For Thanksgiving we knew we wanted to keep things kind of simple. We were traveling to visit family and carrying food to cook in someone else's kitchen. We debated making our own lentil loaf and decided it was too complex to do in another person's kitchen. This year, we also had the pleasure of dining with another vegetarian. So what better time than now to try out a prepared tofu roast. Get ready for tons of pictures!
We stood in front of the various roast at the grocery store in Atlanta (yes we made a special trip to Atlanta to pick out our tofu roast). After staring for a while at the various brands, we finally settled on the Tofurky® Feast since it came with dinner, gravy, and dessert. Remember... we were keeping it simple and this was simple.
First, the unboxing... yes I am that big of a vegan geek that we took photos of the unboxing of the Tofurky® Roast:
What's in the box?
- One Tofurky® Roast (made with organic non-genetically engineered soybeans) - now 20% larger
- Savory Giblet Gravy
- Wild Rice, Whole Wheat Bread Crumb Stuffing
- Tofurky® Jurky Wishstix
- New ! Organic Chocolate Cake from Amy's Kitchen
- Happy Tofurky® Day card & coupons
Next, the preparation. While everything was boxed nicely and we could have just followed the box instructions... what's the fun in that?
So we loosely followed the instructions on Vegan Housewives page.
- 1 Tofurky® Roast (If you get the big dinner pack just add more veggies & gravy, we did!)
- Mushroom Gravy (We used the Tofurky® Gravy (in the box and extra tubs), but you can use any you want, and really just guestimate about how much you need. I would say at least 32 oz or may... just buy extra)
- 3 Cups of Portobello Mushrooms (if you get the big roast use more)
- 3 Large Red Potatoes
- 3 Large Carrots
- 1 Large Yellow Onion
- 4 Tbs (or 1/2 stick) of Vegan Butter
- *Really, you can use any veggies you want in this recipe that you think will work well with a roast (example: Celery). Just make sure you have enough room in the pot!
First with your hands, coat the entire Tofurky® Roast with the vegan butter & place it in the crock pot:
Next add in your veggies... remember to leave room for the gravy... cutting it close here:
Then add in the gravy.
Oh thank goodness it all fit!
- Let it simmer on the highest setting on the crock pot over night (or 8-10 hours)
When you serve it, be prepared for the Tofurky® Roast to be very moist and fall apart, which means the stuffing will also fall apart. Trust me... it's ok and more than delicious. In fact, it is so delicious, we plan on buying extra roast to use for the rest of the year.
Why are we buying extra now? Well Tofurky® only puts out the holiday products at Thanksgiving and Christmas time. At least this is the only time I've seen it in stores in this area. Wait... Macon stores carry the Tofurky® Roast? Yes! Publix carries the green box, which just contains the roast. As far as I know, there are no stores in the Macon area that carry the Vegetarian Feast. In Columbus, stop by the Country Life Vegetarian Store to pick up the Tofurky® Roast.
Yum! Obviously it was good as we said we are buying extras to have throughout the year. The texture was great, and the gravy with the veggies... delicious! The chocolate cake was good. It was nice having a vegan dessert without having to go to any extra trouble. Although I will admit the cake and the gravy were nothing special. They were both good, just not as amazing as the roast.
As for the Jurky Wishtix, it was ok. It was confusing. I thought the we would be able to pull them apart and have one person have a larger piece, but that didn't work. Each piece was the same size. I actually did not eat any of the Jurky, but the report was it was "eh."
Overall, I think it was all a huge hit, and I know we will cook the Tofurky® Roast again. We will probably just buy the green box with just the roast. Which is fine with me... as I could have ate the entire thing.
Oh, in full disclosure... Jonathan cooked and carved the Roast Tofurky®, I merely consumed :)