Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Seitan Piccata

It's that cooking with alcohol thing again. And yet another one from Veganomicon. This was one of the first recipes that caught my eye when I got the book because, well what's not to love about wine, capers and olives? I think I made a bit of a mess with the plating and I overcooked the green beans just a bit but still it was a nice dinner. I have to say though that I'm not totally sold on the idea of serving it with mashed potatoes. Maybe it's a texture thing or maybe it's just that the piccata sauce just seems too sophisticated for the lowly mashed potatoes. Maybe next time I'll try it with pasta, or better yet polenta.

13 comments:

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Oooh, yum!

Anni said...

This looks delicious. We got our book in the mail today, and we're having chick pea cutlets and red wine roux for dinner... But this will be among the next things we try - thanks for helping me to choose.

But hey, mashed potatoes are definitely not lowly in my opinion, they're worthy of the best accompaniments!

Cherie said...

Looks beautiful, even if better served with something else! :)

Chris said...

I stand corrected anni ;-)

Kate said...

yuummmyyy.

SaraJane said...

Maybe try adding something to your mashed potatoes? Roasted Garlic, maybe? That might kick them up a bit.

VeggieGirl said...

mmm, the seitan piccata looks wonderful - and hey, the plating looks perfect to me!! yeah, piccata dishes ARE usually served with pasta, so I imagine that the pasta WILL be a better accompaniment for the seitan dish, than the mashed potatoes :0)

Anni said...

Okay, now I'm convinced, an Italian dish is probably best served with pasta!

Chris: I think that piccata is traditionally served with polenta, if you like that better.

I might have been a little too sensitive about my potatoes, it's just that they're practically the national food of Finland... But I do agree with sarajane, I just made mashed potatoes with coconut milk and even that little tweak made them so much more exciting.

Chris said...

Now that sounds like a great idea Anni.

the pleasantly plump vegan said...

yeah, the polenta sounds perfect

springsandwells said...

that looks good. I made the basic seitan from veganomicon, and it came out super mushy. Ick. Even as a big time sietan fan, it cannot be saved. Bummer. However, when I am successful with some seitan, I'll give this a try. It's exciting to see which recipes people are making!
:)

Chris said...

That is a bummer Amey. I haven't tried that updated V-con seitan recipe yet. I usually do the VwaV recipe if I want a huge batch or one of the La Dolce Vegan recipes if I want a smaller batch or different flavor.

Tofu Mom (AKA Tofu-n-Sprouts) said...

Someday I'll be independently wealthy or at least have a credit card - heh - and own these cookbooks too... I am just insanely jealous of all the delicious sounding - and LOOKING - recipes! YUM!