Guide to making your own TOFURKEY from scratch

Uploaded by olgiboll on 19.12.2011

Hi, my name is Olga and today I'm going to show you
how to make a vegetarian tofurkey that will serve as a centerpiece
for our delicious holiday meal.
First of all we are going to make a tofu turkey
that is flavored with a lot of fresh herbs
and other seasonings.
Then we are going to make this amazing stuffing that has cranberries, cashews
fresh herbs and olives
and then we are going to round it of with a delicious vegetarian gravy
made with wine and fresh mushrooms and cream.
I have personally never eaten a meat turkey but i wanted my tofurkey to taste
the real thing
so that it would go with cranberry sauce and gravy and all those other
traditional trimmings.
So, we are going to start by making the base for the tofurkey
using this tofu.
I'm going to use
five blocks off firm tofu
and one block of silken tofu.
I have chosen to flavor my tofurkey with
a lot of these fresh herbs
other things that are traditionally used to flavor poultry.
I have cut the tofu into cubes
and now i'm adding the
parsley and thyme,
and the sage.
I'm adding some miso
and quite a lot of fresh pepper.
Adding some poultry flavoring
and some onion powder.
I'm going to blend all this together.
Now i have blended all the tofu and herbs and flavorings and you can see its quite
finely blended.
I am transfering this tofu and
herb blend
into a colander dressed with a clean towel.
Smoothing this down on top
and then wrapping it up. Now i'm placing a plate on top
and then i'm putting a heavy
can there to weight it down
and i'm going to put this
in the refrigerator in a bowl over night.
If you don't have so much time you can just let it drain for a
couple of hours.
Ok, so our tofu is
draining in the fridge and I'm going to show you how to make a really nice stuffing.
You can of course
use your own recipe or you can buy stuffing in the store
but this one is really good and I really recommend you try it.
For our stuffing we have some dried cranberries,
ten olives with pimento inside,
rosted cashews,
one sour green apple,
a loaf of french bread or a baguette,
three onions,
some fresh celery,
some sage,
some parsley
and some vegetable stock. I've made my own but you can use a stock cube if you want
and we have some fresh black pepper and poultry seasoning.
Now I'm not going to cut these ingredients into little cubes, about a quarter inch maybe,
and then I'll meet you in the kitchen and we can start cooking.
Now we are in the kitchen and I'm going to show you how to make the stuffing
I've cut up all the ingredients and I'm going to start by toasting
these bread cubes
in the oven with some vegan butter
and the oven I've
preheated to two hundred degrees Celsius.
While the bread is toasting in the oven
I'm melting some butter here in a pan
The butter is frying and I'm going to add
the onions
and celery
and i'm gonna it fry for about five to ten minutes until it
is soft and see though.
The onions and celery
are frying and I'm going to take the bread out and add it.
It's important to toast the bread because otherwise you'll end up with a mushy stuffing.
I'm adding the bread.
Your pan will probably be full
at this stage but it will
shrink down a little bit while cooking.
Now I'm going to add the rest of the ingredients.
So I'm adding the chopped spring apple
and the olives.
you can also use raisins but I think cranberries
are really beautiful and they give
the stuffing a nicer color. I'll stir this a little bit.
Now I'm adding chopped up
parsley and sage.
and some pepper.
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