Savoury pulled mushroom and tofu “brisket”

This vegan version of a traditional favourite really delivers on flavour


Photo: Micah Siva

Serves: 6
Prep: 15 – 20 minutes
Cook: 1 hour – 1 hour 5 minutes

Brisket is synonymous with Jewish cuisine. It seems as though every bubbe has their own recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation. Recreating the texture and taste of beef for a plant-based dish is challenging, but king trumpet mushrooms and grated tofu help mimic the look and feel of brisket. Serve it with roasted potatoes or latkes, or try it in a challah bun and slaw for a play on a “pulled beef” sandwich.

For the ‘brisket’:
700g king trumpet mushrooms

1 x 400g block extra-firm tofu

120ml olive oil

3 tbsp soy sauce, or gluten-free tamari, if preferred

2 tbsp smoked paprika

1 tbsp garlic powder

½ tsp black pepper

For the sauce:

1 medium yellow onion, peeled and quartered

4 garlic cloves, peeled

480ml dry red wine

240ml ketchup

2 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp Dijon mustard

1 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp mustard powder

2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley


  • Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  • Make the “brisket”: use two forks to shred the mushrooms into strips. Put them in a large bowl.
  • Drain the tofu. Using the largest holes of a box grater, grate the tofu into the bowl with the mushrooms.
  • Add the olive oil, soy sauce, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and black pepper and toss with the mushrooms and tofu until well combined.
  • Transfer the mushroom and tofu mixture to a large rimmed sheet pan and spread it into an even layer. Roast for 30 minutes, or until golden. Set aside.
  • Make the sauce: While the mushrooms are roasting, in a blender or food processor, puree the onion, garlic, red wine, ketchup, soy sauce, Dijon mustard, thyme, and mustard powder until smooth.
  • Pour the sauce over the roasted mushroom and tofu mixture, stirring until evenly distributed. The liquid will evaporate while it roasts, making a thick sauce.
  • Return the sheet pan to the oven and roast for 30 to 35 minutes, stirring halfway through, until the mushrooms and tofu are deep brown.
  • Serve topped with the chopped parsley.

Note: Store in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. To reheat, thaw and transfer to a baking dish. Bake at 175°F until heated through. To make this kosher for Passover, be sure to use a Passover-friendly soy sauce alternative.

Adapted from Nosh: Plant-Forward Recipes Celebrating Modern Jewish Cuisine (The Collective Book Studio)

Share via

Want more from the JC?

To continue reading, we just need a few details...

Want more from
the JC?

To continue reading, we just
need a few details...

Get the best news and views from across the Jewish world Get subscriber-only offers from our partners Subscribe to get access to our e-paper and archive