Yesterday’s Thanksgiving meal was my first foray into the world of Tofurky. Okay, I had had Tofurky slices and sausages but never the whole stuffed Tofurky deal. There was always something about the taste of their products that I wasn’t quite keen on and this, sadly, was no exception. Its certainly edible, but I find it has an odd aftertaste. And, no, it won’t fool anybody into thinking its turkey. But that’s okay by me; I was never a big fan of turkey. I am a big fan of all the usual trimmings, including the stuffing and the gravy. The stuffing portion of the Tofurky was very tasty. I made the mushroom gravy according the package recipe, only I halved it and used 1 cup of rice milk and about 3/4 cup of vegetable broth. I would cut the liquid portion down further to make a thicker gravy next time. The potatoes, onions and carrots roasted with the Tofurky were delicious as was the steamed kale on the side. For the next special occasion (yeah Christmas!!) I will definitely make something from scratch.
I’ll come clean right here though and say this wasn’t the only Thanksgiving meal served at my home. No, there was another, more traditional one, involving a roast organic chicken (from a Quebec farm) with all the usual side dishes: bread stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans with almonds and pumpkin pie for dessert. I thought the folks around the table would appreciate it, and they sure did! (Yes, I had some too)
I guess I am still in that phase of “conscientious inconsistency” Jonathan Safran Foer details in the opening chapter of Eating Animals. But, I believe my days of the double-special meal holidays are quickly coming to an end. I’ll be scouring the food blogs and cook books for plant-based alternatives to the Tofurky before Christmas. Any suggestions?
Edit: Think I’ve found something here for sure: Squash with Wild Rice and Chanterelle Stuffing and Rich Brown Gravy. Drool 🙂