Roasting a Tofurky may not be the first thing most people think of when preparing a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. However, the cooks in the RainyDayKitchen are nothing if not non-traditional. This year they decided it would be a good opportunity try preparing a Tofurky in addition to the turkey.
Tofurky is made from, among other things, soy protein. It is low in fat, nutritious, cholesterol free, and entirely without stupor-inducing triptophan. Properly prepared, it is both great tasting and good for you. And it comes stuffed!
We purchased one of the newer pre-stuffed Tofurkies. It will stay fresh, uncooked, in the fridge for 30 days. Prepping the Tofurky was fairly simple: remove plastic casing, place in roasting dish with suggested vegetables, make basting liquid, cook for 75 minutes (Note: we used a convection oven so we reduced time accordingly to 60 minutes.)
We also made some traditional sides: mashed potatoes, sausage cranberry stuffing, green beans w/almonds, maple-roasted carrots, and pies. Lots of pies - apple, lemon meringue, chocolate pudding!!!
All three of the convection ovens (Cuisinart, GE Advantium, Jenn Air) were put to the test. We cooked the Tofurky in the Cuisinart, the sides in the Advantium, and the regular turkey in the Jenn Air.
The pre-cooked Tofurky was ready in about an hour. The Butterball turkey was pre-cooked as well. The reheating time is normally 2 hours, but since we used a convection oven, the total time was only 90 minutes.
The pre-cooked Butterball turkey was amazingly juicy. The Tofurky was a hit with the vegetarians. The carnivors did give it a try and proclaimed it "tastier than expected."
We started our prep work at noon and by 2PM we were sitting down to eat. The biggest time savers were definitely the pre-cooked turkey and Tofurky. The other was Carolyn's mom brought us two fantastic home-made pies :-) The lemon meringue pie was especially fabulous. Thanks, Nan!
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