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Half of a wheat protein based stuffed roast, packaged and frozen

Tofurkey (a portmanteau of tofu and turkey) is faux turkey – a loaf or casserole of vegetarian protein, usually made from tofu (soybean protein) or seitan (wheat protein) with a stuffing made from grain(s) and/or bread flavored with a broth and seasoned with herbs and spices. Tofurkey is oven-roasted or baked. Tofurkey can serve as the main dish of a formal holiday meal for people who abstain from or would like to abstain from eating meat, but still want to have a centerpiece to carve for nostalgic reasons.[1] It has become popular as a vegan meat alternative served at Thanksgiving (USA and Canada), Christmas, harvest festivals, and other winter holidays. Tofurkey can be homemade or purchased pre-made and frozen from multiple sources such as Health food stores, specialty grocers, or ordered online and shipped in insulated packing.[1]



There are currently several brands of tofurkey on the public market, including Tofurky produced by Turtle Island Foods in Hood River, Oregon,[1] the Celebration Roast produced by the Field Roast Grain Meat Co. of Seattle, Washington,[1] the Stuffed Holiday Roast made by Match Foods (previously called AuraPro) of St. Louis, Missouri, and formerly the UnTurkey (produced until 2006) from the now defunct Now & Zen, which was one of the first in the US market.

Tofurkey and the other branded vegetarian meat substitutes are plant-protein-based. The Field Roast Grain Meat Company produces a vegan product based on wheat gluten,[1] vegetables, herbs and spices. Field Roast Company produces the only soy-free line of products on the market.

As part of a holiday meal

A stuffed holiday roast, with a turkey-style flavoring (soy based), frozen 1.5 lbs

Tofurkey is popular in communities with vegetarian and vegan members, whose individuals object to turkey meat for health, environmental, and/or ethical/political reasons, but enjoy celebrating holidays with traditional meals. The product may be part of a completely vegetarian meal that includes vegetarian and/or vegan updates of other classics (such as pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, and meatless gravy), or served alongside turkey at a more traditional table to accommodate vegetarian guests.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e Decarbo, Beth (2008-11-13). "Any Way You Slice It, It's Not Turkey". The Wall Street Journal. 

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