Match Vegan Roast And Gardein Turk’y

December 14, 2010 by Keri

Not long ago, if you wanted to buy a vegan roast, your options were pretty much Tofurky or Tofurky.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love Tofurky roast, but since variety is the spice of life and we’d hate for people to use up all their best Tofurky jokes prematurely (Okay, maybe demand has something to do with it), many other vegan roasts have popped up on the market.   So far this year I’ve tried two vegan holiday products, the Match Stuffed Holiday Roast and Gardein Savory Stuffed Turk’y.  I purchased my Match roast from VeganEssentials in anticipation of the upcoming holidays, and since I’d heard such wonderful things, and didn’t want to pay shipping twice, I picked up one for Thanksgiving and another for Christmas.  I also picked up my Gardein Stuffed Turk’y in the same order, because my Whole Foods kept selling out before I could get them, but just a few days ago I saw them packed into my Whole Foods freezer.  I know both products are seasonal, but I’m hoping they’re offered throughout the holidays!

For the Match roast, I placed it in a pan, poured a little vegetable stock over, and rubbed with sea salt, fresh ground black pepper, and sage, followed by topping with the caramelized onions before roasting.  After only 25 minutes in the oven, my roast was ready to serve.  The texture was great, and the flavor benefited a lot from the sage, so I highly recommend a generous helping of your favorite seasonings if you choose this one.   The inside is the best part, a stuffing that isn’t at all too dry and yet didn’t get too soggy, either.  It’s big enough to easily serve 5, assuming you have plenty of side dishes, and if you do have leftovers, it reheats very nicely to be served over rice or as a sandwich.

Vegan Holiday Recipes

Vegan Holiday Recipes

Vegan Holiday Recipes

The Gardein Savory Stuffed Turk’y is definitely the easiest option.  They’re just bake and serve!  The package also includes a gravy packet to be thawed, heated, and served over the stuffed turk’y.  I thought these were fantastic.  I loved the breaded turk’y, and the gravy was quite good also. If you’ve tried any Gardein products before, it’s the same great flavor and texture quality you’d expect.  The husband wished the stuffing inside wasn’t quite so mushy, and I’ve read other people mention that too, but I thought it was very tasty!  Honestly, I wish these weren’t limited edition.  I could easily see just keeping them in the freezer for impromptu dinner guests or a nice dinner without all the work.  Each package serves 2 at one piece per person, so it’s easy to figure out how many you’ll need, depending on how many people you’re serving.

Vegan Holiday Recipes

Vegan Holiday Recipes

I was very excited to try these holiday products this year, but I can’t say I didn’t devour that Tofurky like nobody’s business when my mom served it.  They’re so yummy!  Maybe I was just grateful, but somehow hers was even better than the one from the Tofurky Feast I made back in September.

When it comes to roasts or holiday main dishes, what is your favorite?

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  1. sounds good! I am trying my first Tofurky this Christmas.

  2. Stefanie says:

    I have never tried a vegan roast of any kind. I’m worried it would be too meaty and real tasting. Most of the time I just make a regular meal for hoildays instead of a fancy spread of food.

  3. panda cookie says:

    I haven’t seen either of those! I did a Tofurky last year but this year I’m thinking of trying the Seitan en Croute from 500 vegan Recipes. We shall see.

  4. Michal says:

    Thanks for such a great review 🙂 Ive never tried a roast like that before (not even the tofurkey!) but i have been thinking about it for christmas.

  5. Vegan: not a fan of Tofurky says:

    -^..^- i’m gonna be honest (you want that, right?) please don’t hate me
    The truth … ick. I have been vegan for YEARS and veggie before that … and you can’t pay me to eat Tofurky. I reiterate: ICK. ICK ICK. The stuff is NASTY (I won’t mention how processed. ahem.) I tried it. Twice. Can’t deal.

    Here I mention: the reason to eat it is dumb. You don’t NEED meat so why WHY pretend to consume it? (sorry it’s in my contract.)

    I will however do stuffing, mashed ‘tatoes w/ sage, quinoa, MUSHROOMS, salad, and lightly steamed/roasted vegetables. LOTS’O veggies. Less cooked the better. Love that part. Green wins. But, and here it sounds mean again…sorry…I swear it’s not meant to be … The picture posted looks like the green beans have been boiled to DEATH (pet peeve) and ::gag:: the “meat” looks like … wellll … dead bird. I’m guessing that’s what you were aiming at (are you a newbie? You’ll stop the ranting when you get your own message) Again. Ick. It’s why I am a vegan. The health stuff? BONUS.

    So I leave you with this question:
    Why are you a vegan? Health? Ethics? So. Do tell. Anyone?

    I am NOT trying to be nasty … I just am truly wondering what it is that appeals about this “product” if you are a vegan. Clearly, there is a market. Sigh. –xo

  6. Vegan: not a fan of Tofurky says:

    =^..^= Question (as if anyone wants to talk to me anymore)
    What do you eat if you don’t eat gluten? Recipes? Everyday stuff? I don’t mind cooking. Really. Just prefer to eat salad and drink green juice.

    Okay an amends, a recommendation (you never saw this coming):
    Field Roast (brand) … apple-sage sausage. Use it to make your stuffing. It has wheat gluten so for those that can’t, don’t. But the flavor is worth the faux pas.