The first time I made this, there were two major differences. First, I used homemade cubes of baked seitan, whereas this time around I chopped up a tub of Michael's Savory Seitan, resulting in a chewier, "meatier" texture. Also, the first time around, I served the BBQ-soaked seitan and broccoli over a fluffy cloud of mashed potatoes. This time around, I really didn't feel like doing the mashing part, so I improvised a bit (per my goal...) and came up with:
2-4 side dish servings, depending on the size of your potatoes (did that sound wrong?)
6-8 small red potatoes, well-scrubbed
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 Tbsp Mediterranean Sea Salt Blend (McCormick Gourmet spice blends)
1 tsp dried marjoram
1/4 tsp garlic powder
generous pinch of allspice
Scrub potatoes well, then cut into quarters or sixths, depending on the size of your potatoes and what you feel constitutes a mouthful. (I think we might be continuing our downward slope here.) Heat the olive oil in a deep saucepan on high heat. Add potatoes, stir well to completely coat with oil, then sprinkle on Mediterranean sea salt blend, marjoram, garlic powder, and allspice. Stir again to coat evenly, then cover and lower heat to medium high.
Cook potatoes, stirring occasionally, 8-12 minutes, until crispy and a bit brown. Pierce with a fork to ensure they are tender on the inside, then turn off heat, replace cover and allow to sit for a few minutes.
The potatoes accompanied our dinner perfectly, though due to the richness of the BBQ sauce, I think I will serve the seitan and broccoli on something next time, if not mashed potatoes again. Angst was an eager attendant at the table, looking between Mister and I with his big, sad eyes as if to say, "Surely, one of you is human enough to see my sorrow and share your food." Ultimately, like always, Mister isolated a kitty-sized piece of saucy seitan and put it on the floor (which was followed by me telling Angst that he had to eat all of it, including the sauce that was now on my floor).
Believe me when I tell you, this was not a problem for him. He quickly licked that all up and waited for more. He had a healthy little appetizer to his own dinner, between me and Mister slipping him little pieces of gooey seitan that he all too readily slurped up from the floor.
He has no shame.
See you tomorrow, MoFos!