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Smoky Breakfast Sausage Links

These sausages were a hit among VT’s vegan staffers, who loved the idea of homemade veggie links. They’re a snap to make in a two-layer bamboo steamer.



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1 ¼ cups vital wheat gluten
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½ cup cooked or canned adzuki beans, rinsed and drained
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1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
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¼ cup nutritional yeast
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2 Tbs. low-sodium soy sauce
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2 Tbs. pure maple syrup
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1 Tbs. canola oil
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1 Tbs. rubbed sage (not powdered)
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2 tsp. ground fennel
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1 tsp. liquid smoke
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½ tsp. ground nutmeg


1. Prepare bamboo steamer, and lay out 25 sheets of foil, each about 5 inches square. 

2. Mash beans with fork in bowl until smooth. Stir in remaining ingredients.  3. Roll walnut-sized pieces of bean mixture into small links (they need not be perfect). Wrap each link in foil, and twist both ends so it looks like Tootsie Roll.  4. Place wrapped links in steamer, cover, and steam 30 minutes. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to use. Warm gently in oven or toaster oven 8 to 10 minutes if not serving immediately.

Nutrition Information: 

5 g
Total Fat: 
<1 g
Saturated Fat: 
<1 g
6 g
0 mg
63 mg
<1 g
1 g
Makes 24 links

Comments on this Recipe

Can the wheat gluten be substituted with tofu or TVP (texturized vegetable protein)? I would not try it and waste such ingredients. What kind of tofu if okay would you suggest?

I thought that these were pretty good. I initially didn't like the consistency so I pan-fried them which greatly improved them for me.