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Veggie Sausage?

sds Nov 8, 2006 06:30 PM

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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    dubedo RE: sds Nov 8, 2006 07:28 PM

    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. Glencora RE: sds Nov 8, 2006 08:47 PM

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

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        ghbrooklyn RE: sds Nov 8, 2006 10:10 PM

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

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          miss louella RE: sds Nov 9, 2006 12:15 AM

          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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            Dizzied RE: miss louella Nov 9, 2006 04:01 PM

            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. wleatherette RE: sds Nov 9, 2006 12:20 AM

            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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              oranj RE: wleatherette Nov 9, 2006 12:37 AM

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

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                piccola RE: oranj Nov 9, 2006 01:27 AM

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

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              jeffwhit RE: sds Nov 9, 2006 01:28 AM

              I've found Toferkey brand sausages to be fairly palatable.

              1. kat_dew RE: sds Nov 9, 2006 01:31 AM

                Boca Italian Sausages are good , but you can't over cook them since they will dry out.

                1. wowimadog RE: sds Nov 9, 2006 03:08 AM

                  i'm a vegan and though i haven't tried these, i have heard good things about the sausage products from field roast: http://www.fieldroast.com/products.htm

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                    ghbrooklyn RE: wowimadog Nov 9, 2006 03:34 AM

                    I bought some fieldroast sausages for my roommate and they were very good, taste-wise and texturally

                  2. jbyoga RE: sds Nov 9, 2006 04:09 PM

                    gimme lean for sure - much much better than morningstar!

                    all the 'lightlife' brand products are good...

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