Have you ever had a craving for steak but didn’t want to indulge in meat? Perhaps you’re a vegetarian, vegan or just looking to reduce your meat intake? Well, I have the perfect recipe for you: baked fake steak with gravy.
Now, you might be thinking that fake steak sounds unappetizing or bland, but I assure you it’s quite the opposite. This recipe is packed with flavor and texture that will satisfy any carnivorous cravings. And the best part is, it’s entirely plant-based!
As an assistant to a BBQ chef, I’ve seen hundreds of steaks grilled to perfection. But it wasn’t until I discovered this vegan version that I truly realized the potential of plant-based meals. The combination of ingredients used in this recipe might seem unconventional at first glance but trust me when I say they work together like magic.
The ingredients are easy to find and affordable, and the recipe itself is straightforward to follow. Plus, you can customize the seasonings and toppings to your liking. So why not give it a try? You might be surprised at how delicious vegan steak can taste.
In this article, I’ll walk you through all the steps on how to make baked fake steak and gravy from scratch. By the end of this tutorial, you’ll be cooking vegan seitan like a pro!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Attention, all food lovers and vegans! Do you want to unleash your inner chef and impress your taste buds? Look no further than this Fake Steak Recipe! This recipe will make you forget that you ever liked real beef. Here’s why this recipe should be on every vegan’s to-do list:
First of all, it’s affordable. In a world where steak prices can break the bank, this vegan steak made of gluten flour, rolled oats, and walnuts offers a cheap steak taste for a fraction of the price. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to make with only a handful of ingredients.
Secondly, if you’re looking to cut down on your environmental footprint, this Vegan Seitan Steak is your answer. Not only are you avoiding the negative effects of livestock farming on the environment but also helping to cut greenhouse gas emissions [source], providing a nutritious vegan option.
Thirdly, who doesn’t love gravy? The baked fake steak gravy in this recipe is out-of-this-world good, using soy sauce and nutritional yeast flakes mixed with water and salt for an umami-rich sauce that perfectly complements its tender texture.
Finally, the versatility of this dish is amazing. You can serve it alongside some fries or roasted veggies for a steak frites recipe, or in gravy-covered comfort food like mashed potatoes or rice pilaf for a mock steak meal that’ll feel just like grandma used to make.
If I haven’t convinced you yet to try out this recipe, trust me: it tastes just like the real thing, but better! So what are you waiting for? Impress your friends and family with this tantalizing fake steak recipe today!
Here are all of the ingredients you will need to make this deliciously satisfying fake steak recipe:
For the Fake Steak:
- 3/4 cup of vital wheat gluten flour
- 1/2 cup of rolled oats
- 1/4 cup of finely chopped walnuts
- 2 tbsp of nutritional yeast flakes
- 2 tsp of onion powder
- 1 tsp of garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp of black pepper
- 3/4 cup of water
- 1 tbsp of soy sauce
For the Steak Gravy:
- 2 cups of vegetable broth
- 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp of soy sauce
- 1/4 tsp of onion powder
- 1/4 tsp of garlic powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
The ingredient list is relatively short, and several items may already be in your kitchen. You can use gluten flour (vital wheat gluten) to make a vegan steak that’s high in protein while being low on carbs. Rolled oats, finely chopped walnuts, water, and soy sauce provide additional flavors and textures that simulate a real beef steak. Finally, you’ll need nutritional yeast flakes, onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper to season the steak. The gravy recipe uses vegetable broth as the base and combines with other common pantry items like all-purpose flour, soy sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. These easy to find ingredients will help you create an outstanding masterpiece!
The Recipe How-To
Now that we’ve covered the ingredients and why you’ll love this fake steak recipe, it’s time to get cooking! Trust me, whipping up these steaks is a lot simpler than it may seem.
Step 1: Mix the Dry Ingredients
In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of gluten flour, 1/2 cup of rolled oats and 1/4 cup of finely chopped walnuts. Add in 1 tablespoon of garlic powder, 1 tablespoon of onion powder, 1 teaspoon of black pepper and 3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast flakes. Mix well.
Step 2: Whisk in Wet Ingredients
In another mixing bowl, whisk together 3/4 cups of water, 1/4 cup of soy sauce and 2 tablespoons of warm water. Slowly pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture as you continue mixing until both mixtures are completely combined. Knead with your hands to form a ball.
Step 3: Shape Your Fake Steaks
Divide the dough into three or four sections depending on how large you want your steaks to be. Shape each section into a flat disk approximately 1/2 inch thick resembling a steak.
Step 4: Bake Your Fake Steaks
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Dip each side of each steak in a bowl filled with 1/3 cup of breadcrumbs until fully coated. Place the steaks on a lightly oiled baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes.
