Some vegetarians avoid mock meat and cheese recipes, while others swear by them. If you’re in the latter category, or if you’re just interested in trying some vegetarian and vegan versions of typical dishes, take a look at these mock meat and dairy recipes.
Mock Meat Recipes
Although time-consuming, this is an easy and very delicious recipe for mock beef bourguignon made with either seitan or tempeh.
A rich, thick stew made with seitan and lots of good veggies. It’s especially tasty served with hot French bread on a cold night.
I just love this pasta dish: a creamy sauce with mushrooms and chunks of mock meat.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is famous for its cheese steak sandwiches. Now you too can get a taste of this wonderful, hearty sandwich.
Frozen tofu absorbs marinade like a sponge and makes a firm and flavorful mock meat.
This mock lamb curry is made with seitan and is spicy and delicious.
Mock meatballs are usually made with tofu or tempeh, but this unique recipe uses eggplant and walnuts to great effect.
A healthy, delicious veggie "meat"loaf made with lentils.
Make a big batch of vegetarian mincemeat so that you can make a few pies and have some left over to serve with ice cream, custard, pudding, or crêpes. You can also can or freeze it for later.
Sweet and tangy marinated tofu makes a fine fake pastrami. Serve it with quinoa or rice, or thinly slice for sandwiches.
If you miss the taste of chopped liver, give this vegetarian pâté a try. You might even be able to fool your non-veggie friends.
Red "Meat" Burgers
Red beans combined with wheat gluten make a hearty and almost disturbingly meat-like burger.
This vegan alternative to salisbury steak is much tastier than what I remember about that school lunch room classic.
A delicious, protein-packed, vegetarian breakfast side dish.
Walnuts ground up with spices make a delicious, raw filling for tacos.
These vegetarian/vegan burgers, made with lentils, are healthy, low-fat, and delicious.
Wheat Meat and Potatoes
The ultimate in hearty, down-home cooking: (wheat) meat and potatoes.
Crispy strips of seitan smothered in almonds and brown sauce make a great vegan alternative to the classic Chinese-American recipe, soo guy.
I was never a huge fan of Chinese food, but one dish I did like was cashew chicken. With some tinkering, I came up with a quick and easy seitan version.
Chicken Chow Mein
Mock chicken chow mein (made with seitan) doesn’t take long to prepare, but it does require quite a bit of cooking.
Crisp, flavorful tofu served with salad is an excellent vegetarian replacement for chicken milanese.
This simple tempeh salad really does resemble chicken salad. It’s great in sandwiches or atop a green salad.
A moist, tender seitan that makes a perfect chicken substitute in just about any recipe.
A mix of seasoned, roasted vegetables and seitan. Serve it with a grain or noodles for a delicious vegan meal.
Chinese Chicken Salad
A tangy dressing tossed with seitan and vegetables makes a delicious vegan alternative to Chinese chicken salad.
Crisp and delicious, you’ll want to make this again and again.
Delectable “crab” cakes made with tempeh and served with sherry sauce.
New England Clam Chowder
This is a rich and delicious vegetarian alternative to New England clam chowder.
Spicy and crisp tofu, perfect for dipping into hot sauce or barbecue sauce.
A vegetarian “tuna” salad made with chickpeas, almonds, and seeds. Tuna fish was the very last meat that I gave up, and while this doesn’t taste exactly like tuna salad, it’s close enough that I don’t miss the real thing any more.
Thin slices of smoky eggplant make a delicious alternative to bacon.
Barbecued Seitan "Ribs"
How meaty can ribs made from vegan-friendly seitan really be? Try this recipe – you might be surprised!
Chicharrones are bits of deep-fried pork belly much beloved in Latin America. This adaptation offers veg*ns the same greasy, chewy goodness.
Sweet vegan ham made from seitan.
Sweet Italian Sausage
Sweet and flavorful Italian sausage made from tempeh.