Battle of the Brands: Tofurky Holiday Roast

by Kortney Campbell on December 12, 2012

When I cook Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner for more than just John and I, I tend to make an array of entrees with at least 2 of them being some sort of holiday roast. It could be that I like to stick to what I know, but Tofurkey tends to be my favorite of all. However, if the preparation isn’t up to par, it can be quite the dried up loaf of disaster! This is why I want to share my secret guide to the Holiday Tofurkey!

Here’s What You Need:

  • 1 Tofurkey Roast (not the big dinner pack)
  • 32oz of Mushroom Gravy (I used Organic Imagine Natural Creations Vegetarian Mushroom Gravy)
  • 2-3 Cups of Portobello Mushrooms
  • 2 Large Red Potatoes
  • 2 Large Carrots
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion
  • 4 Tbs (or 1/2 stick) of Earth Balance Vegan Butter

Here’s What You Do:

  • With your hands, coat the entire Tofurkey Roast with the vegan butter & place it in the crock pot*
  • Chop the potatoes, carrots and onion into large chunks and place in the crock pot with the roast.
  • Place the mushrooms on top & cover with mushroom gravy (the roast should barely peek out)
  • Let it simmer on the highest setting over night (or 8-10 hours)
  • Place the Tofurkey on a pretty dish, surrounded by the veggies, slice and enjoy!

*If you don’t have a crock pot, you can cover and bake the roast in a large glass pan at 200 degrees for 4-6 hours.

I shared my first experience with the Gardein Holiday Roast yesterday and it was amazing. However, the Tofurkey crock pot combo gets me every time – it is so tender that it literally melts in your mouth! We’ve had a few requests for Field Roast and Trader Joe’s Vegan Roast, so keep an eye out for more Battle of the Brands! I’ll also be sharing some fun ideas for what to do with your leftover gravy!

How do you prepare your Tofurkey Roast or which Holiday Roast is your favorite?

About Kortney Campbell

I'm Kortney; a wife, natural mama and vegan in love with life, food and all things vintage! I've been vegan since December 2007, but have loved to cook & create pretty things since before I can remember. I started Vegan Housewives because I don't think you have to give up the joys of food when going vegan! I have a fondness for re-creating non-vegan recipes (especially my grandma's), making a healthier & animal friendly version so be sure to send me your favorite concoctions by clicking our "share a recipe" button - I would LOVE to veg-i-fy them!

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    lisa December 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Wow, thank you so much for this wonderful Tofurky Roast post and the excellent suggestions on preparation. We will make it this way, too!
    The Tofurky Team.;-)


    Tom December 12, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    I made my first Tofurky roast this Thanksgiving and cooked it in the slowcooker for 8 hours with veggies and vegetable broth and seasoning, and basted it every half hour. It was excellent but I may try your recipe this holiday


    Eartha Kitsch December 16, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    I’m so excited about this! We just got our yearly free ToFurkey from my husband’s employer and wanted a new way to prepare it – we usually just stick it in the oven like the box says.


    Alyssa December 24, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    do you put the tofurky into the crockpot frozen or thaw it first?


    VeganHousewives December 28, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    I’ve done it both ways & it comes out the same :)


    Sue November 25, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Hi there! I came across your recipe and am so excited to try it. I wanted to see if there was a way to make it at a higher setting but for 4 or 6 hours? We have to travel that day so I just wanted to see if this was a possibility. Thank you!


    Kortney Campbell November 25, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Hey Sue! I’m sure that would work. You could even let it cook overnight then turn it off and travel with it inside the warm crockpot! :)


    Christine November 27, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I’m making this for the first time this year! Usually I buy a Field Roast Celebration Roast, but I couldn’t find one this year. So, Thanksgiving dinner is at 1pm tomorrow. Do I stay up til 3am to put this in the crock pot? Or can I start this tonight around 10pm, then reheat it at 1pm tomorrow? Will it reheat okay? Or just keep it in the crock pot at the lowest setting? I’m not very Tofurkey or crock pot knowledgeable, so any advice is welcome. Thanks!


    Kortney Campbell November 27, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    I’ve left it in the crockpot for HOURS. I would just put it in there (frozen) the night before & set the crockpot to stay on all night then just leave it on heat until you eat. OR you could start it at like 8am, it just won’t be as tender. :)


    Christine November 27, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Thanks so much. Happy Thanksgiving!


    Mercedes November 28, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Hi, I’m also not very knowledgable about crock pot cooking! Leaving the Tofurkey in the crock pot for 8-10 hours on the highest setting sounds awfully long. Does your roast usually take this long? And do you switch to low heat at all during the cooking process? I’m so excited to try this out tonight! :)


    Kortney Campbell November 28, 2013 at 12:36 am

    I put mine in there for 10 hours a couple hours ago then when it’s finished, I will turn it on “warm” until we eat tomorrow at 1. This is the only way I’ll eat a holiday Tofurky :)


    Christine November 28, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Thanks so much for the crock pot advice. It turned out great! I’m not a big fake meat fan, and the only other time I made a Tofurkey I just stuck it in the oven – it was so dry. So I was skeptical. Everyone loved it! I compromised on the time – put it in the crock pot (thawed) at 5 am and took it out 7 1/2 hours later. Thanks!


    Kortney Campbell December 1, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I’m so glad you liked it, Christine! Thanks so much for letting us know how it turned out! This makes me so happy :)


    Dianne December 9, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Hi! This sounds good, but having just bought my first Tofurky I read the box and their crock pot recipe says to cook it on high for 3 hours. Cooking it for 8 hours (as opposed to 3) on high sounds extreme…although their recipe doesn’t call for added veggies in there. Just want to make sure to do this right, so I don’t regret giving it try after swearing I never would!


    Kortney Campbell December 9, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    We never follow the package directions ;) This is the only way I will eat a Tofurky!


    Dianne December 10, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Ok…I will give it a try! :)


    Dianne December 11, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Just wanted to do an update…I prepared the Tofurky according to your recipe. It sure smelled good throughout the day, and after slicing it very thinly I thought it really did look good and very meat-like. It was ok, at best. I guess I’m just not a fan of processed foods and Tofurky is processed food. I ate about half a serving (maybe) and my husband ate all of his. Please understand, I went into it with a very positive attitude, hoping for a new alternative meal for holidays or just a Sunday dinner. My husband was the skeptical one, and he ended up not loving it, but definitely liking it more than I did. We eat relatively few processed foods, and I mostly prepare fresh foods for our meals, so I guess I should have known I wouldn’t care for it. But, I do think cooking it using your recipe is a great way to prepare it!


    Kortney Campbell December 14, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Thanks for the update, Dianne! We don’t eat much mock meat in our home either. However, this is definitely the only way we will eat a Tofurky Holiday Roast. My husband is a big fan :)


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