There is some debate in the veg world on faux meats. Some love ’em, some hate ’em. If you give up meat, should that mean giving up all things meat-esque? A question for the ages. But we’re not here to answer that today. We’re just here to make bacon out of tofu!
Much like carrot hot dogs, I played around with a few techniques and recipes and broke it down to these simple steps (scroll down for YouTube tutorial).
1 package firm or extra firm tofu
2 Tbsp maple syrup
2 Tbsp soy sauce, tamari, or coconut aminos
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
Dash liquid smoke (optional)
1) Press all possible water out of the tofu. Seriously, as much as you can! Use any method to do this – hands, cheesecloth, nut milk bag. Apparently there’s even a tofu press out there.
2) Cut into slices of desired thickness. Mine were about 1/4 inch.
3) In a tupperware, combine maple syrup, tamari, olive oil, vinegar, and optional liquid smoke into a marinade.
4) Add tofu and gently shake so that all pieces are coated. Refrigerate overnight. You may want to check it a couple times to redistribute the marinade.
5) Place all pieces of “bacon” on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 425F for 10 minutes.
6) Remove from oven and flip each piece. Use a brush to coat each with more marinade. Return to oven for 10 more minutes.
7) If not done after 20 minutes, continue checking, flipping, and returning to oven for another 5-10 minutes at a time until it has turned golden brown, is firm to the touch, and loses all “tofu-iness”. See pictures for before and after. Much like regular bacon, it’s very easy to tell when it’s ready.
8) Enjoy as a breakfast side, on a BLT, or any other way you would eat bacon!