Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tofurkey Italian Sausage: Vegan Product Information, Review & Cooking Tips

Tofurkey Italian Sausage has a great, robust flavor - in part from the sun-dried tomatoes and basil, I'm sure - and is really a great addition to a number of meals. I have used this tasty meat alternative many, many times in a variety of dishes and have never been disappointed.

Here are my favorite ways to serve this tasty Italian sausage:
# Serve this tasty meatless sausage sandwich style - Cook on stovetop with a small amount of oil and serve on a bun with sautéed onions and green peppers.

# Add tons of flavor and heartiness to pasta - Cut into rounds (like coins) and cook on the stove with a bit of oil, stir into marinara and serve over your choice of pasta. (for an even heartier sauce I sometimes will also mix in vegan ground crumbles along with the Tofurkey Italian Sausage)

# Serve meatless sausage at your next BBQ - Tofurkey Italian Sausage is amazing when cooked on the grill. For added flavor and ease of grilling you can lightly oil the vegan sausage link before placing it on the grill, or just put it on there as is.

# Serve it like a hot dog - For a spicy, vegan alternative to hot dogs, cook Tofurkey Italian Sausage on the stove or the grill and serve in a bun with your favorite hot dog fixings.

# Serve it in a single-bowl meal - When I'm in a rush or just don't feel like spending hours cooking up a vegan feast, my partner and I enjoy eating Tofurkey Italian Sausage mixed with rice and veggies in a bowl. Cut up the Tofurkey Italian Sausage into rounds, cook on the stove with some oil and mix it in with brown rice and steamed vegetables for a quick, filling meal.

To read my full product review and cooking tips for Tofurkey Italian Sausge, click here.


  1. I just purchased some Tofurkey Italian Sausage, and here is my review:

    Appearance: This "sausage" looks harmless, although it's rather dark in appearance. Packaging is innocuous, plastic bubble wrap. Looks like yer typical specialty offering from grocery store or natural foods outlet.

    Aroma: None to speak of.

    Flavor: Not much. None of the spices I expect in italian sausage.

    Texture: Here is the real killer on this stuff: It's mushy. I have tried the Boca Italian Sausage and it's sorta chewey and crumbly and spiced sorta like italian sausage. The Tofurkey Italian Sausage? No, it's just spongy, limp, and dull.

    Edibility: After sauteeing this stuff with spices (plenty of 'em) and putting it into our spagetti sauce, we decided the best thing to do was fish it out, piece by piece, and replace it with something else. This stuff is a total loss. NOT recommended.

    On the plus side, it doesn't taste horrible. It just doesn't have much taste at all, and the texture is like tofu, nothing like turkey.

  2. I do not find this to be tasteless. It is plenty spicy. As directed on the package, it benefits greatly from how it is cooked. For pasta? I don't stir it in until I am ready to serve, or it the crisply sauteed pieces get mushy again, quick. For sandwich? Same thing. If you plan on using this without a cooking method that crisps it, you are an idiot. It is plenty spicy.