Step 5: Make the Steak Gravy
While waiting for the baked fake steaks to cook, prepare the gravy by mixing together in a skillet over low heat 4 tablespoons of vegan margarine, 4 teaspoons of dry bread crumbs, 4 teaspoons of nutritional yeast flakes and 2 cups of milk divided in 1/3 cups. Add salt and ground black pepper to taste.
Step 6: Serve Your Delicious Vegan Steak!
Once both the fake steak and gravy are ready, serve by placing one piece on a plate with some gravy on top for maximum flavor. You can also add some sautéed onions on top for extra flavor if you’d like.
That’s it! With just these simple steps, you can make an incredibly tasty and guilt-free vegan seitan steak frites recipe that will satisfy your craving for good-old-fashioned steak!
Substitutions and Variations
Sometimes, I like to play around with the ingredients I use in a recipe to add some variety or cater to different preferences. Here are some substitutions and variations that can be made to this recipe:
– To make a gluten-free version of this recipe, substitute the gluten flour with chickpea flour or rice flour in equal amounts. Keep in mind that the texture may differ slightly.
– For a nut-free version, replace the walnuts with sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds.
– To make the fake steak even richer in flavor, consider adding some liquid smoke to the mixture. A few drops go a long way!
– I sometimes like to add different herbs and spices to my fake steak mixture for more depth of flavor. Try experimenting with oregano, thyme, smoked paprika, or cumin.
– If you prefer a thicker gravy, simply reduce the amount of water used when making it. Alternatively, for a thinner gravy, increase the amount of water.
– For those who are vegan but want a different texture or taste than just fake steak with gravy, try using this mock tender steak recipe instead. It uses similar ingredients but is shaped differently and cooked differently, giving it a unique texture.
No matter which variations you choose to explore, remember to take note of your ingredient substitutions so that you can achieve consistent results each time you make this recipe!
Serving and Pairing
Once you have baked your delicious fake steak, it’s time to serve and enjoy your creation. This vegan steak made of protein-packed ingredients shares a similar texture and flavor to meat. And let me tell you, you won’t miss the real beef!
One of my favorite ways to serve fake steak is to pair it with hearty sides. A baked potato or sweet potato makes an excellent accompaniment. Topping with vegan butter and chopped chives will add more flavor to your dish.
Another fantastic combination is having your fake steak served with classic steamed veggies like asparagus, broccoli, or green beans. These are a good source of fiber and nutrients that complement the protein in the fake steak.
You can also go for the ultimate indulgence by preparing a serving of french fries with a side of gravy. Yes! You heard right; our irresistible recipe is perfect when served “steak frites” style. Our vegan steak recipe paired with fries and smothered with gravy is pure heaven.
Pairing your fake steak with a robust red wine is also a good option for those who love alcoholic beverages. The wine’s flavor will balance the savory taste of your dish and create an elegant dining experience.
In summary, this versatile vegan seitan or fake steak can be paired with various side dishes, from healthy greens to indulgent french fries, depending on what tickles your taste buds. So don’t be afraid to experiment and create new combinations that work best for you!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
This Fake Steak Recipe is a great option for meal prep enthusiasts or those who like to cook in batches. You can prepare this recipe in advance, store it properly and reheat it when you need it.
To make-ahead, simply follow the recipe instructions and bake the fake steaks. Once they are cooked, let them cool down to room temperature before storing them. You can keep the baked fake steaks in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days.
To reheat, you can simply pan-fry the baked fake steaks over medium heat until they are warmed through. Make sure to not overcook them as it can dry out the meaty texture. Alternatively, you can also reheat them in a preheated oven at 350°F for about 10 to 15 minutes or until they are just heated through.
If you want to freeze the baked fake steaks for later use, first make sure that they have cooled down completely before wrapping them individually with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. You can store them in an airtight container or resealable freezer bag and freeze for up to three months.
To thaw frozen fake steaks, simply transfer them from the freezer to the refrigerator and let them thaw overnight. Once they have thawed completely, you can reheat using any of the methods mentioned above.
It is important to note that reheating the fake steaks multiple times can affect their texture and flavor. Therefore, it is recommended to only reheat what you plan to consume immediately rather than reheating the entire batch repeatedly.
Tips for Perfect Results
Making fake steak is relatively easy, but getting the perfect flavor and texture can be tricky. Here are some tips to help you achieve perfect results every time you make this recipe:
1. Don’t skimp on the seasonings: Salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and nutritional yeast flakes all contribute to the savory flavor of fake steak. Be sure to use the amounts called for in the recipe.
2. Add enough liquid: The recipe calls for 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup of soy sauce, which provides both moisture and umami flavor. If your dough seems too dry, add a little more warm water until it forms a workable dough.
3. Knead well: Fake steak dough needs to be kneaded well for at least 10 minutes to develop the gluten strands that give it a chewy texture.
