A Pressure Cooked Thanksgiving: Vegan Holiday Roast with Mashed Vegetables

by JL Fields on November 10, 2015

This time of year I’m doing lots of cooking demos about the wonders of using a pressure cooker to make delicious vegan holiday meals…fast! One thing that amazes folks (and me!) is how succulent a vegan holiday roast is with just a few minutes under pressure…

Vegan Holiday Roast in the Pressure Cooker | Vegan Pressure Cooking by JL Fields | JLgoesVegan.com | PHOTO Kate Lewis

PHOTO: Kate Lewis

…and how fab it is to make a holiday roast and root veggies in one-pot (Field Roast, Gardein, and Tofurky make tasty holiday roasts). Here’s the recipe!

Holiday Roast with Mashed Vegetables

by JL Fields | JLgoesVegan.com

Ingredients (4 -6 servings)

  • 1 to 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup (160 g) diced yellow onion
  • 2 cups (260 g) diced carrot
  • 2 cups (220 g) diced potato
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 vegan stuffed roast (1 pound, or 454 g), thawed (Field Roast, Gardein, and Tofurky make holiday roasts)
  • 3/4 to 1 cup (180 to 235 ml) vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) almond milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon vegan butter (optional)


In an uncovered pressure cooker, heat the oil on medium-high. Add the garlic and onion and sauté for 1 minute. Add the carrots, potatoes, and salt. Mix well. Place the thawed roast on top of the vegetables and pour the vegetable broth over the roast.

Cover and bring to pressure. Cook at low pressure for 8 minutes. Use a quick release.

Remove the lid, remove the roast, and set aside.

Add the almond milk, black pepper, and vegan butter to the vegetables in the pressure cooker and mash with a potato masher. Slice the roast and serve with the mashed vegetables.

Recipe Note

If you’re using a multifunction electric pressure cooker, you can also use the slow-cooking function for 1 hour.

Recipe from Vegan Pressure Cooking: Beans, Grains, and One-Pot Meals in Minutes by JL Fields (Fair Winds Press, January 2015) 

You know what’s great drizzled over this mouthwatering roast and mashed veggies dish? My favorite white bean gravy recipe.

vegan white bean gravy

How about a pressure cooked dessert? Make this Chunky Applesauce,

Chunky Applesauce and Vegan Yogurt Parfait 3 by JL Fields on JLgoesVegan.com

stir in your favorite granola, and you have a quickie apple crumble to spoon over vegan ice cream!

If you’re looking for other quick and easy vegan holiday cooking tips, check out my most recent newsletter –  Vegan Thanksgiving: Keepin’ it real – and you’ll be able to grab the recipe for these delightfully easy, and definitely delicious, vegan Green Beans and Bacon.

Green Beans and Bacon {Vegan} | JL Fields | JLgoesVegan.com

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  • spabettie

    HOW AMAZING IS THIS? super quick holiday dinner? love. we may be traveling on the actual holidays this year, so a fun alternative day might be in order… or just a weeknight after work, ha!

    • JL

      I love the Field Roast Celebration roast year round, @spa@spabettie:disqus!

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  • Jude Richards Eastman

    OMG! I made this tonight! I will never go back to baking my Tofurky again! Ours was frozen. We followed the directions on the box for defrosting (15 min). Then put it in the InstantPot for 8 min on a bed of potatoes and onions with liquid. BAM! Done! We put a bit of liquid smoke in the broth, sprinkled it with poultry seasoning and smoked paprika. The potatoes were so flavorful mashed with the broth and a splash of almond milk.
    Tofurky should put this method of cooking on the box, website, or at least a link to this page! I’m sold.

    • JL

      Oh, @juderichardseastman:disqus, I’m so happy you love this method, too! I’ll pass along our suggestion to Tofurky! (Seriously!)

      • Jude Richards Eastman

        I just went on the contact us link at Tofurky with this link to your blog and raved about this method!

        • JL

          Aw, thanks, @juderichardseastman:disqus!

  • Bailey

    Yum! What an easy way to put a meal together. I used Field Roast’s Celebration Roast. The IP method made it come out moist but I wanted a little crunch so I put it in the air fryer at 300 for 5 minutes. The mashed veggies were so flavorful and soaked up a bit of the roast drippings. I served this all with corn on the cob and green beans. Perfect! I love simple but tasty recipes like this.

    • JL

      Thank you! And i LOVE that you finished off the roast in the AF … I’ll have to try that, @disqus_tHvoeRRcvL:disqus!

    • Shari Wexler

      Bailey, was the roast still moist inside after you air fryed it? It sounds AMAZING.

      • Bailey

        Yep! The roast has so much moisture already that 5 minutes just slightly browned it.

  • SheDevil

    Yay! My stove isn’t working, and now that I know I can make the roast that’s been sitting in my freezer waiting on the repairs, I may forget about it forever! Thank you so much.

    • JL

      You’re welcome, @disqus_qX6JZEGQTb:disqus!

  • KG

    I was looking everywhere on Pinterest for this method and couldn’t find it!! A kind person on one of the FB IP groups posted this after I asked. Soooo glad this was recommended to me and I can’t wait to try it!

    • JL

      Let me know what you think!

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