Tofurky® doesn’t usually invoke feelings of gourmet foodiness, but their new line of sausages will definitely change your perception of these tofu turkey creators. Turtle Island Foods, Inc. has turned their Tofurky® Roast into three sausage flavors ready for the grill and more:
- Kielbasa (Polish for sausage)
- Beer Brats (made with Full Sail Ale!)
- Italian Sausage (flavored with sun-dried tomatoes & basil)
The Beer Brats first caught my attention at Sun Harvest, because of the inclusion of Full Sail’s Amber Ale. I’m guessing they chose Full Sail because they are also headquartered in Hood River, Oregon. So far, these have been my favorite. The beer really gives them a rich and smoky flavor. They’re a bit salty on their own, but the saltiness subdues once combined with bread or other ingredients.
The Kielbasa flavor was good, but not great. These were even saltier and had a flavor in the background that I didn’t like. Perhaps it was a pungent garlic taste? I’m not sure. Both of the sausages had a soft yet chewy texture, and were great on the grill. I also tried slicing them up and sauteing them up in a pan, and that was really good, too (recipe follows). They are also microwaveable. I can’t wait to try the Italian flavor!
These sausages contain 50% less fat than real sausage. Their sodium content is a bit high (620-660 mg), but they have zero cholesterol. They also pack 26-29 grams of protein, 8 grams of fiber, and only contain 12 grams of carbs. Best of all, they are vegan and hexane-free.
Besides grilling them up and eating them on a bun with spicy mustard, I made this quick sausage and peppers sandwich. The variations on this sandwich are endless. I would have loved to use bell peppers, but I only had yellow peppers from the farmers market on hand. Garlic would’ve been nice as well, but I was too lazy to add it. Use caution with the yellow chili peppers. They’re just like jalapenos, some are HOT and some are mild! You might want to deseed and devein them.
Sausage & Peppers Sandwich for One
1 Tofurky Gourmet Sausage (any flavor), sliced
¼ onion, thinly sliced
2 yellow chili peppers, thinly sliced
1 tomato, roughly chopped
dried oregano, salt, & freshly ground pepper to taste
Any type of bread (I used whole wheat hot dog buns)
Any cheese or no cheese (I used Kraft’s Triple Cheddar Cheese)
Any condiments (I used spicy mustard & creamy horseradish sauce)
- Drizzle a bit of oil in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat.
- Saute onions for a few minutes, then add peppers & cook for another few minutes or until browned.
- Add sausage & cook for a few minutes or until browned.
- Add tomatoes & oregano. Season with salt & pepper if needed. Cook for another few minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated.
- Serve on toasted bread with cheese and condiments.