Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thanksgiving Feast 2008

How many of you out there in veg-land have had a Tofurkey on Thanksgiving? Or at any other time? I was just trying to remember Thanksgivings past and I realized this was at least our 12th vegan Thanksgiving meal (and there were one or two more that were vegetarian and possibly vegan). In all that time we'd never had a Tofurkey. Our centerpiece has most often been a layered vegetable pie of some sort but the point has always been to cook from scratch and highlight the vegetables. That can take a lot of time though, something that's in short supply this year. Now it's all about convenience so we went with the Tofurkey. We still spent some time in the kitchen cooking other dishes but not nearly as much time as in years past. The Tofurkey comes with stuffing and gravy, and to complement all that we also made roasted potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce and pumpkin cheesecake.

For the potatoes I just roasted Yukon golds with olive oil, rosemary, salt & pepper while the Tofurkey was cooking. Like the last 2 years, the cranberries were a modified Emeril recipe. I wanted to try at least one new recipe though so I made the Green Beans with Walnuts and Shallot Crisps from the latest issue of Vegetarian Times. These were definitely a step up from your standard green beans. And finally there was dessert! Darlene made her pumpkin cheesecake again this year and it was fabulous! (In fact we just had some for breakfast...)


Though I missed our over-the-top Thanksgiving meals from years past just a bit, the Tofurkey was pretty good and very easy to prepare. The Tofurkey itself, and the gravy in particular was a bit salty for our tastes but that's what happens when you don't control every aspect of your food preparation.

Dessert was a big highlight for us as always, but also for baby Jonas. No, it'll be a while before he has cheesecake but we did save a little of the plain pumpkin that went into the cheesecake and he thoroughly enjoyed it.

As for us, we thoroughly enjoyed our Thanksgiving dinner and eating up the leftovers too. Including these waffles with cranberry sauce we had for breakfast yesterday. We hope you all had a happy vegan Thanksgiving!

16 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Incredible feast!!

Jonas is precious :-)

Desdemona said...

That baby is beautiful (and the green beans look pretty good, too, I'll definitely try those)!

JennaBeBe said...

My feast was delicious! my bf and I cooked up a Quorn brand turkey loaf (I can't eat soy based ones). I also made yams with apple chunks, cinnamon , honey and walnuts on top! For dessert was raw pecan pie :)

Anardana said...

To answer your question: The boy and I eat Tofurkey about once every holiday season.. we don't usually make it for ourselves but one of our parents usually cooks us one. It's pretty yummy, but yeah, the gravy is pretty boring.

KAYLiE said...

That all looks beyond delicious! I didnt have a "feast" actually my thanksgiving sucked to be frank :P It was practically non existant so I have no good stories lol. Glad you had a good one though! <3

Chris said...

sorry to hear that kaylie...

yes it is anardana but I guess there's something to be said for "heat and serve"

I need to make a pecan pie one of these days jennabebe.

thanks desdemona - the crispy shallots definitely made it

we think so too veggiegirl :)

Susan said...

Fabulous! I know that Tofurkey has been the butt of many jokes at the expense of vegans. We don't really have Tofurkey in Australia (unless someone else knows something I don't), there's only really one vegan 'roast' available, and it has no stuffing.
As much as I love cooking from scratch, sometimes it is indeed wonderful to just pop something out of a box, into the oven and then onto the plate!
It all looks yum!

Anonymous said...

Can you tell me how you prepared your tofurky? I tried it one year and didn't like it, but I think it was the way it was prepared.

Chris said...

I followed the directions on the package - bake it in a covered casserole, with some veggies around it and basted with an olive oil/soy sauce/sage mixture.

Vegan_Noodle said...

Wow, 12 vegan Thanksgivings... that's awesome! I have a tofukey in my freezer for sometime this month.
We had those green beans too! And roasted potatoes! Great mind think alike :-)
Jonas is so cute eating his pumpkin.

Chris said...

Indeed they do vegan noodle.... thanks!

Anonymous, I forgot to mention that what we really should've done was deep fry that sucker!

Geraldine said...

Yummmm....I've never tried a tofurky but the way you've presented it, looks great. Pumpkin cheesecake, now that sounds especially delish.

Your baby is so cute, first time I've seen him. Glad I stopped in, it's been a while...

Big Hugs and Happy Belated Thanksgiving, G

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jessica said...

Actually just had my first Tofurky this Thanksgiving! The gravy was a hit. And the Tofurky was pretty.

I had a casserole dish but it wasn't deep enough so had to use foil. Maybe if I had a deeper dish so the lid could fit on more tightly... I'll try it again anyway!

cohnsey said...

the tofurkey looks pretty good. where can I buy some of that stuff?

Vivacious Vegan said...

Jonas is adorable. I've heard mixed reviews on the Tofurkey and have yet to try it however, it looks so beautiful as a centerpiece in your photos that I want to give it a go.

Chris said...

We got ours at Trader Joe's cohnsey. I know they have them at Whole Foods and most other natural food stores too.