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Tofu Bacon… Where have you been all my life?

Seriously, where have you been?

I was stuck for something to eat last night; the family was having steak and I wasn’t feeling my normal tofu stir fry. So, I hopped on Pinterest and searched Tofu Recipes. Lo and behold, I stumbled across a tofu bacon recipe from amuse-your-bouche.com; I checked the ingredient list, did a dance for joy when I realized I had all the ingredients, and got to work.

This recipe is super quick and easy. The only substitute I made was using a little less hot sauce (I’m kind of a wimp when it comes to spicy foods), and I accidentally mixed the oil with the sauce instead of putting it in the pan. Other than that, I stuck to the recipe and the results were amazing.

I know a lot, if not most, people loooove bacon, myself included at one time. When I first went vegetarian, bacon was one of my exceptions, because it’s yummy! Slowly I eased away from it and I haven’t really missed it, but if I can find a vegan or vegetarian substitute I will try it! I’m so excited I found this recipe because I will be making it over and over again!

I always like to have my meat eaters try my vegan/vegetarian experiments, and they all thought it was great. My dad even asked how I managed to get it to taste like bacon. So, I encourage you to try it, it’s that good!

Last night I had a BL (I’m not a fan of tomatoes), and for lunch I had a (tofu)bacon and egg sandwich. Both were delicious!

Vegan Tofu Bacon

Prep Time   Cook Time    Total Time
15 mins         10 mins          25 mins
Servings: 2
Ingredients
For the tofu bacon:
  • 200 g firm tofu (enough for 4 thin slices)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp chipotle sauce (or similar smoky hot sauce)
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • Black pepper
  • 1 tbsp oil
Instructions
  1. Cut the tofu into 4 thin slices. Press the tofu – if you don’t have a tofu press, just lay out the slices inside a clean tea towel, and top with something heavy (I usually use a few large saucepans or cookbooks). Leave for at least a few minutes – a bit longer if you have time.
  2. In a suitably sized baking dish, combine the maple syrup, soy sauce, chipotle sauce, smoked paprika, and plenty of black pepper. Mix well. When the tofu has been pressed, transfer it to the baking dish, and make sure it’s well coated in the marinade. Leave to marinate for a few minutes (again, longer is better if you have more time).
  3. Heat the oil in a frying pan, and add the marinated tofu. Pour over any leftover marinade. Cook over a medium heat for around 5 minutes each side, or until the tofu is firm and crispy.

Let me know if you try this recipe and what your thoughts are! Also, I’d love to know if your vegan, vegetarian, plant based, or enjoy eating meat!

 

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