Vegan Sausage Links

On my “real food” quest to make as much of our food from scratch, I have been searching for recipes to replace packaged items I would normally purchase.

I have a couple recipes I like to prepare using Grain Company sausage (either the Italian or the Apple Sage). Even before this recent Real Food endeavor, though, preparing my own sausage has been one of my cooking goals. Store-bought sausage gets expensive, and it contains extra ingredients needed to extend the shelf life.  Honestly I’ve only put off learning to prepare my own out of a lack of free time.

I have been quite pleased with the breakfast sausage patties I’ve prepared, but I definitely needed something for dinner recipes, something similar to Grain Company sausages. I found the perfect recipe over at Isa’s PPK blog. I was short a couple of ingredients so I did modify it slightly, using Liquid Smoke instead of soy sauce. It has been a real hit around here, and the family loves it. This goes great in any recipe calling for sausage, and can also be eaten as a vegan hotdog . One more item I no longer need to buy prepackaged!

Vegan Sausage

1/2 cup white beans, mashed

1 cup stock

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp liquid smoke

1 1/4 cup vital wheat gluten

1/4 cup nutritional yeast

1 tsp ground fennel seed

1 tsp garlic granules

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp thyme

dash of ground pepper

After mashing the beans in a mixing bowl, add the ingredients in the order listed. Mix well. Divide into four to six portions and mold into thick “snakes”. Wrap tightly in foil and steam for 40 minutes. Wrapping the sausages tightly is important to keep the sausage from puffing up as it cooks, so don’t slack here. I used my vegetable steamer, which worked great, but a large pot with a steamer tray or covered colander would do just fine. Sausage is cooked and ready to eat or go into recipes.




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