Sunday, November 4, 2012

Gardein Holiday Roast

As crazy as it sounds, I've never had a faux turkey. Thanksgiving is one of my least liked holidays, so I usually rock some tacos or something non-traditional that day. But while shopping yesterday, I came upon all three of the major faux turkeys: Tofurky, Field Roast and Gardein. So I decided right then and there that I was going to try all three in one season. My first attempt is with the most recent addition, the Gardein Holiday Roast!

Right out of the box, you get the faux turkey and a couple packs of gravy. I added some broccoli and roasted potatoes to round out the meal. To prepare, you roast it in a casserole, covered with tin foil, for an hour. The gravy is thawed and microwaved. It was pretty easy!

The Holiday Roast is a decent size, I'd say it could feed three or four very easily. The flavor of the "turkey" part of the roast was a bit bland, but some pepper livened it up. The inside of the roast was very flavorful, stuffing with cranberries tucked in the center. I enjoyed the gravy too, and it seems like they give you enough because I used a ton and still had some left over. Also to its credit, it was the cheapest of the three brands.

Without having the other two faux turkeys, it's hard for me to say how it compares. But I will say that if you like Gardein, you'll love this loaf. The blandness was kind of a bummer but is easily correctable with a little seasoning. The center is delicious, the gravy is plentiful and the price is right. Enjoy!

12 comments:

  1. The Tofurky brand has a marinade/basting sauce on the box. I'd suggest trying that.

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  2. This is awesome - I saw your FB picture yesterday with all the faux options and picked up the Gardein today (because of the price). I think I'll use your pepper suggestion - and some sage - and rub it on the roast before baking. Thanks for the review!

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    1. No you're right JL, I made it the laziest way possible. A rub definitely would have been a good choice.

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    2. Yea, I always do a rub on my Tofurky to liven it up. They have some recipes on the box.

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  3. Rad! Very excited to try this one this year!

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  4. i have had tofurky and really hated it! the taste was pretty good and the gravy was great! but it was just such a nasty consistancy. I found veggie turkey burgers once too (i never ate red meat, so as a kid i loved turkey burgers) andd those were nasty too. i am now ok with the fact that i will never have turkey again. i like the gardein beef, but i don'y like the chicken too much, is the turkey anything like the chicken?

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    1. It's similar, but it does have a Turkey flavor.

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  5. I was hoping to try the Gardein roast this year. But Memphis doesn't have it yet, and I saw Tofurky on sale so I bought that. I LOVE Tofurky. It's improved taste-wise over the past few years.

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  6. Hmmm, sounds like the stuffing is the star. Maybe I could pick it out and serve it :)It would go nicely with your veggie sides.

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  7. I usually like Gardein stuff. I like that there are now so many new options for busy (and lazy ;) vegans. It actually looks very appetizing.

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  8. Rock on! Mike picked up a couple of these for Tday!

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  9. I love Tofurky so much it'd feel like cheating to try another one . . .

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