Sunday, October 20, 2013

My very own Spanish Vegizo

One of the things I miss the most from my carnivore days are the sausages, especially chorizo.  However, I realized that what I really liked was the flavor and not so much the texture of the meat. A few months ago, I prepared a dish with soy veggie crumbles and one of the ingredients I used was "Pimentón de la Vera", which is nothing more than smoked paprika.  Oh boy, I thought I had hit the jackpot.  Instantly, I realized that the flavor was no other than the flavor I much loved of the Spanish chorizo.  I thought, "If only I could make vegetarian chorizo (vegizo)".  I know we can find vegetarian sausages in the market, but their sodium content is very high, and not to mention the artificial flavors and ingredients one cannot pronounce that makers use in order to preserve these particular items. No no, I want to make my own vegetarian sausages at home.

My quest began right there.  After a few tries I finally found a recipe online that could take me to where I wanted to go, and it did.  This is my first try, and it was a success.  The best part of this is that now, at home, I can make my own Italian, German, Mexican or Spanish vegetarian sausages.  I am very excited about this. 

This recipe gave me eight.


Ingredients:


  • 1/2 cup red beans
  • 1/3 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 Tbsps. Tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsps. water
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/4 cup vital wheat gluten
  • 1/4 cup yeast
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsps. Hungarian paprika
  • 3Tbsps. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. dry oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions:

     1.  In a bowl, mash the beans until they look like a puree. Add the broth, tomato paste, vinegar, olive oil, water, garlic and whisk well. 
     2.  With the help of a fork, stir in the gluten and blend it in well until a dough forms.  Add the yeast and combine it well.  Add now the herbs and spices and mix them in, knead the mixture like you do a pizza dough to blend everything together.  Give the dough a round shape and set aside.


 3. Cut eight pieces of foil paper and have them ready.  Section the dough until you get the amount of vegizos you desire.  Roll each section into a log and wrap into a piece of foil paper, twisting the ends like you would a hard candy.


     4.   Have a steamer basket with boiling water ready and add the foiled up vegizos to the basket.  Steam for 40 minutes.


  5.   Let it cool and voila, you have your wonderful vegizos. 

I will be making this very often.  Of course we will continue to buy chorizos because my hubby is not a vegetarian, buy I finally found what I had been looking for.

If you aren't a vegetarian but are looking to cut down on red meat, please make this recipe, you won't regret it.  And for my fellow vegetarians out there, we have hit the jackpot! 

Let me know what you think.

Buon Appetito!

10 comments:

Veronica Cervera said...

Espectacular. Me muero por probarlos.
Besitos.

Niki Palomino said...

Te van a gustar :) Gracias por llegarte por mi cocina. Besos.

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Autism United said...

Interesting idea.
Now I am thinking about sausage, which I haven't had in years, mouth is watering.
Will have to give a go.

Niki Palomino said...

Hello Vincent,

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Regards,

Niki

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