The holidays are all about love, connection, community, cheersing and good times. The food and the love that goes into it is always big part of all the festivities. So, this Thanksgiving, here’s a stuffed tofu turkey recipe to spread the love, and fall in love with…without the cost of the turkey, Fred (he’s grateful).
Turkey shmurkey. Ham shmam. Steak shmeak.
Eating plant-based during a holiday dinner party isn’t always an easy task, that is unless you bring this comfort-food recipe of a lifetime!
I wanted to help you create something that won’t be a compromise… and may even be just as popular at the Thanksforgivin’er shindig than your Auntie’s turkey pie!
But, if you want to go the cooking route and put as much of that love ingredient in there as possible, look no further!
Fred is thankful he can live out that Turkey life of his, and the fam will be thankful that the vegan doesn’t bring carrot sticks to the comfort-food party!
This turned out really well. The outside is browned, the inside is tasty with pecan stuffing, and the overall feel is incredibly turkey dinner-like.
- 4 blocks organic firm tofu (each 350g)
- 2 vegetable bouillon cubes
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 2 tbsp onion powder
- 2 tbsp garlic powder
- 2 tbsp fresh sage, chopped
- 1 tsp salt
- 2½ cups of vegan stuffing (recipe below)
- 3-4 tbsp Bragg's liquid aminos (for basting)
Vegan Pecan Stuffing (makes enough for stuffing the tofu turkey, plus a side dish):
- 8 cups bread of choice, cubed
- 1 cup large yellow onion, chopped
- 1½ cups celery, chopped
- 7-8 white mushrooms, chopped
- 1 tbsp dried thyme, minced
- 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, minced
- 2 tbsp fresh sage, minced
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- ½ cup pecans, chopped
- ½ tsp Pink Himalayan or sea salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
Goes well with this Mushroom Gravy
- Preheat oven to 400°F
- Press tofu: Place a layer of paper towel on a plate, then the tofu cubes, then another couple layers of paper towel, then a cutting board, then a bowl filled with water. Let sit for at least 30 minutes (the longer the better)
- Meanwhile, make the stuffing! Start by spreading the cubed bread out over a cookie sheet. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes (stir at the 10 minute mark), until it's dry...smells so good.
- In a large pot, oil-free sauté the onions, celery and mushrooms for 5 minutes (just add a bit of the veggie broth if it's sticking), until softened. Add the herbs and salt and pepper. Mix it up, then add 1½ cups of broth. Add the bread and pecans then mix everything well. The stuffing should be moist, but not soaking wet. If your stuffing is still a little dry, keep adding a bit of veggie broth until it's moist (you shouldn't need more than 2 cups total)
- Set aside 2½ cups of stuffing for the turkey filling.
- Pour the rest of the stuffing into a baking dish and bake in the oven for 25 minutes (hello side dish!)
- Prepare your 'turkey' zone: Lay out 2 sheets of tin foil, side by side overlapping about 3 inches, with a layer of parchment on top. The parchment paper should be about 15 inches long by 13 inches wide, with the tinfoil as a border beneath it.
- Time to make the 'turkey': To go easy on your food processor, start by blending half of all the tofu turkey ingredients together (except for the stuffing and Bragg's liquid aminos) for at least 1 minute in your food processor, or until a dough-like ball starts to form. Place that mixture as a ball on the parchment paper.
- Then, blend the other half of all the tofu turkey ingredients (again, except for the stuffing and Bragg's liquid aminos) in the food processor, and add it to the pile on the parchment.
- Spread out the tofu mixture into a ½ - ¾ inch thick rectangle (about 8x12")
- Spoon the 2½ cups of stuffing into the middle of the tofu rectangular 'turkey' in a lengthwise tube shape.
- Use the parchment paper to roll one side of the tofu turkey over the stuffing, then the other side until the tofu turkey just overlaps. Give it a nice squeeze to make sure it's all overlapping by at least 1 inch.
- Unwrap it and fold the ends. Use your fingers to press down any open areas, or cracks.
- Pour Bragg's liquid aminos over top and use basting brush to cover the whole turkey.
- Then wrap it up with the parchment and tinfoil nice and tight, folding on top and twisting the ends (so it looks like a tootsie roll turkey)
- Bake in the oven for 1 hour.
- Let cool 15 minutes, then place in the fridge.
- When you're ready to serve it, take it out of the fridge, slice in 1 inch slices, wrap it back up and bake for 20 minutes at 350°F.
- Serve with the mushroom gravy from this recipe and this cauliflower mash!
- Happy Holidays! The Turkey's thank you!
*If you want to make it right before, just skip the fridge part, and keep it in the oven for another 15-30 minutes, then slice when it comes out!