Sunday, January 17, 2010
My hubby loves my steam baked seitan cutlets. They are great used as a substitute for chicken breasts but they also work in dishes like this that contain sliced chicken. In order for them to hold their shape you need to add them at the end of cooking, as they will begin to fall apart if simmered too long in the sauce.
Cacciatore means hunters style in Italian. Pollo alla Cacciatora is a dish that is simple braised chicken with mushrooms, onions, tomatoes and pancetta. I have always made this dish with white wine (which I think is traditional). Sage is something that I added for its muskiness. I love the earthiness that sage adds to the dish. It is also good with white beans in the dish. Sometimes I serve if over polenta, but my family prefers pasta so that is what we had tonight. Here is what we had for dinner with a big green salad.
Makes 6 main dish servings
1 cup dried mixed mushrooms
2 cups water
1 red onion, peeled and finely diced
2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely minced (allow to stand 10 minutes before cooking so allicin can develop)
¾ cup dry white wine (like pinot grigio)
28 ounces of diced canned tomatoes
1 teaspoon oregano, dried
½ tablespoon fresh sage leaves, finely minced
½ tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, finely minced
¼ cup black olives, thinly sliced
1 pinch crushed red peppers
3 seitan cutlets, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
4 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely minced
vegan parmesan – optional
1 pound whole-wheat pasta
salt and pepper, to taste
Combine the dried mushrooms and water and microwave until hot (three minutes in my microwave). Allow the mushrooms to sit in the water for 30 minutes to soften.
Fill a large pot with 6 quarts of water to cook the pasta. Bring the water to a boil and add a tablespoon of kosher salt before you cook the pasta.
Cook the onions and garlic in white wine until they are soft. Then add the tomatoes, oregano, sage, rosemary, olives and crushed red peppers and simmer for 30 minutes while the mushrooms are softening.
Strain the mushrooms soaking liquid through a cheesecloth lined fine wire mesh strainer. Place the soaking liquid in the tomato sauce pan. Chop the mushrooms so that they are bite size and add them to the tomato sauce pan.
When you toss the pasta into salted water to cook add the seitan cutlets and red bell pepper to the tomato sauce and cook to heat both through.
Drain the pasta and add it to the tomato sauce pan and toss to coat with sauce. Taste the pasta for seasoning and add salt and pepper as desired.
Top the pasta with fresh minced parsley and vegan parmesan for garnish. This dish would be great with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil over the top if you want to take the taste over the top.
Amount Per Serving
Calories - 452.12
Calories From Fat (5%) - 24.44
Total Fat - 2.79g
Saturated Fat - 0.48g
Cholesterol - 0mg
Sodium - 443.91mg
Potassium - 662.24mg
Total Carbohydrates - 79.7g
Fiber - 10.6g
Sugar - 5.55g
Protein - 26.9g
This is a very mild dish that would be appropriate for people that don’t like a lot of “heat” in their food. If you like things spicy add more crushed red pepper flakes. Had I been making this just for the hubby and I it would have had much more heat.
Sage, rosemary and wine give this dish a heady earthy aroma. If you like fresh sage you will enjoy this dish. I added the red bell peppers at the very end of cooking to keep as much vitamin C in the dish as possible. Since vitamin C is heat sensitive I try to cook foods that contain a lot of C as little as possible.
Traditional Italian pasta dishes contain a small amount of sauce (similar to a dressing on salad). If you like your pasta to have more sauce I would suggest that you add 14 ounces of tomato sauce to the pot, at a minimum.
Each serving of this dish contained approximately 1,175IU of vitamin A, 50mg of vitamin C, 140mg of calcium, 6mg of iron, 85mcg of folate, 50mcg of vitamin K, 320mg of phosphorus, 150mg of magnesium, and 15mcg of selenium.
Tomorrow is a little up in the air at my house. I hope to be home to spend some quality relaxing time in the kitchen, however the universe may be conspiring against me. At a minimum I hope to get the final recipe posted on the Ad Hoc site from last week. With a little luck there will be more than one post tomorrow.
I hope you are all having a great evening. Talk to you tomorrow