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Pumpkin Soup and Apple-Sage Sausage

Posted by trktos on 5-December-2009

Couple of inches of snow on the ground here … perfect soup weather. And any weather’s perfect for sausage, right? Tonight we had pumpkin soup. Or rather I had pumpkin soup – Evin chose to finish off leftovers from last night because he doesn’t like soup. And I made a third attempt at cloning Field Roast’s Apple Sage Sausages. I’ve only tried the store-bought version once, so it’s difficult to remember but I’m pretty sure these are fairly close. And tasty, for sure.

Apple Sage Sausage, Take III (attempt I here, attempt II here)


  • 1 1/2 cups vital wheat gluten (1 6 ounce box)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 2 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tbsp ground sage
  • 1 tsp ground fennel
  • sprinkle curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup dried apples, chopped finely
  • 95 grams (about 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp) finely diced potatoes, microwaved for about 2 minutes
  • 2 tsp marmite
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, microplaned
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp spicy brown mustard
  • 1 tsp A1 sauce
  • 1 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp soy plus water to equal 2/3 cup


  1. Mix wheat gluten, nutritional yeast and apples in one bowl, set aside.
  2. Mix remaining ingredients, add to wheat gluten mix.
  3. Knead to combine.
  4. Form into log-shaped pieces. I make 7.
  5. Wrap each piece in aluminum foil, twisting ends to close.
  6. Pressure-steam for 15 minutes after full pressure is achieved. (I was distracted and these cooked at full pressure for a while! I’m glad nothing blew up. They were nicely firm, though, so maybe cook for 20 minutes or so.)
  7. Let the PC lose its steam slowly, for added cooking time.

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