I’ve been loyal to Quorn Turk’y Roast at the holidays for many years.
While Quorn Turk’y Roast is meatless, but unfortunately not vegan because of the egg whites and milk protein, Tofurky Veggie Roast is made with all vegan ingredients.
Although I have to agree with our son Nick that it does look like a nut sack (sorry, Tofurky!), I made it yesterday as a pre-holiday meal, and was pleasantly surprised at how good it is. It has a rather dense and pleasantly chewy texture, an interesting wild rice stuffing, and a surprisingly turkey-like flavor . . . at least to a confirmed non-meat eater like me!
Although the package suggests two different types of bastes, I came up with an amalgam that I thought enhanced the flavor.
I used Better than Bouillon No Chicken Base in a little boiling water, extra virgin olive oil, tamari, dried sage, red wine, and my perennial favorite Baltimore ingredient – Old Bay.
I put the thawed roast in my trusty clay pot, along with potatoes and carrots, and doused it with about 2/3 of my basting mixture. Cover and bake at 350°F for an hour and 20 minutes (just enough time to sneak in a quick workout at the gym). Upon your return, uncover, and pour on the remaining marinade. Bake uncovered for another 10 minutes or so, and once you remove it from the oven, use a turkey baster to siphon up the liquid at the bottom, and pour it over the roast and veggies to give them all a nice sheen. Let the roast rest for a couple of minutes before “carving” so that the wild rice stuffing stays intact in every slice.
If you have a Tofurky Veggie Roast thawing in your fridge for your holiday meal, why not give my better basting mixture a try?
- 1 teaspoon Better than Bouillon No Chicken Base
- ¼ cup boiling water
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon tamari
- 1-2 tablespoons red wine
- ½ teaspoon dried sage
- ½ teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Using a one cup Pyrex measuring cup for easy pouring later, dissolve the Better than Bouillon No Chicken Base in the boiling water.
- Add the other ingredients, and stir.
- How simple can you get?
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