So, on to the roasts. The tofurky takes the longest to roast, at over an hour, ant the Trader Joe's was around 30 to 45 minutes. (Sorry, I've already recycled the package) So, I basted the tofurky with extra virgin olive oil, some poultry seasoning, liquid smoke, and pepper. I baked it on top of baby potatoes.
The Trader Joe's roast required no basting, and no veggies to be roasted with. This roast has a crispy breading, similar to gardeins, I mean Trader Joe's chickenless tenders.
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Okay, so here is what I thought of the roasts. I love tofurky, always have always will. I still remember the first time I ate one, I couldn't figure out why it had such a terrible reputation. It's definitely the springier of the two, with a chewier texture. It's super savory, and in my opinion the wild rice stuffing is what makes it. I wish they sold just the stuffing!
The Trader Joe's roast is a lighter, less springy texture. It's also much easier to slice. If you were someone that wanted to carve your roast with all eyes on you, go for the Trader Joe's. The stuffing is my least favorite part of the Joe's roast. It has cranberries in it, and I'm not the biggest fan of the sweet with the super savory. But that is just me, I know tons of people like to have cranberry sauce mixed in with their meal. I liked the crispy outside too. The breading tastes really well seasoned, the roast is well seasoned, as is the stuffing. To be honest, I love and recommend both. I will say that the tofurky roast only which is what I got does not come with gravy, but the Trader Joe's (gardein) does come with two packages of gravy. I paid $9.99 for the Trader Joe's roast, and I believe the same for the tofurky, maybe a little bit more. They are both about the same size, with the tofurky being a little on the short and stout side, the TJ's roast a little longer and leaner.
I would say the Trader Joe's roast would probably go over best in mixed company. It looks a little less fake meaty which a lot of non vegans like to tease over. I should note that I taste tested these roasts with a non vegan who did prefer the tofurky over the Trader Joe's, so what do I know? The gravy that comes with the Trader Joe's roast is okay, it's a little bland, I added a little sage, and a few drops of soy sauce and it really bumped up the flavor.
In the end, both roasts are totally delicious, and worth the money. I feel like kids wold enjoy the Trader Joe's roast because of the breading. It gives it that nugget type of feel, but in the best possible way.
Are you going to buy a vegan roast, or make your own?
And, because you can never have too many cute cat pictures, here are two!
And Joan. who loves the camera was giving me the side eye, so I had to take her picture too!
Happy Sunday, and I hope my taste test helped. And, if you don't live near a Trader Joe's, I am like almost all the way positive this is the gardein holiday roast, which gardein also sells mini versions of this roast, I believe it's called stuffed turkey cutlets, and it's just individual little loafs, four in a bag. So, lot's of options!