Thursday, November 10, 2011

Vegan Slab o' Bacon

I've seen shirts for sale online that read, "Bacon Makes Everything Better." And it does, so long as your talkin' vegan bacon. It's the smokiness that gives bacon it's magic, and luckily for vegans, we can have that taste with storebought vegan bacon, imitation bacon bits, Liquid Smoke, and even bacon salt (yes, it's vegan!).

I usually buy the Lightlife Smart Bacon. It's tasty, and it's vegan. But it also costs about $5 a package. This week, I went all super-saver-girl and made my own bacon! I used the Black Forest Bacon recipe in The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions:

Look at that peppery slab! I knew this was a must-make when I read the word "slab" in Celine and Joni's awesome guide to veganizing anything. All I could think of is that line from "Sweet Transvestite" in Rocky Horror that's all, "Come up to the lab, and see what's on the slab."

Anyway, this spicy, smoky bacon is awesome. It's a seitan-based dough that's coated in a maple-smoky-black pepper sauce. Then it's baked to perfection. Once baked, a slab will give you about 20 thin slices. I fried these up for breakfast as a side dish for my granola with hempmilk and dried strawberries:

After a week of eatin' off the slab, I still have a ton of bacon left. Looks like somebody's havin' BLTs soon!

14 comments:

Sal said...

Looks awesome. So that's another book to add to my massive wishlist then! haha.

Vanilla Bean Vegan said...

Bianca, That vegan bacon looks awesome! Will have to add that book to my collection!

Jenna said...

That looks amazing! Wow! Yum! (can you tell I'm excited?) :)

Tender B. said...

I've not had much luck with making vegan bacon at home. This gives me hope again.

Babette said...

This looks very good. I've only tried vegan bacon once from Yves Veggie, but it didn't taste like the real thing at all. Oh, I've also tried some tempeh bacon. It's very good, but it doesn't taste like bacon either. Maybe I'll just have to buy that book though. It's funny, I thought that book was just about making substitutions for vegans (egg replacers, tofu sour cream, etc.)... I didn't think about veganizing food like that. I'm interested!

Michelle said...

My mouth is watering now! That looks so tasty! Looks like there's another book going on my Christmas wish list.

Jen said...

oh my gosh that looks divine. I 'm going to have to add that book to my wish list just for that recipe.

Susan said...

That looks great! I have that book but haven't made too much from it yet.

I've never found a premade vegan bacon that I love (granted we don't have as many varieties here as you do there), but I absolutely love homemade vegan bacon recipes. Tempeh bacon is definitely my favourite.

Lesley said...

Wow, that looks really good! I usually eat Morningstar "fakon" and I like the taste, but it's not particularly baconny. I've also sliced up tempeh and marinated it in Liquid Smoke and maple syrup and that's worked out really well.

I'm really tired of all the bacon stuff. Where did that come from? Like, all of a sudden, it was a thing. I'll reserve my comments here like I do all over facebook. :)

Caz said...

yum! looks good! i've got tempeh bacon in my freezer that i want to use soon - hope it's as good as yours looks!

Erin said...

Anything named slab has to be good. Looks tasty!

laceylovesfood said...

...from transsssssssexuallllllllll...Transylvaniaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

<3 catching up on my reading. I had to go to my favorite blog first :)

Mattheworbit said...

You have just CONVINCED me to make this :P.. And reminded me of how much I love this book!

Anonymous said...

It looks really lovely... but how is it bacon?