Candy and Bitter Vegan Ribs With Lemongrass Bones

Sticky-sweet, tender, fall-off-the-lemongrass-bone seitan ribs from the Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen cookbook is a winner with veg-skeptics. Serve with garlicky mashed potatoes and oven roasted asparagus for a full basic meal. 

What you want:

For the candy and bitter sauce:
2 cups pineapple juice
¼ cup ketchup
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
1 teaspoon purple pepper flakes
¼ cup cornstarch combined with ½ cup chilly water

For the ribs:
3 cups important wheat gluten flour
½ cup complete wheat pastry flour
¼ cup dietary yeast
¼ teaspoon purple pepper flakes
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup diced yellow onion
½ cup diced inexperienced onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 cups candy and bitter sauce, divided
1 cup water
¼ cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce
½ teaspoon liquid smoke
5 stalks lemongrass

What you do:

  1. For the candy and bitter sauce, in a pot, add all elements besides cornstarch slurry combination, stir, and convey to a boil. Cut back warmth to a simmer and cook dinner for 10 minutes. Stir in slurry and take away from warmth. Stir to thicken. Maintain heat till prepared to make use of.
  2. For the ribs, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a big bowl, mix important wheat gluten flour, complete wheat pastry flour, dietary yeast, purple pepper flakes, salt, yellow onion, inexperienced onion, and garlic.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk 1 cup of candy and bitter sauce, water, soy sauce, olive oil, ketchup, sesame oil, scorching mustard, Sriracha, and liquid smoke. Add moist combination to dry and mix. Knead till an elastic dough is shaped. Some onions will fall out—put aside. Let dough relaxation for 20 minutes.
  4. Divide dough into 4 equal items. Flatten items into an oblong form (the dough will nonetheless be very elastic, making this a bit tough, however that is regular) and place on baking sheet. Enable to relaxation for a further 20 minutes.
  5. Take away outer layers from lemongrass and minimize stalks into 4 equal items for a complete of 20 “bones.”
  6. Preheat oven to 350 levels. Reform any dough that has expanded again into rectangles. Push 5 stalks of lemongrass by way of each bit of dough, about 1 inch aside. Repeat till all 4 ribs every have 5 “bones.” Brush every rib generously with remaining 1 cup candy and bitter sauce on either side. Sprinkle reserved onions on high of ribs.
  7. Cowl pan loosely with foil to create a steam tent. Bake for 1 hour. After 1 hour, take away from oven, flip, brush on one other beneficiant layer of sauce, and return to oven for 30 extra minutes, uncovered. 
  8. Take away from oven and brush on a ultimate layer of sauce earlier than serving.
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