Seitan and “Crab” Oscar — and a Cookbook Giveaway!

Although I rarely buy prepared faux meat products (give me seitan, tofu, or beans any day), I’m always intrigued when a new line of products comes out, especially when they are of stellar quality. I view such products as vegan “ambassadors” or a helpful bridge for anyone reluctant to go veg because they think they’ll “miss the meat.” Sometimes all it takes is one good vegan meal that has the flavors and textures they enjoy, to prove to them that going vegan isn’t about deprivation.

So when the people at Match Meats offered to send me some samples of their premium gourmet-quality products, I was eager to try them. I’ve been especially keen on sampling the “crab” product to see if it could indeed “match” the real thing.

I made a batch of faux-crab cakes. Instead of serving them on their own, I decided to go all out and make a vegan version of the classic “Oscar” dish. I used sautéed seitan as the base cutlets, topped them with roasted asparagus and the “crab” cakes, and then spooned some vegan hollandaise on top.

This dish has “special occasion” written all over it. The texture and flavor of the Match Meat crab is great and can only be described as scary-good. (How do they do it?) Our dinner was so fantastic we wanted to lick our plates.  Fair warning: Match Meat products are a bit pricey, but if you’re looking for something different for a special meal, you might want to give them a try.

Vegan on the Cheap – Cookbook Giveaway…
If you still don’t have my latest book, Vegan on the Cheap, now’s your chance to win a copy!

Just leave a comment at the end of this post and tell me what your favorite “cheap” ingredient is.  
A winner will be chosen at random on Sunday, August 8th. Good luck!

111 responses to “Seitan and “Crab” Oscar — and a Cookbook Giveaway!”

  1. Carrie™ says :

    I picked a good time for a return visit! A chance to win a cookbook of yours that I don't have yet? Yay!!
    First off, that “crab” looks & sounds very interesting. Although I grew up on the east coast of Canada, I was never much of a seafood lover. Fish, yes, but lobsters and such, I'll pass thanks. But faux crab might be just enough unlike the real thing to make me want to try it. Is it available in stores yet, do you know? I do cross-border shopping a couple of times a year, so I'm definitely going to look for it.
    My fav cheap ingredients are easily onions & beans. So versatile!

  2. Robin at Vegan Planet says :

    Hi Carrie,

    Thanks for visiting my blog again! I'm not sure what stores sell Match Meats but you can go to their website and check out their store locator. Here's the link:

  3. A P says :

    Maybe not the cheapest, but as for bang for my buck, $1.50/block organic tofu. Versatile and used in much of my cooking.

    Fingers crossed this week!

  4. Tammy says :

    My favorite cheap ingredient has gotta be beans … My favorite bean has gotta be chickpeas. I did a quick calculation between buying dried organic beans and soaking/cooking them vs canned organic beans, and was surprised to find it about the same.

  5. JASSandMoo says :

    I would say fresh basil from my own plant. Free, and adds SO much flavor!

  6. Colleen says :

    Besides your staple of brown rice, I think cannellini beans can make a ton of creamy, high protein dishes.

  7. Christinahrs says :

    My favorite cheap ingredients are lentils, and produce from our garden!

  8. Cheryl says :

    Black beans, hands down is my favorite cheap food.

  9. Erika says :

    Dried beans. Any kind, there are so many you can do with beans

  10. River (Wing-It Vegan) says :

    *GASP* I want it! I want it! Krys from the Two Vegan Boys blog has been making me drool for weeks with all her Vegan on the Cheap goodness!

    Your faux-crab cakes look amazing! I have tried the match meats before but I don't remember liking them much. Maybe it's time to give them another shot.

    My favorite cheap ingredient? Hmmm. Probably fresh produce that is in season – it's cheap, it's local, and it's deliciously fresh! Thank you for the giveaway! 🙂

  11. Dr Eric Berg says :

    great recipes!!!! hope to find more from your site. keep it up!

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