After making an attempt my hand at coconut bacon and loving the flavor, I was left hoping for a texture that was nearer to the actual thing.
We’ve used eggplant to make delicious issues like Baba Ganoush, Harissa Eggplant Dip, Eggplant Lasagna Roll-Ups, and Cashew-Less Vegan Queso, but bacon could possibly possibly be its most tremendous use yet.
This recipe is simple, requiring simply 10 foods (and it comes collectively in about 40 minutes).
Thin strips of eggplant are marinated in a combination of smoky spices, maple syrup, tamari, and vegan Worcestershire for the gold standard savory, sweet, spicy flavor.
The eggplant is then baked at a low temperature for 20-30 minutes or till golden brown and crispy.
Brushing sauce onto sliced eggplant laying on a parchment-lined baking sheet
The end end effect is crispy, smoky bacon-like strips which are 100 percent vegan and 100 percent delicious.
I wish you all love this eggplant “bacon.” It’s:
Easy to make
& SO delicious
How does one use eggplant “bacon,” you ask? Great question. I loved mine instantly from the pan (true story), however it could also be delicious combined into (or served alongside) a tofu scramble, layered on a sandwich (more to come soon!), or atop salads, dips, and so a lot more.
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Smoky vegan Eggplant Bacon slices on a parchment-lined baking sheet
Slices of Crispy Eggplant “Bacon” on a parchment-lined baking sheet
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CRISPY EGGPLANT “BACON”
Crispy vegan bacon made with eggplant! Sliced eggplant is brushed with a smoky sauce and baked to perfection! A tasty, plant-based bacon alternative.
Author: Minimalist Baker
Category: Breakfast, Side
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 5 Days
US Customary – Metric
1 medium eggplant (you’ll purely use half)
2 Tbsp avocado or olive oil
1 1/2 Tbsp tamari
1 Tbsp vegan Worcestershire (I like Annie’s brand, this one is GF!)
1 Tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp liquid smoke
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 pinch sea salt
1 pinch garlic powder
1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper (plus extra for topping)
Preheat oven to 225 ranges F (107 C) – turn to “convection bake” within the event you’ve it to velocity cooking time. Line 1 big or 2 small baking sheet(s) with parchment paper (amount/size as unique recipe is written // modify if changing batch size).
Slice an eggplant in half lengthwise and set one half apart for different makes use of (such as Baba Ganoush, Vegan Queso, or 1-Pot Pasta). Then cut the rest eggplant in half lengthwise as soon as extra so you’ve NULL long, skinny pieces.
Use a pointy knife or mandolin to slice into very thin strips (resembling the size/shape of bacon). They ought to be thicker than paper thin – roughly 1/8th inch. Set aside.
Make sauce with the aid of way of including avocado oil, tamari, Worcestershire sauce, maple syrup, liquid smoke, paprika, sea salt, garlic powder, and black pepper to a small blending bowl and whisking to combine.
Use a brush (or a spoon) to comb equally aspects of the eggplant slices with sauce. Arrange in one layer on the parchment-lined baking sheet(s) and sprinkle with extra black pepper.
Bake for 20-30 minutes or till the eggplant is deep red in color, seems dry, and is somewhat crispy. If needed, growth warmth to 250 (121 C) on the cease if no longer crisping up. Remove from the oven and allow cool slightly. It will crisp up the extra it cools.
Use today on issues akin to on sandwiches, in salads, or along or combined right into a tofu scramble.
Once cooled, shop in a sealed container within the refrigerator as a great deal as 5 days or within the freezer as a great deal as 1 month. To reheat, warmth a skillet over medium heat, upload a bit oil of choice, then warmth bacon on equally aspects till warmed (be cautious to no longer burn).
*Nutrition news is a tough estimate.
Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 14 slices)
Calories: 28 Fat: 2.2g Sodium: 108mg Carbohydrates: 2.1g Fiber: 0.7g Sugar: 1.4g Protein: 0.3g
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