About this recipe:This roast is made with soaked bread, vegetables and seitan, which is wrapped in a layer of puff pastry before being baked. The thinly rolled puff pastry mimics the crispy skin of a roast turkey. The result is a delicious vegetarian treat.
900g multigrain bread
2 tablespoons margarine
2 carrots, finely chopped
2 large sticks celery, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon dried sage, crumbled
ground black pepper to taste
5 1/2 teaspoons egg replacer (dry)
125ml vegetable stock
900g chicken-style seitan, cut horizontally into 2.5cm thick strips
250ml vegan bean gravy
1 (500g) block puff pastry, thawed if frozen
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Tear bread into 2.5cm cubes and place into a large bowl. Let bread dry in the bowl, uncovered, at least 8 hours.
Melt margarine in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Stir in carrots, celery and onion. Cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned golden brown, about 10 minutes. Scrape onion mixture into the bowl with the dried bread; season with parsley, sage and pepper. Whisk egg replacer, water and vegetable stock in a small bowl until smooth. Pour over bread cubes and gently fold until evenly mixed. Let stand 30 minutes to allow bread to absorb the liquid.
Preheat an oven to 200 C / Gas 6. Line a baking tray with foil and coat with cooking oil spray.
Brush seitan with gravy on both sides; arrange overlapping slices on foil in a row, mounding in the centre. Press stuffing mixture around seitan to cover. Wet hands lightly and press into a neat oval. Roll pastry sheets out to 1.5mm thickness; arrange, overlapping slightly, to make a large rectangle. Seal edges with dabs of cold water. Drape pastry over mound; trim excess away from bottom. Use scraps to cut out decorative shapes (leaves, apples, etc). Attach with dabs of cold water.
Bake until the pastry in deep golden brown, 1 to 1 1/4 hours. Cover the pastry with foil if it begins to brown too much.
Egg replacer can be found in health stores or online.
Seitan is wheat gluten used as imitation meat. It can be found in Chinese/Oriental stores in tins.
Vegan bean gravy
Found at http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/9484/garbanzo-bean-gravy.aspx