Thanksgiving is upon us. It’s a time to remember the good fortune that the pilgrims had, surviving the hard winter and making it through, with the help of the Native Americans, to feast and celebrate life. Pretty inspiring, isn’t it. Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. Not just for the inspirational stuff, but because the food is so good.
I have been thinking about what to make this year, and most of my old recipes don’t need to be changed in order to have the meal that we are use to having. The one thing that is different – there will be no turkey this year. That’s OK. Instead of Turkey, will be having Tofurkey. You can buy tofurkey in health food stores, but what’s the fun in that? Here’s how you can make it for yourself.
This is a Thanksgiving treat.
- tofu - 5 blocks
- parsley - 2 tablespoons
- thyme - 1 tablespoon
- rosemary - 1 tablespoon
- parve chicken soup bouillon - 2 tablespoons
- balsamic vinegar - 1/4 cup
- red wine - 1/3 cup
- Dijon mustard - 2 teaspoons
- soy sauce - 2 tablespoons
- stuffing - 2 cups
- Process tofu, parsley, thyme, rosemary, and soup powder in a food processor until smooth.
- Line strainer with cheese cloth or thin towel.
- Pour tofu mixture into lined strainer and cover with cloth.
- Put weight on top of cloth and put tofu mixture in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours (I left it overnight.)
- Take mixture out of the refrigerator and scoop out the middle.
- Fill the middle with stuffing and use the tofu that you scooped out to seal in the stuffing.
- Carefully take your tofurkey out of the strainer and place in a baking dish.
- Mix together the rest of the ingredients and baste tofu with the mixture.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 90 minutes, basting often.
I won’t lie to you. It doesn’t really taste like turkey. It looks an awful lot like turkey, it has an excellent texture, and it is really yummy, but it isn’t turkey. I think that’s a good thing.
I try not to do this too much, but I can’t help myself. I need to talk about the whole vegan thing. I find it a bit ironic to celebrate a holiday of freedom with a bird that has been genetically modified so much that it can’t reproduce without man’s help. It saddens me to think of all the birds that are produced on factory farms in the name of freedom. I really don’t think that’s what the pilgrims had in mind. We can do better.
If you must have turkey on Thanksgiving, there are places that you can buy them from that are more humane than the ones in your local supermarket. Think about looking for Heritage Turkeys. These are turkey breeds that have not been modified to grow fast and furiously. I haven’t had any myself, but they are also suppose to taste really good.
No matter what you choose to do, I hope that you have a very happy Thanksgiving. Let’s hear it for freedom!