ABOUT THE RECIPE:
These Jazzylicious Shish Kebabs will satisfy vegans and meat-eaters alike. The colorful and impressive presentation is sure to add a festive touch to your vegan barbecue meal. To make it super easy, you can use your favorite bottled vegan barbecue sauce or whip up my tasty Zesty BBQ Sauce (recipe below).
Makes 8 to 10 servings
Zesty BBQ Sauce (see below), or your favorite, vegan store bought variety
2 packages cubed seitan, well drained (see note)
3 sweet peppers (orange, red, and/or yellow), seeded and cut in 1 1/2-inch pieces
2 medium sweet onions, cut into chunks
2 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
16 ounces cremini mushrooms, cleaned and stems removed
20 cherry tomatoes
10 lto 14 long metal or bamboo skewers
Cover two large, rimmed baking sheets with foil or unbleached parchment paper.
Prepare barbecue sauce, and set aside.Put the seitan in a large bowl and top it with 1/4 cup of the sauce. Gently toss the seitan to coat. Cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours to marry the flavors.
Put the peppers, sweet onions, zucchini, mushrooms, and tomatoes in a large bowl. Top with 3/4 cup of the sauce (leaving about 1/2 cup in reserve) and toss to coat. Cover and chill at least 1 to 2 hours to marry the flavors. Prepare two metal or bamboo skewers for each person.
If you are using bamboo skewers, place them in a pan and cover them with filtered or spring water. Let the skewers soak in the water for about 30 minutes prior to assembling the kebabs to prevent them from burning.
To assemble the kebabs, carefully thread the kebab alternating ingredients, onto your prepared skewers.
Arrange the kebabs evenly on the prepared baking sheets. (If you are not baking or grilling them immediately, cover loosely with foil, and place the sheets back in the refrigerator for up to 2 hours before cooking.)
IF BAKING (recommended method):
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Leave the kebabs on the baking sheets. Bake for 20 minutes. Rotate the kebabs once, and brush them with additional barbecue sauce. If the kebabs are browning too quickly, loosely tent the baking sheets with foil. Continue baking for 20 minutes or untilthe veggies are crisp-tender and the seitan is slightly crisp and golden in color. Serve immediately over quinoa or brown rice.
Place the kebabs directly on the grill. Grill the kebabs over medium heat for about 20 minutes or until the veggies are crisp-tender and the seitan is slightly crisp and golden in color. While the kebabs are grilling, rotate them often, frequently brushing them with additional barbecue sauce to keep them moist.
Chef's note: You may substitute cubed baked tofu or cubed extra-firm (or super-firm) regular tofu for the seitan, if desired. Or, if preferred you may an additional 12 to 16 ounces of cremini or white button mushroom, in place of the seitan.
ZESTY BBQ SAUCE
Makes 8 to 10 servings
1 cup catsup
1/3 cup unsulphured blackstrap molasses
2 heaping teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon regular or reduced-sodium tamari
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/16 to 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Put all of the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine.