It’s Thanksgiving time and that means it is time for Tofurky! Rob and I were trying to remember the first time we had Tofurky. It has to be over 10 years ago. I remember when they used to come with tempeh “drumsticks”. I didn’t like the tempeh drumsticks at first but once I decided I liked them, they got rid of them. Oh well.
This year’s Tofurky feast includes a Tofurky roast, Tofurky Jurky Wishstix, gravy, Amy’s organic chocolate cake, and some coupons. I picked mine up at Whole Foods in the freezer section. It retails for $24.99. We thawed it overnight in the fridge. Unfortunately, the bag with the gravy got a hole in it (perhaps from the frozen gravy thawing poking a hole through it). It created a slight mess but we worked around it.
We started out with the wishstix, which were very tasty because they are made of Tofurky Jurky. They are chewy but not hard. Next, we made the basting marinade. The box gives you two different choices. I always go with the orange juice, brown sugar, and soy sauce marinade. We basted the roast and put it in the oven. It takes about an hour and twenty minutes to cook. We decided to try the cake before we peeled potatoes for the mashed potatoes. The cake is a new addition to the Tofurky feast. It was really moist. I was expecting a frozen cake to be a bit dry but it wasn’t at all.
This time we served the Tofurky roast with chive mashed potatoes, Tofurky gravy, and steamed broccoli. When I serve it on Thanksgiving Day, I usually add sides like sweet potato biscuits and fresh cranberry sauce and for dessert, pumpkin pie. The roast is stuffed with a wild rice and bread crumb stuffing that is yummy. The Tofurky is very tasty and filling. I’m not one for gravy but Rob really likes their gravy.
In previous years, I’ve served Tofurky to meat-eaters, including my parents and grandma. They all enjoyed it. Seriously! My grandma, who is now 99, is always curious about food. I remember one year she told her church friends she had a tofu turkey for Thanksgiving and it was good. The Tofurky becomes quite the topic of conversation. People who know that my parents have a vegan daughter and son-in-law, always ask, did you have a Tofurky for the holiday?