4. Let it rest: After shaping your fake steaks, let them rest for at least 15 minutes before baking. This allows the gluten strands to relax and gives the fake steaks a better texture.
5. Bake until firm: Fake steaks should be baked in a 350°F oven for 30-35 minutes until they are firm to the touch. If they are still mushy, bake them a little longer.
6. Make the gravy: The gravy is an important component of this recipe as it adds moisture and flavor to the baked fake steaks. Use the reserved broth from baking, flour, and onion to create it.
By following these tips, you can ensure that your fake steaks have the perfect savory flavor and chewy texture that will fool even meat-eaters.
As any good recipe, it is natural to have some questions about the preparation process, ingredients or possible substitutions. Therefore, in this section, we have put together some frequently asked questions to help you on your way to making a delicious and satisfying fake steak.
How do you make fake steak?
To start, grab a large mixing bowl and combine a whopping 1 and 3/4 cups of milk, bread crumbs, onions, salt, and pepper. Give it a good stir before crumbing up the beef into the mixture. You’ll want to ensure that the beef is spread evenly throughout the mixture, so mix well. Once you’ve done that, start forming the patties into ovals. Each one should be around 4 inches long and 2 and a half inches wide. Pop them into the oven at 350 degrees, uncovered, for 15 minutes, and don’t forget to drain them after. Lastly, it’s time to bring some creaminess into the equation – combine soup and the rest of the milk and pour the mixture over the patties.
How to make fake beef meat?
To start off, let’s make the marinade. Simply grab a bowl and mix together some vegetable broth, soy sauce, tomato paste, vegan Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, smoked paprika, and black pepper. If you’re planning on making taco meat, add around 2-3 teaspoons of taco seasoning to the mix. After that, add in the TVP and give it a good stir. Let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes to fully marinate the TVP.
How do you make cheap steak taste like an expensive steak?
Are you looking to elevate the taste of your steak without breaking the bank? Well, here’s a little secret: salt is the key ingredient! That’s right, something as simple as sprinkling salt on your steak can take it from ordinary to extraordinary.
What is vegan steak made of?
This savory vegan steak is crafted from seitan (vital wheat gluten), together with a blend of other flavorful ingredients such as marmite, soy sauce, and nutritional yeast that closely mimic the taste of meat.
In conclusion, this fake steak recipe is a game-changer for both vegans and meat-eaters looking to cut down on their meat consumption. With just a few simple ingredients, you can achieve the taste and texture of a tender steak without harming any animals or breaking the bank.
Not only is this recipe affordable and easy to make, but it’s also customizable to fit your taste preferences. You can adjust the seasoning and even mix in different ingredients to create your own unique variations of this dish.
But what’s most exciting about this recipe is that it opens up new possibilities for vegetarian and vegan cuisine. With innovations like fake steak, we can continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible in the plant-based world and make it more accessible to those who are hesitant to give up meat.
So why not give this recipe a try? Whether you’re craving a juicy steak or just want to add some variety to your meals, this baked fake steak with gravy is sure to satisfy. Trust me, you won’t even miss the real thing.
Fake Steak Recipe
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 3/4 cups warm water
- 2 1/2 cups gluten flour
- 12 cups water
- 1 cup Braggs liquid aminos or 1 cup soy sauce
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 teaspoon salt (optional)
- For Broth:
- Combine all ingredients in a large stock pot. Bring to a boil and let simmer 15 minutes prior to adding steaks.
- For Steaks:
- In a blender, combine first six ingredients. Process approximately 1 – 2 minutes – until smooth. Pour into mixing bowl. Using the dough hook, add gluten flour and process 3 – 4 minutes until smooth and forms into a rubbery ball. Remove dough and divide into two parts. Shape each part into a log shape approximately two inches around. Slice each log into 1/4 inch slices. Drop steak slices into boiling broth. When all steak slices are in the broth, turn heat down to a slow simmer and cook approximately 1 – 2 hours. Steak pieces will almost double in size and become lighter in color. Remove from broth and use in any recipe asking for gluten steaks or grind steaks and use in place of burger. Enjoy!
- Brenda Walsh, one of the sisters, says she likes to use this recipe for so many things, such as placing the steaks on a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray and baking for 30 minutes. This changes the texture to a slightly more “chewy” consistency. Then placing them in a baking dish and pouring mushroom soup over them and baking for 1 hour. Delicious and easy! She also likes to make “steak” sandwiches with them. Try frying these with onions, placing them in a baking dish, pouring canned tomatoes over them and baking for one hour.
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Shara loves to experiment with different flavors and techniques when it comes to BBQ. She has been perfecting her craft for years and loves hosting backyard BBQs with friends & family. She often comes up with creative recipes that her guests rave about.