This recipe was my first introduction to bulgur and now I’m a big fan. This little grain cooks up toasty and nutty and keeps it’s toothy texture. With fried chicken style seitan, asparagus, lots of garlic and lemon, and balsamic vinegar, this is one for the books. It’s quick to make and produces about 4 servings.
- 8oz package of chicken style seitan
- 1 sprig rosemary, plus 1/2 tsp chopped rosemary
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic, divided
- juice from half of a lemon
- 1 cup of vegetable broth
- 1/2 cup quick cooking bulgur
- Half a bunch of asparagus spears
- salt and pepper
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds
- 1 tbl balsamic vinegar
- Saute the onion, a pinch of salt, and 2 cloves of garlic in a medium saucepan over medium heat until soft, then add the bulgur and vegetable broth.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, covered, until all the water is absorbed. Take off heat and set aside.
- In a heavy bottomed pan (preferably cast iron), heat 1/4 cup of oil on high heat. Once the oil is hot add the chopped seitan and rosemary sprig, and fry until crispy and golden brown.
- To prepare the asparagus, wash and chop asparagus into 2 inch pieces. Arrange on a small sheet pan and drizzle half of remaining oil from the setain and toss with lemon juice, tsp of salt, and remaining 2 cloves of garlic. Bake (in oven or toaster oven at 350) stirring halfway through, for 15 minutes or until the edges are crisp and asparagus is bright green.
- Combine the asparagus with the bulgur mixture and seitan. Add balsamic vinegar, 1/2 tsp chopped rosemary, and sliced almonds. Enjoy!!