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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)

Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions:

  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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