I received Tofurky samples to facilitate this review; all opinions are my own.
I am a vegetarian so I’ve eaten plenty of meat substitutes. I know some people find it weird that a vegetarian would eat them, but since I ate meat for my first 30 or so years of life, there are tastes from my childhood that faux meat can recreate.
I recently got the opportunity to try Tofurky’s newest frozen entrees. They’ve just added a new line that includes a “chicken” pot pie and several pocket sandwiches.
New Tofurky Frozen Entrees
I must first tell you that there were two things that affected my taste test. First, UPS delivered the frozen box, clearly marked “perishable” and “do not delay” to the front of my garage without letting me know. It sat there for 12 hours while I sat inside the house unaware that my frozen food was now cold. That meant that I had to cook it all upon arrival so I tasted everything at once – just a bite of each – instead of getting to savor it at my leisure.
The second thing is that I don’t like crust, any crust. I know, I’m in the minority, but I don’t like soggy or mushy things, and for me, crust falls into that category. Since this new line is heavy on the crust, it had a strike against it from the beginning.
Still, I enjoyed most of the Tofurky entrees. The real standout for me was the vegetarian Chick’n Pot Pie. The sauce was delicious and the faux chicken lent the dish the perfect texture and flavor. The wheat crust was a nice touch and I did eat the top crust which was nicely browned from the oven. I baked it longer than the directions called for and should have left it in another 5 minutes to reach optimal browning, but I was anxious to get it going. It can be made in the microwave, but um, yuck!
The rest of the line is good, though unremarkable. Most are made vegan with a cheese substitute which never really lives up to real cheese’s goodness. Cheese is one of the reasons I’m a vegetarian and not a vegan.
The other standout for me was the BBQ Chick’n. It had a nice zesty BBQ sauce that paired well with the texture of the faux vegetarian chicken.
I’ll be trying a few of these entrees again soon. This time I’ll pick them up in the freezer section of my grocery store so I can enjoy them they way they’re intended. Darn you UPS! If you like crust and meat substitutes, you’ll likely love them all.