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#1 Old 06-17-2004, 02:50 PM
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I just made this for lunch and I can't believe how much it tastes like bacon..Even my mom, who is a big meat eater, loved it!

I got it from vegweb.com



Vegan Bacon



Ingredients (use vegan versions):



* 1 lb firm Tofu, cut into strips shaped like bacon

* 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

* 2 tablespoons tamari/shoyu

* 1 teaspoon Wright's (or other brand) liquid smoke.

* 1 tablespoon oil (something neutral, not olive or sesame)



Directions:



Fry tofu strips on low or medium heat until they are crispy on the outside. The best way to do this is to lay them in the pan in the oil and let them sit for at least 10 minutes, simmering. They should turn easily after that. Turn them and give them another 10 minutes on the other side.



Mix the tamari/shoyu soy sauce with the liquid smoke first, then take the pan off the heat. Pour the liquid smoke/tamari into the pan and stir the tofu so all sides are coated, then sprinkle the yeast over all, stir some more, over the heat, until the liquid is gone and the tofu is covered with sticky yeast.



Try it. It tastes EXACTLY like bacon.



Another variation is to marinate the tofu in the tamari/liquid smoke mixture for several hours and then fry, but it misses a little bit without the nutritional yeast.
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#2 Old 06-17-2004, 02:59 PM
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Oh - I saw this at vegweb and was meaning to try it, but forgot. Thanks for the reminder! I don't remember what real bacon tastes like. Does it taste anything like the Smart Bacon by Lightlife (which I'm totally addicted to?)



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#3 Old 06-17-2004, 04:12 PM
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I've tried this recipe. It's *really* good. I use it for BLTs.
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#4 Old 06-18-2004, 03:25 AM
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I've made it too, but I used tempeh. It was great.
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#5 Old 06-18-2004, 08:06 AM
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Question: I've tried to make "fried" tofu before using nutritional yeast, but it just seems to fall off the tofu when I'm frying it. How do you make it stick?
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#6 Old 06-18-2004, 11:20 AM
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Question: I've tried to make "fried" tofu before using nutritional yeast, but it just seems to fall off the tofu when I'm frying it. How do you make it stick?

I find that it sticks fine after your are done frying the tofu.
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I find that it sticks fine after your are done frying the tofu.



Hmmm, I'll have to try that...
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Sky, try adding flour half-and-half with the nutritional yeast. Dip the tofu in that and fry it. It'll form a "skin" and sticks WAY better than plain nutritional yeast.



I want tempeh bacon now.
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#9 Old 06-20-2004, 09:34 AM
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I've tried this without the liquid smoke. And there's no reason why you have to leave out the nutritional yeast if you're marinating it - I never do. I find it's easier to marinate the tofu anyway as the tamari really dries up in the pan if you pour it in and sprinkling the nutritional yeast on the tofu instead of coating it before hand can get quite messy.



Also, it tastes better if you leave it in the fridge over night, otherwise I don't think it tastes much like bacon. Then again, I'm sure the liquid smoke makes a lot of difference.
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#10 Old 01-18-2005, 10:54 AM
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Has anyone made this without nutritional yeast?
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#11 Old 01-18-2005, 11:54 AM
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msbunn, I haven't made this recipe, but I have a tempeh one without nutritional yeast, if you'd like me to post it.
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#13 Old 01-19-2005, 12:04 PM
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Tempeh is not readily available near me...I would be interested in the recipe though because I could always combine and adapt the two recipes.
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Sounds interesting, though i can't eat tofu. Btw does anyone know where you can get vegan liquid smoke in the U.K? It sounds interesting.
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An online source, that USED to give away a free sample - not sure if they do any more - but it's SOOOO yummy!!



http://www.hickoryliquidsmoke.com/
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I went to see if I could order it from Australia - I can, the cost of the liquid smoke is $19.95, shipping is $133.00!!!! (and that's the cheapest type)
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Okay, found it in a USA foods importer in Australia. What is the best flavour? Hickory or Mesquite?
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#18 Old 01-20-2005, 12:57 AM
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... shipping is $133.00!!!!



OK - NOTHING is that good I don't think!



I've only gotten the Hickory and Pecan... I can't tell any difference.
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#19 Old 01-22-2005, 12:39 AM
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Get the hickory if you want it for "bacon."



For my marinade, I usually use 1/3 cup soy sauce, 1/3 cup water, a few teaspoons or so of hickory smoke, tablespoon to two tablespoons of maple syrup, and a sprinkle of garlic powder. I soak thin tempeh slices in it overnight and fry in canola oil. Deelish! I'm sure tofu would work fine too, if it were sliced thin enough.
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#20 Old 01-22-2005, 12:25 PM
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That was one of the very first recipes I made after I quit eating meat. I remember being rather underwhelmed by it at the time, but I'd probably like it better now that it's been almost five years since I ate bacon.
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