The reason this recipe has taken so long to appear on here, is simply because I had intended to tweek it a bit before posting it, so that it had a slightly better balance between the lentil and seitan texture, as I found it a little on the drier mashed lentil side, HOWEVER, life seemed to ramp up and I didn’t get a chance to tweek, so knowing it’s still pretty darn delicious, I figured I’d post and work on another “steak” recipe again at another time!

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  • 1/2 c. red lentils (dry)
  • 1 1/2 c. vegetable broth (divided, 1 c. and 1/2 c.)
  • 1/4 c. chick pea flour
  • 1 c. vital wheat gluten
  • 1 c. panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp. drops of liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp. vegan worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. montreal steak spice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • oil for cooking

Mushroom Gravy (yield 6 cup)

  • 4 oz. cremini mushrooms, chopped finely
  • 2/3 c. yellow onion, chopped finely
  • 1/2 c. olive oil
  • 1/2 c. flour
  • 4 c. vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. sage
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste



  1. Heat 1 c. of vegetable broth in a saucepan over medium heat to boiling, add lentils, bring back to boil then lower and simmer and cover.
  2. Begin preparing gravy by heating oil in large skillet or saucepan (that will hold at least 6 c. ) add mushroom and onion and saute for ~10 min over medium/high heat.
  3. Heat vegetable broth in a saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Add soy sauce, sage, thyme and salt & pepper*.
  5. Add flour to onion and mushroom mixture, stirring regularly, and cooking for an addition 1-2 minutes.
  6. Slowly add vegetable broth mixture, stirring regularly.
  7. Remove gravy from heat, remove some of the mushroom and onion for toppings and put rest of mixture in food processor and puree until smooth.
  8. In a large bowl, add all other steak ingredients.
  9. Mash lentils until well mashed and add to rest of the steak ingredients and knead well.
  10. Roll into ~2″ size balls and flatten to look like a steak.
  11. Heat oil in a skillet and cook steaks until golden brown.
  12. Cover with gravy and top with mushrooms and onion and serve!

steak it or leave it 4

Bon appetit!

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