It's National Bacon Day and We're Here for It
Three words: National Bacon Day! Yes, we are still vegan, but that doesn't mean we don't enjoy the taste of bacon. We're just as pumped about the holiday because essentially, any food can be turned into “facon” (fake and bacon, clever huh?), as the cool kids call it.
The real deal is usually smoked and either cooked in its own fat or baked. So take all of those components and apply them to whatever your heart desires! Not only do you get the smokiness and umami flavor with these alternative recipes, you’ll also feel better knowing that these options are way healthier. We’ve got a roundup of deliciously decadent bacon recipes for you to try out in your kitchen.
We’ll ease you in with some tempeh. The first time I tried any bacon alternative, it was the glorious tempeh bacon cheeseburger from Arlo’s food truck in Austin, Texas. This recipe is simple and doesn’t take much effort since most of the time you’re waiting for the goods to marinate. Then you simply fry ‘em up and enjoy!
Minimalist Baker does it again with this delicious eggplant bacon recipe. Eggplant is often a meat substitute since it has a denser texture than other vegetables. It might take a little longer to make, since they need to bake in the oven, but it’s totally worth it in the end.
Mm, shroom bacon! Although any mushroom can be used in this recipe, the variety that’ll resemble bacon most at the end would be cremini mushrooms. Shiitakes have been used in this particular recipe before but they shrink so much in the process of cooking, try and stick to the biggest mushrooms you can cut lengthwise. Just like eggplant, some mushrooms can have a meaty texture, so turning these babies into bacon just makes all the delicious sense in the world.
Rice Paper Bacon
If you’re anything like me, you really enjoyed crispy bacon — like to the point that it was almost burnt. That’s the good stuff, right? Well, look no further than this rice paper bacon recipe. Since rice paper is already so thin, the addition of tamari sauce, liquid smoke, and spices help bring out the flavor of bacon and baking it really gives the full crispy effect.
Another crispy alternative. Using coconut flakes (that already pack a bit of a crunch) and baking them gives the end result of large bacon crumbles. You can sprinkle them all over a salad, baked potato, or anything your coconut-loving heart desires.
This recipe involves two doughs (one for the light marbled layer and the other for the dark marbled layer), a bunch of layering, and some heavy-duty appliances that are needed to make some delectable bacon. If you’re a novice in the kitchen, this recipe may be a bit more than you’re used to but although it’s a tedious process, it’ll be worth it in the end!