Seitan Bourguignon

Twitter cofounder Biz Stone's vegan take on classic bourguignon makes innovative use of seitan and mushroom "bacon."
The Martha Stewart Show, March 2011
  • Yield Makes enough for 4 to 5 servings
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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 (1/2-pound) packages traditional-flavored seitan, broken into bite-size pieces
  • 4 shallots, minced
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced crosswise into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 (750 mL) bottle pinot noir
  • 1 cup homemade or store-bought low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus more for garnish
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 15 pearl onions, fresh or frozen, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Mushroom "Bacon" Topping


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add seitan and cook, stirring, until seitan is browned and caramelized on all sides. Reduce heat and add shallots, carrots, and garlic; cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.

  2. Transfer seitan mixture to a large saucepan; add wine and enough stock to just cover seitan mixture. Add parsley, bay leaves, thyme, and pearl onions; cover and bring to a simmer until vegetables are tender. Transfer seitan, carrots, and onions to a large serving bowl; set aside and keep warm.

  3. In a small bowl, mix together flour and margarine. Add flour mixture to saucepan, stirring until well combined. Let sauce simmer, uncovered, until it reaches a gravy-like consistency. Remove bay leaf and season with salt and pepper.

  4. Pour sauce over seitan in serving bowl; garnish with mushroom "bacon" topping and parsley. Serve.

Recipe Reviews

Reviews (4)

  • jkateben 21 Apr, 2011

    This is one of my favorite vegetarian main courses I have ever eaten!!!!! This was not complicated to make. I had to make a couple of substitutions because Trader Joe's didn't carry seitan or pearl onions, but it was still absolutely amazing. Thanks!

  • Catnip61 5 Apr, 2011

    I made this last night and it was a huge hit! There's barely enough for today's lunch. I added portabello mushrooms, but it really didn't need it. I will make this for my book club next time. We're all health conscious. I'll trot this out and really surprise them! This was a real winner.

  • akschipper 4 Apr, 2011

    It was great! I added more carrots...and I HIGHLY recommend using fresh thyme... and I let it slow simmer for about an hour... My carivorous husband even liked!

  • KellyS62 31 Mar, 2011

    Yummy! I couldn't wait to try this recipe and it turned out great. I am not a vegan yet but certainly working on going vegetarian This was a very hearty dish and very tasty.