Thursday, May 1, 2008


With a "z". Mmmm.

Bake 'em up. Slather 'em up. Grill 'em up!

Setian Ribbies (altered recipe from the wonderful Fat Free Vegan blog)

1 cup vital wheat gluten
2 teaspoons smoked paprika (though regular works ok)
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 cup water
2 tablespoons tahini or other nut butter
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce

Preheat the oven to 350 and spray an 8x8-inch baking dish with canola oil. Mix the first 5 ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix the water with the nut butter and soy sauce and add it to the dry ingredients. Stir to mix well and then knead lightly in the bowl for a couple of minutes. Make sure the water is cool! Warm water will activate the gluten and make it impossible to work with.

Put the dough into the baking dish and flatten it so that it evenly fills the pan. Take a sharp knife and cut it into 8 strips; then turn the pan and cut those strips in half to form 16 pieces.

Bake for 30 minutes.

Now you can cut the pieces apart completely and either grill them or broil them with bbq slathered on each side. You should be able to either grill them for about 10-minutes per side (medium hot grill) or broil them on low for 5-ish minutes per side. But watch sugar-y sauces the broiler, they are not friends.

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