Match Vegan Roast And Gardein Turk’y
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.
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.
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?