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The BEST Tofu Bacon

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It is time that we had a very important conversation. We need to discuss a topic that somehow comes up in almost every aspect of our lives. Something that is undeniably infiltrating our culture and changing the way people look at the world around us. It is a complete epidemic and needs to be addressed.

Bacon.

That’s right, bacon.  

It is featured in EVERYTHING- from burgers, to doughnuts, to ice cream. It is a classic breakfast side, it is a paleo favorite (not to mention that Atkins guy..) and it is an American obsession. It is one of the most common excuses used by meat eaters to not give up eating our animals friends.  

And we love it, too.

BUT WAIT!! No sweet, sentient beings were harmed in the making of our salty, smoky, chewy delight! Using frozen tofu allows for us to get a surprisingly complex texture, while still absorbing the delicious flavors that we impart. This is something that everyone needs to have in their arsenal of recipes. It is perfect for BLT’s, crumbled into potato salad or paired up with your favorite morning dish. We hope that you enjoy this as much as we do!

 

Tofu Bacon {recipe}

Servings: 5 | Servings Size: 3 pieces

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Block frozen tofu, thawed
  • 3/8 c (6TB) Soy Sauce
  • 3/4 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1.5 tsp olive oil
  • 1 TB Nutritional yeast (heaping)
  • Black Pepper
  • maple syrup (optional)

 

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 425º
  2. Press all liquid out of tofu.
  3. Slice 1/8" slices (the short way so you get smaller but more pieces) yields about 15 slices.
  4. Combine soy sauce, olive oil and liquid smoke in a bowl.
  5. Take slices of tofu and soak both sides in liquid. Place on elevated cooking rack (like a cookie cooling rack placed over a cookie sheet)
  6. Sprinkle tofu pieces with nutritional yeast, and cracked black pepper.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes, then flip tofu and bake an additional 10-15 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool 5-10 minutes before serving or using.

 

NOTE: Bacon will not be firm and crunchy when you remove it from oven, it needs to cool to get the correct texture.

 

VARIATION: Brush maple syrup over the tofu before sprinkling with nutritional yeast and pepper for a maple bacon flavor.

 

TIP: To defrost frozen tofu block quickly, remove from packaging, place on plate and microwave for 1 minute intervals, pressing the liquid out as it thaws. Should take 4-6 minutes to thaw nearly all the way through.

 

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