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Stuffed Tofu Roast with Savory Gravy

Yield6 Servings

This traditional and flavorful vegan recipe will help you create the perfect Thanksgiving dinner. Add green beans, mashed potatoes, or yams and your non-veg guests won't miss a thing. Cheers!


Tofu Roast
 3 packages extra firm tofu
 ¼ cup nutritional yeast
 1 ½ tablespoons onion powder
 ¼ cup tamari or soy sauce
 Water (if tofu seems too dry)
 Cornbread stuffing (recipe below)
 Basting sauce (recipes below)
Country Cornbread Stuffing
 Skillet Cornbread recipe (or 4 to 6 cups of commercial cornbread crumbs)
 3 cups dried whole wheat or gluten-free bread cubes
 1 tablespoon dried basil
 2 tablespoons dried sage
 1 teaspoon dried parsley
 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
 1 large onion, finely chopped
 3 stalks celery, finely chopped
 1 (8 ounce) package mushrooms, finely chopped
 2 ½ cups vegetable stock
Ginger-Garlic Basting Sauce
 1 ½ tablespoons grated fresh ginger
 1 ½ tablespoons grated or minced garlic
 ¼ cup soy or tamari sauce
Savory Gravy
 1 medium-sized onion
 8 ounces mushrooms
 ½ cup unbleached flour or gluten-free flour
 6 cups water or vegetable stock
 ½ cup nutritional yeast
 ½ cup tamari sauce (gluten-free soy sauce)
 2 teaspoons onion powder
 1 ½ teaspoons dried rosemary
 1 ½ teaspoons dried sage
 ½ teaspoon dried basil
 Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425° F.


Drain tofu and triple wrap in paper towels. Squeeze out as much water as possible.


Crumble tofu and place it in a large bowl. Add nutritional yeast, onion powder, and tamari or soy sauce. Mix together.


Take a small handful of tofu mixture and squeeze. If it seems too dry, add a couple of tablespoons of water and mix. Test again. You want the tofu to hold together and not crumble. If it is still too dry, add more water, one tablespoon at a time.


Oil a 9x13-inch dish and pat half the tofu mixture onto bottom of dish. Add the stuffing (recipe below) and cover the bottom layer. Leave enough space in the dish to cover with the remaining tofu mixture. This recipe makes more stuffing than can comfortably fill the dish. The excess can be cooked in a small bowl (cover with foil before baking).


Baste with the Ginger-Garlic Basting Sauce. Bake at 425° F for 10 minutes. Turn heat to 375° F for 20 minutes or until the roast is golden brown on top.


Serve with Savory Gravy (recipe below) and Fresh Cranberry Relish.

Country Cornbread Stuffing

Crumble the cornbread into medium- to small-sized pieces. The cornbread could be baked and crumbled the day before. Add the bread cubes.


Add basil, sage, parsley, and rosemary. Mix together.


Chop the vegetables and sauté over medium heat in 2 tablespoons vegetable stock until onions are translucent and the vegetables are soft. Add veggies to the bread crumb mixture.


Drizzle the vegetable stock over the bread and veggie mixture. Mix well. Set aside for about 5 minutes to allow the moisture to absorb before adding to roast.

Ginger-Garlic Basting Sauce

Combine ingredients and baste as directed above.

Savory Gravy

Place half of the vegetables in a food processor and chop to a fine mince. Place in a bowl and repeat with remaining vegetables.


Place the vegetables in a non-stick skillet with a tablespoon of water or vegetable broth over medium-low heat. Sauté until they are golden brown, adding more water a teaspoon at a time, as needed, to prevent vegetables from sticking.


While vegetables are cooking, place flour, vegetable stock or water, nutritional yeast, tamari, and spices in a blender and pulse until mixed.


When vegetables are cooked, add liquid to pan. Whisk at medium-high heat continually until gravy thickens. If you don’t whisk while the gravy thickens, you could end up with lumpy gravy!

Serves 6

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