Sometimes I just want to enjoy a nice meatless Monday meal, but I don’t want to delve into processed vegan meats. On those days, I make soysage! Tofu that is seasoned with spices to give it a similar flavor to chorizo. Smokey and spicy, this soysage recipe is the perfect addition to your tasty vegetarian dinners!
What can you eat soysage with?
This high protein food can be enjoyed with so many different dishes! Sprinkle it over tacos or in burritos! Add it to salads for a Mexican flare. In this instance, I sprinkled my soysage over pasta, as a substitute for ground beef. The possibilities are really endless. If sweet sausage flavor is more to your liking, try substituting out the cayenne pepper for brown sugar. The only ingredient I would try not to omit is the liquid smoke. This ingredient really gives it that hickory smoked flavor that makes your brain think ‘ohh, meat!‘.
How to make The Sausage Spice Recipe:
Don’t be intimidated by the amount of spices used! They were ALL sitting in my pantry, just begging to be used! If you are missing a spice, try to substitute it with something else, or see if you can omit it. Chances are, it is still going to taste great. As I mentioned earlier, the only ingredient I would try not to omit is the liquid smoke. This item is non GMO, gluten free and is very versatile. I use it any time I made a fried rice recipe, and I also add a dash of it to my meat before bbq-ing it (shhh, don’t tell). It lasts for months (possibly years) in the fridge, and i HIGHLY recommend getting a bottle and playing around with it!
How do you make Vegan Ground Sausage?
Just mix all of the spices together with soy sauce, liquid smoke and some flour. I used almond meal flour because it is slightly coarser, but you can use any flour you like (don’t forget, Recipe Hippie is a free spirited approach towards home cooking! I encourage you to use what you’ve got available). All purpose works great as well.
Drain your tofu of excess water. I do this by placing the tofu on a wad of paper towels or cheese cloth, then placing more paper towels over the top and placing a heavy book on top of the tofu. Sometimes, if I am feeling extra ambitious about getting the liquid out, I will even put a heavy pot of water on top of the tofu. Let it sit for about 20 minutes (I usually change the paper towels once in that time) and it should be all set! Crumble it over the spice mixture and you’re good to use it however you like! I like to bake mine to dry it out a bit, but you can even eat it without baking it.
*If you need a new baking sheet, the best baking sheets around, in my opinion, are the Sur La Table Platinum Pro Half Sheet Pans. They are so heavy duty! You can check them out here:
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp garlic
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp celery seed
- 2 1/2 tbsp coconut aminos (or low sodium soy sauce)
- 1 1/2 tbsp tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp liquid smoke (most are vegan, but double check if you are vegan)
- 4 tbsp flour (the coarser the better, I used almond meal flour)
- 1 14oz block of organic extra firm tofu
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Place the block of tofu on a few folded paper towels. Place a few more folded paper towels over the top of the tofu, and put something heavy on top (I used a book or a pot filled with water). Let the excess moisture in the tofu get absorbed by the paper towels for about 20 minutes. You may need to replace the paper towels in that time.
- While the tofu is draining, mix all of the spices together in a bowl. Add the coconut aminos (or low sodium soy sauce), liquid smoke, apple cider vinegar and flour. Whisk until fully combined.
- Crumble the tofu over the spice mixture and stir until coated. On a parchment lined baking sheet, spread the tofu mixture out evenly.
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, take out and stir. Bake another 10-15 minutes until desired consistency. Sprinkle over tacos, in burritos, with pasta dishes! The possibilities are endless. Enjoy!
Did you enjoy my Soysage recipe?! If so, go check out my Vegan Black Bean Brownies recipe!
Okay…I know what you are thinking. Black beans have NO PLACE in the world of decadent and sinful desserts. But I promise you, these black bean dessert brownies taste so much like regular brownies that my friends and family couldn’t tell the difference. If anything, they are MORE chocolaty and MORE fudgy than regular boxed …