Turkneer – A Meatless Turkey Made of Roasted Paneer

Photo: Rosocommon2015 by Isabel Wang

Turkneer is a Thanksgiving “Turkey” made of roasted paneer. It is my husband’s creation. It was a hit, and he requested that I write a formal recipe. This will be our new Thanksgiving tradition.

As RK does not eat any meat, every Thanksgiving, we had to look for a no-meat version of turkey. It is for its symbolic festive meaning that brought the family together and celebrate another year we are thankful for.

We tried the Wholefoods Tofurky. It wasn’t bad. Just that all three boys were not crazy about the taste. They did enjoy the stuffing on the side and cranberry sauce. And Dad complained about having to fight for the last Tofurky on a Thanksgiving day. He is not going to keep doing that every year.

But everyone loves Paneer, the Indian cream cheese. And boys love stuffing on the side. So Dad got to be very creative this time. Turned out that the first ever Turkneer was a hit. Boys approved it and picked the name.

Roasted Turkneer

Roasted Paneer with Turkey Stuffing, a Meatless Thanksgiving Dish
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Indian
Servings 4 people
Calories 200 kcal


  • 1 block Paneer 2 lbs
  • 1 box Trader Joe's cornbread stuffing with sauce packet


Carving the "bird"

  • Cut paneer lengthwise into 2 halves
  • Carve both halves by taking small pieces out and leaving 0.5 inch cheese on all sides
  • The finished paneer looks like a jewelry box. Save the small pieces for another dish


  • Add water into the stuffing sauce mix and microwave following box instructions
  • Add sauce to the cornbread stuffing, mix well using a fork
  • Stuff the paneer box and place it in a baking pan
  • Put the rest of stuffing around the stuffed paneer

Bake for 1 hour at 350F or until the top turns golden


    Keyword Meatless Turkey, Roasted Paneer

    About the Author Isabel

    live in Ann Arbor, MI with my husband and our children and Mango the orange tabby. I love hiking, running, baking, cooking and biking. I set up this blog to share wonderful food our family love.

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