Thanksgiving - What's on the Table?Here in America, now that I've done my duty and voted, my thoughts turn to Thanksgiving.
For the first few years after we started eating vegetarian, we tried other main dishes for the Thanksgiving table (like quiche) - without much success. So, we started on a quest for a turkey substitute.
There are at least 2 major products out on the market - Tofurkey and UnTurkey. Now, you may love these, but we were very unimpressed when we tried them. In fact, one of them (I won't say which, but you know who you are) is affectionately referred to at our house as the "mummy head" turkey.
However, there is a harder-to-find product that taste so much like the real thing that you may be wondering what exactly the "secret ingredient" is! Admittedly, it doesn't look like a traditional turkey, but it still makes a nice presentation.
This product, made by Worthington*, has the mouthy name "Meatless Smoked Turkey Vegetable and Grain Protein Roll"! It come in a 4 pound frozen roll (I have several recipes to use up the leftovers), and is not exactly value-priced. But, then, we only buy it once a year.
I find the best way to get one is to call around to the local small vegetarian store and ask if they will do a special order for me. (I've had no luck with regular grocery stores or Whole Foods.) It helps to know the UPC - 2898927116 - to be sure that you are getting the correct product. And be sure to let them know that you want 1 roll, not a case of 4! Also, so you aren't surprised when you show up to get it, ask what the price will be.
In future posts, I'll give the recipe for cooking it - plus the recipes for the stuffing and roasted asparagus you see in the picture. And, of course, a couple of leftover recipes.
* A division of Kellogg's, who also make Morningstar Farms and Loma Linda products.