Whether you've gone vegetarian or you're just trying to embrace eating less meat, this vegan jerky snack is the perfect solution! As Catherine St-Pierre from Instructables.com explains, this snack features soy curls (as an alternative to animal-based protein), and plenty of smoky, barbecue flavors to create a taste very similar to traditional beef jerky. Give it a try and see if you can taste the difference!
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp sriracha sauce
1 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
1 tbsp maple syrup
2 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp vital wheat gluten
1. Whisk together everything in a medium-sized bowl except for the vital wheat gluten and the soy curls.
2. Add the soy curls and mix them with your hand so they get all coated with the good stuff. Then, add 3/4 cup of water and mix a little more. Let sit for about 30 minutes. The tasty mixture will re-hydrate the soy curls.
3. It's a good idea at this point to preheat the oven to 400° F.
4. Add the vital wheat gluten (omit this step if you don't have any) and mix with your hand. Small chunks of chewy gluten will form.
5. Lay out the jerky evenly on a baking sheet over a layer of parchment paper. Bake at 400° F for 25 minutes.
6. Remove the jerky from the oven, and let it cool off for about five minutes. Enjoy it while still hot, and try to save some for later! You can store it at room temperature in a sealed container for about five days (we all know it won't stay that long on the counter).
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