BBQ Seitan Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions
Serves 4-5 people
1 Loaf good quality crusty French Bread (I like Ciabatta)
2 Medium sized Yellow Onion
3 8 oz. Packages of Seitan
Salt and Pepper
Your Favorite BBQ Sauce (about 1-1 ½ cups)
Cut the onions in half lengthwise, peel, and then slice into ½ inch strips. In a heavy bottomed skillet over medium high heat, add a couple tablespoons of oil and then add all of the onion to the hot pan. Cook the onions for a few minutes over the hot heat, stirring occasionally, to get them going, then turn the heat down to medium-low. Lightly season the onions with salt and fresh ground pepper and continue cooking for about 15 minutes until the onions are soft and have turned a nice caramelized color. Be sure to stir the onions often to keep them from burning and to ensure that they cook evenly. Remove from the heat and set aside.
Seasoned onions just beginning to cook.
Slice the Seitan into 1/3” strips. In a hot skillet (I use the same dirty skillet I just took the onions out of) heat about 3 tablespoons of oil and them add the Seitan strips. Fry the strips, flipping often until they begin to brown and some pieces start to crisp up. Season with a few dashes of soy sauce and the granulated garlic. Pour enough BBQ sauce over the seitan to thoroughly coat it and continue cooking for a few more minutes until the sauce is hot and gets a bit gooier. Remove from the heat and set aside.
To assemble the sandwiches, I like to brush the inside cut parts of the bread with a bit of olive oil and grill them on a hot pan for a few minutes until it gets crispy and golden brown. Plop a pile of seitan on the bottom piece of bread, add a few spoonfuls of caramelized onions, top with the other piece of bread and get ready for a messy, yummy sandwich.