The Tofurky Ham Style Roast is no Tofurky (Thank Goodness)

If you’re looking for a festive plant-based entree for your next holiday meal, check out the Tofurky Ham Style Roast! My family and I gave the Tofurky ham a try for New Years’ Eve, and it was a huge hit with everyone. Flavour-wise, it’s very similar to a Southern-style ham. It’s really delicious, and I think far superior to the Tofurky Roast (often called a “Tofurky”) that we had for Christmas.

Traditional Tofurky: The Humble Hippie Staple

This Christmas, our family tried the traditional Tofurky, and it was a bit of a let-down. To be fair, I didn’t expect to like it. In my opinion, the original Tofurky deserves its reputation as a tasteless, crunch-granola vegan staple. I know there are many long-time vegetarians and vegans who will defend the reputation of the humble Tofurky, but I’m not one of them. Honestly, it’s incredibly boring and flavorless. That said, as I said in my review, nobody in our family hated it (and the stuffing was actually quite good). Still, I definitely wouldn’t serve it to anyone who wasn’t already vegan.

Modern veganism is all about making the world a better place on our own terms. A diet for the modern world shouldn’t be about deprivation and terrible tasting food (although I suppose it can be, if that’s your thing). Fortunately, thanks to delicious options like the Beyond Burger, equal-to-traditional (and often superior) vegan food is becoming the norm. We shouldn’t have to settle for less than stellar vegan foods.

The Tofurky Ham Roast

tofurky ham style roast

The Tofurky Ham comes wrapped like a traditional ham and is sold with a delicious sweet beer glaze

I am happy to report that The Tofurky Ham Roast is genuinely tasty. It has the same flavour as a traditional southern ham, and comes with a delicious beer glaze that you apply after baking the ham in the oven for about an hour. The glaze is quite sweet (which seems to have alarmed a few reviewers), but it’s meant for basting. You aren’t supposed to be drinking the glaze, so please complain that it’s too sweet.

The roast comes in a cute little package quite reminiscent of a traditional holiday ham. The netting is completely unnecessary from a functional point of view, but it’s cute and somewhat comforting to the consumer.

Less comforting is the ham’s colour, which is identical to that of a sweet potato. I have no idea why Tofurky chose to make the ham bright orange. However, the colouring is derived from purple carrots, so it’s all natural, if a bit odd. And it’s far more appealing than the dull brown colour of the traditional Tofurky roast.

After baking the ham uncovered for an additional 15 minutes with the glaze, it’s done! I recommend slicing the ham thinly for best results and serving it as part of a traditional holiday dinner. And thanks to beautiful glaze, it looks quite nice all sliced and served on a holiday table.

tourky ham style roast serving suggestion

Serving Suggestion. The ham is on the top left, next to the sweet potatoes. You’ll notice that it’s even brighter coloured than the sweet potatoes!

Closing Thoughts

I will definitely be buying the Toufurky Ham Style Roast again, especially for Easter. It was delicious. It’s considerably healthier than a traditional smoked southern style ham, with about 7 grams of fat per serving, vs. 13 grams for the traditional ham. And it’s very high in protein, with 25 grams per serving. I do sort of wish that the Tofurky ham had a bit more fat – it would be nice if they created some marbling with coconut oil (as you guys know, I’m vegan for a better world, not for my health).

Interestingly, I found that the ham had an even better texture the second day when we reheated it. I’m not exactly sure why, and I’d be interested to know if anyone else experienced the same thing!

Overall, it’s an excellent option, especially if you’re a fan of the sweet, smokey flavour of a Southern-style ham or bacon. But beware! If you don’t like ham, you probably won’t like this, because even though this plant-based ham is vegan, it tastes like the real thing, and anyone who dislikes the flavour of pork is likely to find this vegan version too similar.





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