Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tempeh Bacon

Vegan BLT with Avocado

So maybe this doesn't taste exactly bacon but it sure is a lot close than you would expect.  I am now pretty obsessed with tempeh bacon.  It makes a fantasic vegetarian and vegan B.L.T.

Makes 2-3 servings


3 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. liquid smoke
1 tsp. tomato paste
1 tsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp cumin
1-2 Tbsp. water
1/2 package tempeh, thinly sliced (the thinner the crispier they'll be)

Oil for brushing


To make the marinade, whisk all the ingredients, except tempeh, in a small bowl. Give it taste and make any adjustments.  Now gently dip each slice of tempeh in the marinade.  Lay in a shallow dish and pour or the remaining marinade over top.  Refrigerate for at least an hour (if you can do it overnight they will be even more tasty).

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

Lay tempeh slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (this worked much better than directly on a greased baking sheet).  For extra crispness: mix a little oil with the left over marinade and brush on the slices.  You can also skip the oil and just brush the marinade.  Bake 8-10 minutes, flip over and brush again.  Bake another 8-10 minutes, or until crispy and browned.

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