Ok, so I've tried making homemade seitan a few different ways now. It doesn't matter if I boil it, bake it, slow cook it in a crockpot. It doesn't matter if I season it like fake chicken, sausage, or with anything else in my rather extensive spice cabinet. I use vital wheat gluten from Whole Foods' bulk area. It just has a flavor like pizza crust that's been simmered in liquid for a while. I'm coming to grips with the fact that I just don't like seitan I think.
So, for those of you who don't like seitan, what do you use to replace it in recipes that call for it? Can I swap it out for tofu that's been pressed for a while maybe? Or would it break down into mush? I'm reading Vegan with a Vengeance, and while most of the recipes sound fab, I just don't like seitan! I want to like it, but I don't. Of course, if you have a seitan recipe that's totally to die for and doesn't leave that weird wheat-y flavor in one's mouth, I'm willing to try again. I'm just not rather hopeful about it.