The Thanksgiving Collection
How you doin’? When I plan a large holiday dinner, I never want any of my guests to feel uncomfortable or out of place when dinner is served. I try to accommodate many different tastes and diets in my holiday menus. One of the seemingly more challenging to accommodate is a vegan diet on “turkey day.” So, I serve this vegan roast with the best vegan mashed potatoes, vegan gravy and roasted brussels sprouts for the most amazing vegan feast!
Impress your guests with this tofu-based loaf, made completely from scratch. Sure, you could always purchase other options, since there are now plenty of products available but why not make your own at home so you know everything that’s in it? You’ll be surprised how easy it is.
Like many soy-based foods, tofu originated in China during the Han Dynasty. Legend has it that it was discovered about 2000 years ago by a Chinese cook who accidentally curdled soy milk when he added nigari seaweed. Tofu was introduced in Japan in the eighth century, tofu was originally called okabe. Its contemporary name, tofu, did not come into use until 1400.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 1 hour
Cool time: 10-15 minutes
Yield: 6 Servings
24 ounces firm pressed and mashed tofu
1/3 cup ketchup
1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon fresh garlic, finely chopped
1 cup yellow onion, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup whole grain breadcrumbs or rolled oats or crushed corn flakes
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 teaspoon chopped rosemary
ChefSecret: To avoid soggy tofu-syndrome, sandwich it between multiple layers of paper towel-lined plates and weigh it down from the top. Your tofu sandwich should be constructed as such: plate, paper towels, tofu, paper towels, second plate, heavy can or cast-iron pan.
Quip of the Day: “The mind is like tofu. It tastes like whatever you marinate it in.”
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