Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner Casserole

Here’s a hearty, vegan casserole just in time for your Thanksgiving feast! Cornbread apple cider stuffing, pan-fried breakfast veggie sausage, Tofutti Better Than Ricotta Cheese, garlic mashed potatoes, and a creamy pumpkin Marsala gravy, topped with cashew crumbles as garnish. And green beans in a melted orange marmalade and fresh lime glaze makes a perfect accompaniment. Makes 8-12 servings.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees when you’re ready to bake the casserole.

Veggie Sausage
6 froz. breakfast veggie patties (I used Gardein brand)

Cook frozen breakfast veggie patties in olive oil, over medium heat, till browned on both sides and cooked throughout, adding more oil when you flip to cook the other sides.

Remove from skillet to plate and let set until they reach room temperature. Break into small pieces (crumbles) and set aside.

1/4 c. olive oil
1 c. diced celery, 1/4 inch cubes
1 c. diced onion, 1/4 inch squares
1/2 t. salt
1-1/2 c. vegetable broth
2 t. vegan poultry seasoning
1 t. onion powder
1/2 c. Marsala wine
4 c. cornbread stuffing mix absent the seasoning packet
1-1/2 c. apple cider
freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste

In extra-large skillet, over medium-low heat, melt olive oil. Add celery and saute till translucent.

Add onion and salt. Saute till celery and onion are soft and sweet.

Add vegetable broth, vegan poultry seasoning, onion powder and Marsala wine. Bring to soft boil, then add cornbread stuffing mix all at once. Stir to coat all cubes.

Add apple cider. Stir to moisten to a soft texture throughout. Salt and pepper to taste, adjust for poultry seasoning, then turn heat off. Adjust moisture consistency to your liking with additional cider if needed.

1 c. canned pumpkin
1/2 c. vegetable broth
1-1/2 c. apple cider
1/2 c. Marsala wine
2 T. olive oil
1/4 c. dark brown sugar
1 t. powdered ginger
2 t. onion powder
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. ground cloves
1/2 t. poultry seasoning
1 t. salt
freshly ground pepper to taste
2 T. cornstarch mixed with 1/4 c. water in cup till dissolved
12 oz. container Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream
1/2 c. orange marmalade

Combine in bowl and stir till smooth: pumpkin, vegetable broth and apple cider.

Add Marsala wine, olive oil, brown sugar, powdered ginger, onion powder, cinnamon, cloves, poultry seasoning, salt and freshly ground black pepper, stirring after each addition.

Transfer to large saucepan. Cook, stirring occasionally, at a fizzle of a boil for 20 minutes.

Add cornstarch liquid, stirring till thickened. Cook, stirring often, for 10 more minutes.

Add Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream, stirring till smooth. Then add orange marmalade, stirring till dissolved. Adjust for salt, remembering gravy is supposed to be salty. Set aside, then reheat, stirring with wire whisk, when ready to use. Gravy will have an acrid taste from the wine. This goes away when baked.

Mashed Potatoes
16 oz. container Tofutti Better Than Ricotta Cheese
1/2, 8 oz. container Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
2 t. garlic powder
2 t. dried tarragon, crushed
1/4 t. red cayenne pepper
1/2 t. salt
very light sprinkling nutmeg
2 c. boiling water
1/2 t. salt
2 c. instant mashed potato flakes
freshly ground black pepper to taste

Place Tofutti Better Than Ricotta Cheese. in large bowl. Mash with potato masher till as smooth as you can get it.

Place Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese in separate bowl. Mash with back of spoon till fluffy, then add to ricotta. Mash and stir till thoroughly incorporated.

Add garlic powder, tarragon, red cayenne pepper, salt and nutmeg, stirring after each addition.

Place boiling water in large separate bowl. Add salt, stirring till dissolved. Add instant potato flakes. Stir well to moisten all flakes and potatoes fluff up. Potatoes will be very thick.

Add ricotta mixture to potatoes. Mash with potato masher and stir till incorporated and as smooth as you can get it. Add freshly ground black pepper to taste. Stir and set aside.

Cashew Crumbles
Place 1-2 c. cashews in food processor and process till evenly crumbly and oil just begins to leak from cashews. Transfer to covered jar – use as needed for garnishes.

In 9 x 13 inch baking dish evenly layer stuffing, crumbled breakfast veggie patties and ricotta potatoes. Smooth potatoes with spatula till even. Top evenly with 2 cups gravy. Save remaining gravy for other use.

Cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 45 minutes. Remove foil, then bake 15 minutes longer. Remove from oven and let set 10 minutes before cutting into squares to serve.

Place individual servings on plates, along with a side dish vegetable. Sprinkle lightly with cashew crumbles. Serve. Or, serve family style, using spoon to serve. The sprite taste of the orange marmalade takes care of the need for cranberry sauce, but if you want it, by all means include it.

Green Beans Side Dish
Steam or boil 16 oz. package frozen green beans till plump. Drain well. Melt as much orange marmalade as desired, on low heat, in saucepan or skillet. Add fresh squeezed juice of one lime and salt to taste. Add drained green beans and stir to coat. Serve.

Created exclusively for Tofutti Brands, Inc. by Sharon Lee Davies-Tight.

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