Jackfruit "Turkey" Holiday Dinner

Jackfruit Mock Turkey Dinner

 Recipe contributed by Joey's Plate

Serves 3-4


Jackfruit turkey

  • 2 cans young jackfruit, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups brown cremini mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 vegetarian soup cube
  • 2 Tbsp tamari 
  • 2 tsp fresh or dried herbs (thyme, sage and / or rosemary)
  • 1/2 tsp black peppercorns, freshly ground
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg, ground

Mashed potatoes 

  • 2 large white potatoes 
  • 3 Tbsp unsweetened soy or almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp vegan butter
  • 1/4 tsp black peppercorns, freshly ground
  • Sea salt to taste

Cranberry sauce

  • 1 12 oz bag cranberries
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ½ cup water
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 true cinnamon quills
  • 4 tsp ginger, ground
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg, ground
  • zest of 2 oranges


Jackfruit turkey

  1. On a large wooden cutting board, slice the jackfruit pieces lengthwise then crush with the edge of a wooden spoon until they can be pulled apart into shreds.
  2. Heat the oil in a deep skillet over medium heat, then sauté the onion and garlic until translucent (around 5 minutes).
  3. Add the mushrooms, water, crushed soup cube and seasonings then simmer gently for 10 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a blender and puree, then pour back into skillet.
  5. Add the pulled jackfuit and simmer covered over medium-low heat for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Mashed potatoes 

  1. Peel and cut potatoes into medium chunks.
  2. Add potatoes to a pot of cold, salted water then bring to a boil and cook until tender (around15 minutes).
  3. Drain and mash the potatoes, adding all remaining ingredients. Whisk to desired texture.

Cranberry sauce

  1. Wash the cranberries and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine orange juice, water and coconut sugar until the sugar begins to dissolve.
  3. Add cranberries, spices and orange zest then bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  5. Let cool 15 minutes until the sauce thickens.

Serve jackfruit mock turkey with mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. Garnish with ground black peppercorns and sprigs of fresh rosemary.



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