Spice in the Kitchen: Easy Baked Tofu Fakin' Bacon

Tofu, pressed, thinly sliced and marinated, just waiting to hang out in the oven.
Tofu sporting a tan. Snooki would be proud.
Hi rainbow chard! Yes, you can be eaten with the fakin' bacon!
Fakin' Bacon! So crispy, so thin, so tender. You're all a girl could ever want!

I've made baked, pressed tofu before and it is always so fun to eat. I never tried making it taste like bacon though, so I thought I'd give it a shot. It was a hit at dinner time! Even my daughter loved it.

Key to making a good piece of fakin' bacon is to press all the water out of the tofu. If you eat tofu often, I recommend investing in a Tofu XPress. It's quite awesome. When the tofu is done being pressed, you can marinate it in the same tray you used to press it. Convenient!

Tofu Fakin' Bacon Recipe (vegan)
serves 2-4; prep time, 10 minutes; total time 1 hr, 45 minutes

Ingredients
  • 1 block of of ORGANIC extra firm tofu (Pressed for 30 minutes)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce of tamari
  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 2 TB maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp hing (or use garlic paste to taste--not too much though!)
  • dash smoked salt (Trader Joe's sells it!)

Directions
  1. After you have pressed and removed all the water out of your tofu, slice it however you would like, but make sure the slices are thin--about 1/4 inch.
  2. Combine all marinade ingredients in a shallow dish or bowl (really, just get a Tofu Xpress, it makes doing these things so much easier!) and then thoroughly soak the pieces of tofu in marinade. If you can leave it overnight, that is the best, but if not, at least 30 minutes.
  3. While the tofu is marinating, preheat oven to 400 and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Spray with spray oil.
  4. When tofu is done marinating, place in a single layer on cookie sheet and place in oven for 30-45 minutes. It's your call. The longer you leave the tofu in, the crunchier it will be. 30 is tender with some crunch, 45 is crunch.
  5. Remove from oven, let cool slightly and enjoy. You can also store in the fridge for a few days and enjoy your creation as part of a FBLT sandwich!

1 comment:

  1. Making these now. Just tried a nibble. YUMMMMMMM! Thanks for posting the recipe.

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