This is a fun twist on the classic Sausage & Peppers, however I made it vegetarian with the Seitan and put a Latin twist on it. I love seitan and prefer to buy the plain cubed style so I can have it adapt to the cuisine I’m cooking. Seitan has a more meaty texture and tends to do well in richer sauces (think more dark meat style entree’s).
This recipe is for two and I like to serve it over rice, but orzo or cous-cous is fine as well. If you want to go vegan, you can eliminate the cheese. This takes about 45 minutes to prepare.
2 Tablespoons Avocado Oil (I like La Tourangelle)
1 Package of Cubed Seitan
1 Red pepper, seeded and chopped
1 Green pepper, seeded and chopped
1 Yellow pepper, seeded and chopped
1 Jalapeño, chopped (take out seeds if you don’t want spice)
1/2 Red Onion, chopped
3/4 Cup crushed tomatoes
1/2 Cup water
1 Teaspoon ground cumin
Sea salt & ground pepper
1 Tablespoon Bragg Organic Unfiltered Apple Cider
1/4 Cup chopped fresh cilantro (I love cilantro, so I use a lot)
Crumbled Cotija Cheese or Feta Cheese
Start preparing your rice, whichever kind you prefer (white or brown). While the rice is cooking, you can start the entreé. You will need a large heavy skillet or dutch oven for this recipe, and I love cooking in my Le Creuset Dutch Oven. Heats up quickly, cooks evenly with no stick and they’re a breeze to clean. Heat the oil up in the pan and then add all the peppers and onion. Sauteé until they start to get soft, then add the seitan. Sauteé for about 5 minutes and then season with some salt and pepper. Add a little bit of water to deglaze the pan and then add your crushed tomatoes along with the ground cumin and vinegar. Stir and add more water. You do not want the pan to be full of sauce, so add enough water to have your sauce not be so thick.
Let it cook for about 5 minutes and add half of the cilantro. After about 10 minutes, add the rest of your cilantro and finish with some salt and pepper. Portion out over two plates and top with the Cotija Cheese.
Wine pairing? This went exquisite with a richer style rosé like 2016 Paradigm Merlot Rosé from Napa Valley.