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!


mangocheeks said...

Wow, it is pretty cool and I'd hav epicked it up too if it were available in the U.K.

wellonwheels said...

Thanks for your comment, mangocheeks! The Tofu Turkey was a nice addition to the Thanksgiving spread (though my mom made some even yummier cornmeal crusted tofu cutlets, too!).