Sunday, November 28, 2010
Organic Tofu Turkey
I don't really miss turkey on Thanksgiving, so I'm not a huge fan of Tofurky or Field Roast and other faux meat alternatives on the market. Nonetheless, I'm always curious to try out something new and different that I could potentially recommend to friends and clients.
This year, I discovered the Organic Tofu Turkey, by Fresh Tofu Inc. This Allentown, PA company has been making tofu-based faux meats since 1992, though this is the first time I've seen their individually hand-scored creations in the health food store. The box comes with a 1 lb. tofu turkey and a little "savory herb gravy" packet, which is supposed to serve 9. Because it was so fascinating - as well as gluten-free! - I had to take one home with me.
The little tofu bird cooks fairly quickly: you simply place it in a baking dish with about 1/4 inch of water in the bottom, cover with foil, then heat for 40 minutes. Remove the foil, then let it brown up uncovered for about 5 more minutes.
I know most vegans don't like to be reminded of eating a bird, but I thought this little guy was so cute. Tastewise, it reminded me of any of those flavored tofu blocks from Soy Boy, and it had a similar firm, smooth texture. But when it comes to tofu, my favorite will always be The Bridge.
Still, as a gluten-free vegan alternative, this is a fun option. Plus, it went well with gravy, mashed potatoes, and all the other flavors of the season. Hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving!