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-Trader Joe’s Turkey-less Stuffed Roast
I was excited this week to see the new Turkey-less Stuffed Roasts Trader Joe’s had to offer vegans for this Thanksgiving. I bought a couple roasts and decided to make one this weekend and write a review. You can skip to the last paragraph for the final verdict on this roast if you’re in a rush.
Out of the box, the roast looks seasoned and a little larger than a Tofurky roast. I was happy to see a large portion of gravy included in the box. Although the roast is already stuffed, I decided to make a side of mashed potatoes, stuffing, and corn for my pre-Thanksgiving feast.
-Roast before heading into the oven
I heated the oven to 400F and covered the roast like the directions suggest. After a few minutes in the oven I seasoned with paprika and oil as the directions asked as well as heated the gravy in a dish.
-Roast after cooking
The roast was easy to cook and didn’t take much time at all. I was really excited to cut into it. As I explained in a previous post, these Trader Joe’s roasts are private labeled by Gardein. Gardein is known to create meats that have the texture and taste of meat.
The texture is definitely more like meat when compared with Tofurky as you can probably see from the above picture. The roast cut very easily and didn’t seem to come out rubbery like some say Tofurky can be depending on the way it’s cooked.
Trader Joe’s Turkey-Less Stuffed Roast with Gravy is a great alternative to those looking for something other than Tofurky’s Roast or Field Roast’s Celebration Roast. The texture and the taste of this roast stands out against the competition. The roast is a bit lighter than Field Roast and is more full-proof over Tofurky’s Roast. I made my own gravy with mushrooms since I heard that the gravy included here wasn’t very good and I wanted more for the other side dishes I was preparing. The gravy included with this roast is great for those who want the convenience. I don’t think the gravy was bad and would definitely use it as opposed to making my own. I might make the gravy a little more flavorful by adding spices next time I prepare this roast. Trader Joe’s seems to putting this roast in direct competition with Tofurky’s roast and I think it’s might win some fans over. My favorite roast is still Field Roast’s but I will definitely purchase these roasts in the future too since they’re only available around the holidays. I would give this roast a try!
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