Tofu Turkey

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This is the best Vegan and Gluten-Free Tofu Turkey! It is so flavorful, tofu is seasoned with herbs and spices, stuffed with cornbread stuffing, marinated and baked to perfection.

Tofu Turkey

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Tofu Turkey Centerpiece i n a white serving dish

Ever since a reader asked what replacement could one have for Tofurky that is gluten-free and vegan, I have been experimenting on this recipe and I'm happy to finally share it with my readers in time for Thanksgiving. 

I already have outstanding holiday recipes for  Lentil Loaf, Lentil Meat Balls and Smothered Tofu Chicken that would be perfect to be the main dishes at any Thanksgiving table but  I needed one to replace Tofurky. My Tofu Turkey recipe was a huge hit with my family members, especially my son Daevyd. 

What Is Tofu Turkey

What Is Tofu Turkey?

Tofu turkey is a meat substitute shaped in the form of a loaf that at times has a seasoned stuffing in the center. It is usually made from a combination of tofu and gluten. It is usually sold in health food stores in the refrigerated and frozen sections. 

Step By Step Tofu Turkey

How To Make Tofu Turkey?

  1. Make a batch of Cornbread Stuffing, make your own or use store-bought. Set aside.
  2. Make the marinade and set aside. 
  3. Drain tofu, place in a food processor and process until fine
  4. Add tofu in a large bowl, mix with seasonings.
  5. Place a cheesecloth or thin towel (I used parchment paper) inside a colander, add tofu. Cover tofu with cheesecloth or thin towel and then add weights on top of the cloth.  Place colander on a place and refrigerate for 2 hours. (Skip this step if you use superfirm tofu)
  6. After chilling, tofu, remove the middle of the tofu to form a hole and about an inch of tofu remaining at the base and sides, reserve the scooped out tofu.
  7. Place stuffing in the center of the hollowed out tofu and cover the stuffing with the remaining tofu, pressing down with the palm of your hands.
  8. Baste tofu with the marinade. Invert tofu onto a baking sheet and form tofu in an oval shape. 
  9. Baste the top and sides of tofu with the marinade. Cover tofu with parchment paper, foil, and bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 1 hour, basting every 30 minutes. Remove cover after 1 hour and bake for 30 minutes until golden brown. 
  10. Remove tofu turkey and transfer onto a serving platter, garnish with rosemary and cranberries. 

Serving Suggestions

Tofu Turkey is delicious served with my Gravy,  Green Bean Casserole, Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, Sweet Potato Casserole.

Thanksgiving Tofu Turkey

Notes:

  • It is best to use Super Firm Tofu,  Trader Joes and Wildwood brands have superfirm tofu.
  • The final texture although its firm it is not exactly like gluten roast but it is the best gluten-free vegan texture that's homemade.

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Recipe Adapted from Guava Rose Blog

 

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Nutrition

Energy:
240 kcal / 1003 kJ
Fat:
7 g
Protein:
7 g
Carbs:
55 g
Per 100g

Cooking Time

Preparation:
20 min
Cooking:
1 h 30 min
Ready in:
1 h 50 min
For:
10 Servings

Ingredients

Tofu

Marinade

2 cups Cornbread Stuffing

    Instructions

    1. Make a batch of Cornbread Stuffing, make your own or use store-bought. Set aside. Mix marinade in a medium bowl and set aside
    2. Place tofu in a food processor and process until fine Add tofu in a large bowl, mix with seasonings.
    3. If using extra-firm tofu, place a cheesecloth or thin towel (I used parchment paper) inside a colander, add tofu. Cover tofu with cheesecloth or thin towel and then add weights on top of the cloth.  Place colander on a place and refrigerate for 2 hours. Skip this step if you are using Super Firm Tofu.
    4. Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
    5. After chilling tofu, remove the middle of the tofu to form a hole and about an inch of tofu remaining at the base and sides, reserve the scooped out tofu. Place stuffing in the center of the hollowed out tofu and cover the stuffing with the remaining tofu, pressing down with the palm of your hands.
    6. Baste tofu with the marinade. Invert tofu onto a baking sheet and form tofu in an oval shape. 
    7. Baste the top and sides of tofu with the marinade. Cover tofu with parchment paper, foil, and bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 1 hour, basting every 30 minutes. Remove cover after 1 hour and bake for 30 minutes until golden brown skin crispy. 
    8. Remove tofu turkey and transfer onto a serving platter, garnish with rosemary and cranberries. 

    Notes

    Gluten-Free Tofu Tuirkey

    Michelle Blackwood, RN

    Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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    6 Comments
    1. Alice F Humphrey
      September 27, 2019

      Do you have a good recipe; for vegan sweet potato pie this is firm and a really good taste? What about a vegan carrot cake

      • Michelle Blackwood
        September 27, 2019

        Thank you Alice, I have vegan sweet potato pie and carrot cake. If you go on the home page you can use the search function to find them.

    2. Debbie
      June 9, 2019

      Dear Michelle I’m back and one good thing that happened is that I can make my own tofu today but it not as firm as processed one so I dont think I can make heavy dishes like this one.

      • Michelle Blackwood
        June 9, 2019

        Debbie, that’s wonderful that you are making homemade tofu, it tastes way better when I used to make tofu it got firm, place the coagulated tofu into the middle of cheesecloth or clean cotton cloth in the bottom of a colander placed in the sink, bring all the sides of the cloth together over the tofu and twist right above the tofu tight to squeeze excess liquid. Place a 3-pound weight on top of tofu for about 30 minutes. Basically, the longer the tofu is pressed and the more weight is placed on top of it during the process is the firmer it gets. Hope this helps

    3. Tanesha
      November 16, 2018

      OMG this looks sooo good! I wish you had a video tho. I feel like I need to see steps 4-6. But on a s/n… I’m so happy I stumbled upon your page too!

      • Michelle Blackwood
        November 16, 2018

        Thank you Tanesha, you are so right. I will make it again soon to include more steps with the photos or do a video. I appreciate your feedback.