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Nov 8, 2006 06:30 PM

Veggie Sausage?

I'm looking to create a vegetarian stuffing for thanksgiving, but love the flavor of sausage. I've tried the Morningstar Breakfast Patties and heard that they should be cooked first, then crumbled...But are there any suggestions for other brands that are more spicy and less breakfast sausage tasting?


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  1. Morningstar also makes Sausage Crumbles (I believe they are called), which are analogous to browned, crumbled Italian sausage. I use them in pasta sauce, and I like them a lot - that might be the kind of thing you are looking for.

    1. El Burritto's Soyrizo like chorizo. It's spicy and falls apart--maybe too much for stuffing.

      1. I'd skip using veggie sausage and just use the flavor components that give sausage it's taste, like fennel seeds.

        1. fwiw, I strongly prefer the Morningstar farms links to patties--they've got a more solid texture (so not good if you're looking for crumbly sausage), a meatier taste and less fat.

          I once used them in jambalaya (some in the crowd eat fish but no walking animals) to rave reviews. And the carnivores were shocked to learn of the switch. But if you're trying to replicate Italian sausage these won't come anywhere close.

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          1. re: miss louella

            Funny, I like the patties better -- they taste more "sausagey" to me (an omnivore). But I haven't been able to find the patties for a while. I think they'd taste great in stuffing -- maybe crumbled and sauteed with any veggies you might be including in your stuffing (I like onions, celery, and mushrooms).

          2. there's a brand that you should be able to get pretty easily in a well-stocked grocery store which comes in a log a la jimmy dean. the name escapes me, unfortunately. it's usually found in the refrigerator case, and it comes in several flavors. you can either slice it or crumble it.

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            1. re: wleatherette

              I think you might be talking about the lightlife gimme lean veggie sausage. When I was a vegetarian, that stuff was my favorite.

              1. re: oranj

                Gimme Lean is great. I'm not a big fan of meat substitutes, but this one makes my short list.