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Vegan Holiday Faux Turkeys

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Vegan Holiday Faux Turkeys by Guest Blogger

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No holiday meal would be complete without a veggie turkey. Try these tasty turkey-friendly alternatives this holiday season for a meal that everyone can celebrate:

  • Tofurky Roast: This roast comes stuffed with a savory herb dressing and is available as just the roast or as part of an entire feast-with gravy, dumplings, wild rice stuffing, and “wishstix”-for a complete holiday meal.
  • Celebration Roast: This is an artisan-made vegan grain meat with a sausage-style stuffing made from butternut squash, apples, and mushrooms. Available at select Whole Foods Markets.
  • Veggie Turkey Breast With Wild-Rice-and-Cranberry Stuffing: This delicious vegan turkey breast is stuffed with wild-rice-and-cranberry stuffing and is available at Whole Foods.

Not sure how to prepare the faux turkey? Our chefs put together a few tips for dressing the already-tasty veggie turkeys:

  • Always follow the package directions for cooking.
  • For wheat- and soy-based veggie turkeys, try basting them in vegetable broth while they’re cooking.
  • Spice up your roast by coating it in a rub. First, cover the veggie turkey in melted margarine. Then sprinkle it with Cajun seasoning and cook it according to the package directions.
  • For a traditional take on faux turkey, coat the roast in olive oil or melted margarine and then spread on our Veggie Turkey Seasoning before cooking:
    1 1/2 tsp. poultry-seasoning herbs
    1 tsp. paprika
    1/2 tsp. dried thyme
    Pinch of salt and pepper
  • Try our Southwestern Glaze for a spicy-sweet twist on your holiday meal. Cook the veggie turkey according to the package directions, but baste it with the glaze during the last 45 minutes of cooking time:
    2 tsp. chili powder
    1/2 tsp. garlic powder
    1/4 tsp. allspice
    1/4 tsp. cumin
    Sea salt, to taste
    Cayenne pepper, to taste
    2 Tbsp. agave nectar or maple syrup
    1 Tbsp. water
  • Deep-frying a veggie turkey is a good way to make sure that it’s moist and flavorful. Try our Deep-Fried Tofurky recipe.
  • Try basting the roast with your favorite store-brought glaze during the last 30 to 45 minutes of cooking time.
  • Be sure to serve your veggie turkey with one of our delicious gravies.

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    David Lee says...

    November 19th, 2010, 4:17 pm

    At Field Roast we don’t make Faux Turkey’s but REAL vegetarian grain meat products. Our Celebration Roast is a stuffed vegetarian grain meat roast.

    PETA describes our Wild Rice Cranberry Fig Roast En Croute as “Veggie Turkey Breast With Wild-Rice-and-Cranberry Stuffing”. This is incorrect. As the product developer I can assure the readers of this blog that we do not aspire to making fake turkeys!

    Some day we will all move beyond defining our foods as how they relate to their animal counterparts. We’ve already done this with “milk” (cows milk, soy milk, almond milk, oat milk).

    Kind Regards,
    David Lee

    Eiresicilia says...

    November 19th, 2010, 6:20 pm

    Our first vegan Thanksgiving and we’re having a Tofurky Roast. Many of us who have chosen to be vegan do so because we believe this is a kinder way to nourish ourselves. So if faux foods help people lean into this kinder way of life…we say Hoorah!

    Gail says...

    November 19th, 2010, 9:34 pm

    Friends had a Tofurky for Thanksgiving around 1997 and we found it horrible, with an extremely rubbery texture. Personally I can do quite well without eating turkey or any poultry or other animal meat for Thanksgiving. Stuffings and cranberries and pumpkin pies are so good! But I was just wondering; has anybody found that Tofurky has been improved since the terrible one we had about 13 years ago?
    Thanks.

    Meagan says...

    November 20th, 2010, 4:07 am

    I’m so grateful that I have recipes to make my own “tofurkey” or even a seitan roast. I live in a country outside of America and we most certainly do not have boxed,ready-made vegan foods. In fact,veganism is virtually unheard of here. I will be having a vegan Thanksgiving here,though. It will be my second since moving. Just saying,there are many more and better types of vegan “turkey” out there,if you’re willing to make it yourself. Either way,Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

    Paul Phillips says...

    November 20th, 2010, 2:18 pm

    Gail,

    I’m sorry about your experience in ’97. Personally I think their products have improved wonderfully since I first had one around the same time (and I still miss Now & Zen’s Unturkey too!). There are a ton of great recipe ideas on the Tofurky web site, and from my personal experience a creative marinade can make it a standout at the Thanksgiving table too!

    Vegan Shelly says...

    November 20th, 2010, 5:12 pm

    Tofurkey Roast!!!! If you make it with the sage rub and roasted veggies as described on the package it is the best tasting meal EVER! And you can of course make all the sides VEGAN very easily. I like to eat my tofurkey roast slice with a small dollup of veganaise. I personally find the Field Roast products (the NOT fake turkeys) to be a little too much on the sweet side. Thanks for helping to save REAL turkeys PETA!!!

    Kriste says...

    November 22nd, 2010, 11:59 pm

    The more people that go vegetarian or at least try to go meat free a few times a week, the better it will be for setting more of a trend. I think alot of people are just afraid to make such a drastic change. I did 2 years ago and I do not miss any of the meats. I am so happy in my heart to know that I am not eating any precious animals. They are all so smart, loving and wonderful and if anyone that is a meat eater would see one of them being killed, they would not want to eat meat anymore. Only the heartless hunter who enjoy killing. So please try eating a meat-free diet a few days a week at first and you will see it is not so hard.

    Avory says...

    November 24th, 2010, 3:56 pm

    Gail,
    I buy a lot of Tofurky Products and love them. Personally, I do not care for the Tofurky Roasts and I have tried to “jazz” them up to no avail. This year I just was going to give up on having the Tofurky Roast and just eat all the vegan side dishes. By luck, last week I was Portland OR. and went to a Vegan grocery store and they were giving away free samples of the Field Roast Products and I sampled the Hazelnut En Croute. It was AWESOME!! I bought one for Thanksgiving and can’t wait. My non-vegan SIL said that she’s not eating the turkey but “sharing” my Hazelnut En Croute! I can’t tell you how YUMMY it is, so try it and see if you’re happier this year :-) Happy Thanksgiving and Viva La Vegan!!!!

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