Okay. I know what you’re thinking. I really do. Meatless sausage is sort of an odd concept: ironic at best and oxymoronic at worst. But I promise you, these patties will make you a believer. A meatless *gasp* vegan sausage convert. Honest.
I found the original recipe at Hell Yeah It’s Vegan! (Awesome site, btw.) The flavoring was not quite what we were looking for, so I did a bit of tweaking to end up with something that matched our “sausage tastes,” and it has now become one of those staples I make nearly every week (they freeze beautifully).
These are great on their own, or substituted into recipes that call for a traditional pork sausage (such as biscuits and gravy, sausage-cornbread stuffing with toasted pecans, or homemade calzones). Hope you enjoy them!
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You may not readily have some of these ingredients in your pantry. If not, don’t panic. Most of them (like the textured vegetable protein, oat bran, and nutritional yeast) are easy to find in bulk at Whole Foods, Co-Ops, or similar healthfood-type stores. I tend to buy roughly 2 cups at a time and store them in recycled glass jars in my pantry.
1/2 cup textured vegetable protein (tvp)
1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup oat bran
1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp sage
1/2 tsp rosemary
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 cup vegetable broth (or water in a pinch)
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp maple syrup
1/4 tsp molasses
Your favorite high-heat oil, for frying
- Combine the tvp and boiling water in a small bowl or pyrex measuring cup. Stir and set aside for 5 min.
- Put the rest of the dry ingredients in a medium to large bowl, stirring gently to combine.
- Make a well in center of your dry ingredients and add all the wet ingredients (save the oil). Stir well, adding the tvp mixture once the 5 min are up.
- Shape into patties and fry in hot oil over medium-high heat, approximately 2-3 min per side. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately.
- Patties can be refrigerated for up to a week or frozen for up to 6 months. To reheat frozen patties, place on a microwave safe dish and cover with a wet paper towel. Microwave on high 1 min (for 2 patties) to 1 min 30 seconds (for 4).