Save Your Holiday Dinner with These 5 Vegan Roasts

The plates are arranged, the wine is poured, and holly-wrapped candles are adding pizzaz to your table: the only thing missing is the main event. We’ve done the painstaking job of buying, cooking, and devouring the five following roasts so you need not go to the trouble. Here are our thoughts:

Field Roast’s Celebration Roast

Seasoned with rubbed sage, garlic, and lemon juice, this traditional roast features a bread stuffing made with fresh onions, celery, cranberries, and butternut squash.

This is the simplest of the five roasts we tried. It cooks very quickly (just 30-40 minutes) and doesn't come with its own gravy. Though packed with flavor, it is a bit lacking on stuffing and a tad dry. It certainly can work as your holiday centerpiece, but we recommend eating it on a more regular, casual basis, like as cold slices or in a sandwich.

Gardein Holiday Roast

This sizable roast serves up to eight people and boasts a savory, cranberry wild rice stuffing and homestyle gravy.

We are absolutely obsessed with this roast. The crust is flakey and flavorful, the "meat" is (forgive me) moist, and there is tons of delicious stuffing. Even the gravy is fantastic. This is the kind of roast that everyone will love, from vegans to meat-eaters to anyone in-between. It takes a bit longer to cook (70-85 minutes) but is heated directly from frozen, which saves some time.

Trader Joe’s Breaded Turkey-Less Stuffed Roast with Gravy

Exclusively at Trader Joe’s, this soy-based roast is packed with wild rice stuffing, coated in a crispy breading, and served with gravy.

Like the Gardein Holiday Roast, this showstopper has a really nice, crispy, flakey crust and yummy gravy. It can be conveniently popped in the oven directly out of the package, no thawing necessary. The "meat" itself is flavorful and the stuffing is very savory, we just wished there were more of it. Lathered up with gravy and served with potatoes and other bomb sides, this roast is sure to impress.

Field Roast’s Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute

Stuffed with Field Roast sausages, crystallized ginger, cranberries, and apples all wrapped up in a savory puff pastry, this hazelnut-infused grain meat should not be missed. Let’s crown Field Roast king (or queen?) of the holidays because they’ve outdone themselves with another delicious roast.

If you like your savory with a punch of sweetness (which I do), this is the roast for you! Its flakey, crispy crust cocoons a roast full of flavor, with discernible cranberry and apple pieces. It tastes fresh, like it was just picked up from a bakery and not thawed from frozen. There is something special about this roast; I swear, its somehow packed full of the magic of the holidays.

Tofurky’s Plant-Based Holiday Feast

This classic vegan roast is made of wheat and tofu, and is stuffed with a blend of wild rice and breadcrumbs. A tub of savory gravy is included with the roast, as well as a chocolate cheesecake.

No offense to Tofurky, but I was honestly surprised by how much I enjoyed this roast. Out of all of five, it most closely resembles a specific meat (turkey, duh!), and has a really unique, delicious rice stuffing. As an added bonus, the chocolate cheesecake is super decadent! We recommend enjoying the cake with a nice cold glass of almond milk.

In the end, all five of the roasts were delicious in their own way, and only you can decide which one is the perfect star for your holiday feast.

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Hannah

  • West Hollywood, California