Vegan MoFo #7: Unturkey

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Vegan MoFo #7: Unturkey

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It’s Thanksgiving today, a day of mourning for the millions of turkeys mutilated and murdered all over Canada to uphold a tradition.  Turkeys are one of the friendliest creatures I’ve encountered.  See my article about turkeys here.

My post today will be about making a cruelty free roast.  In the old days, there were TWO kinds of boxed vegan turkey feasts you can buy at the grocery store.  The Tofurky and the Unturkey.    Not many vegans I know now have ever tasted the Unturkey.  I must say, it was my favorite and I’ll choose Unturkey over Tofurky any day.  What makes Unturkey unique and yummy is the crispy outer skin made of yuba.   Sadly, Now and Zen, the company that made Unturkey has folded.

In honour of the great Unturkey, I’m making one from scratch!  It took a while to find the full recipe on the internet but I managed to find it here!

roll out seitan dough and sprinkle with nutritional yeast

roll out seitan dough and sprinkle with nutritional yeast

Normally I like to make seitan using whole wheat flour, but I got lazy and bought vital wheat gluten flour.  With the VWG you just add water and roll out the dough.  It saves a lot of work.

wrap the whol mass up in cheese cloth

wrap the whole mass up in cheese cloth

drop in broth to boil for 1.5 hours

drop in broth to boil for 1.5 hours

make stuffing

make stuffing

remove seitan from broth

remove seitan from broth

unroll seitan, stuff it and wrap it up with yuba

unroll seitan, stuff it and wrap it up with yuba

put the roast in the oven and baste the sucker once every 15 min

put the roast in the oven and baste the sucker once every 15 min

As we speak, the Unturkey is still in the oven.  I’ll do another post when it’s ready to serve!


5 Comments

Alison C.

October 12, 2009 at 3:23 pm

This looks delicious!! Wish I could try one of these; I hadn’t heard of it before. Maybe I’ll make it one day…

Michelle

October 12, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Wow – this sounds amazing. Where do you buy your yuba?

Claudia

October 13, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Joanne…you are my “unturkey” super hero…can I borrow your cape?

Becci

October 13, 2009 at 6:13 pm

Oo, I want to see it finished!

Joanne

October 13, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Yuba can be bought at T&T market. Go to the refrigerated section where you will find 10000 kinds of tofu. You’ll find the giant bag of fresh yuba. Don’t get it mixed up with regular tofu sheets. Yuba looks somewhat translucent…like brown wax paper.

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