November 21, 2009
Welcome to part two of my fabulous fake turkey holiday extravaganza! Today, we're going to try out the Tofurky Roast. This is what most people think of when they think fake turkey. At least, the people I know. According to the website, "Tofurky Roasts have been America's original and best selling alternative to turkey" since it was introduced in 1995. It must be good, if people keep buying it, right? Let's find out!
I got the plain roast, with no extra fixings, since we'd already planned for all that stuff. Also, even though the website doesn't show it, I got the one that doesn't even come with gravy. Just the roast. Nothing fancy.
Again, I'll compare the website's promises to our experience. The website lauds, "its savory flavor and meat-like texture." Sounds a little more realistic, in my opinion. Savory flavor, meat-like texture. Let's see what the diners thought.
"well salted", "taste was ok but rather 'fake meat'", "it tries to taste like turkey", nice savory flavor", okay, not great", "A-", "B+"
"chewy...not meat-like, but this is a feature for me, not a bug", "spongy texture", "more rubbery - closer to meat texture than the others but squeaky", "best texture [of the three]", "meaty texture", "D"
The bottom of this roast got really tough and hard to cut through. I think in the future, I would rotate the roast as it cooked, even though the directions said nothing about turning it.
Also, the website doesn't talk about the stuffing inside this roast, and none of the other reviews I found online discussed it. I feel it deserves a mention. Here are some comments on the stuffing: "stuffing is very gluey and unpleasant", "stuffing=icky", "I like the stuffing ok", "stuffing: D". I'm surprised nobody else even mentions it - that was one of the few items on my plate that did not get eaten. Almost nobody ate the stuffing out of the middle of this roast.
When combined with the sides, this was actually fairly pleasant to eat. I'd eat it again, although if I could find one without stuffing in the middle, I'd prefer that.
Texture - B-
Flavor - B+
Final grade for this attempt: B