While I prefer not to eat mock meats too often, Gardein is my go-to choice, hands down. I’ve never tasted a product they’ve made that I didn’t like and the brand is overall pretty accessible – you don’t even have to visit a natural food store for it. However, this was my first bout with the Gardein Holiday Roast.
Since the stuffing contains cranberries, off the bat, I knew the roast would be a bit sweeter than my go-to Tofurkey. This kind of bummed me out at first as I’m not a fan of sweet entrees or fruit in non-dessert foods. It also meant I couldn’t prepare it the same way I do the Tofurkey and I never follow the instructions on the box, so I had some decisions to make!
We have an abnormal amount of apples right now and John, unlike myself, is a HUGE fan of sweet entrees and fruit filled non-desserts, so I put them to use!
- 1 Gardein Holiday Roast with Gravy
- 2 red apples
- 1/2 of a large sweet onion
- 4 Tbs (or 1/2 stick) of Earth Balance Vegan Butter
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Place the roast in an oven safe 10 x 10 glass dish with a lid (the dish should be just big enough for the roast).
- With your fingers, coat the top half of the Gardein Holiday Roast with the vegan butter (if the roast is completely defrosted, it is VERY pliable, so be careful).
- Pour the Gardein gravy over the roast (it should be covered about 1/2 way).
- Chop the apple and onion into small chunks and spread over the roast.
- Cover with the glass lid and bake for 1 hour.
- Uncover the roast and broil on high for another 20-30 minutes or until crisp on top.
- Place on a pretty dish, slice and enjoy!
All in all, the Gardein Holiday Roast was pretty great – not as sweet as I expected at all (score!) and definitely the most “meat-like” of all the roasts, which is great for sharing with carnivores! The apple-onion combo made for a nice addition to the gravy as well. So far, this one is John’s top choice and it’s a close race for me!
How do you prepare your Gardein Holiday Roast or which Holiday Roast is your favorite?