available). Now, he got the recipe from its originator, a site called Post Punk Kitchen. It is Simple Italian Sausage by Isa Chandra. Make sure you bookmark that page now, there are allot of good “everyday” things on both these sites! And if you like her sausage, you GOTTA check out her cookbook Vegan with a Vengeance : Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock
And please, please, please, don’t be put off by the fact that you have to steam them and that it takes 40 minutes. It only takes 10 minutes, if that!, to put them together and then then they sit in a pot. Not much effort there. In fact I find these to be a rather easy prep, say compared to marinating tempeh or making my own Seitan! All you need is an inexpensive veggie steamer basket and you’re in business. Not a big deal, this is so worth a try! You’ll impress yourself, I guarantee it!
And once you taste the results, you’ll be ready to alter the seasoning to taste or to make breakfast sausages just the way you like ’em, and you’ll never have to buy those expensive and really not so good boxed sausages again!