This recipe is from the blog, Delish, with very few changes.
Eggplant is not bacon. However, it CAN taste a lot like bacon if you season and cook it this way! What are the benefits of eggplant bacon?
Well, it’s made from a vegetable, so you can eat as much as you want without feeling sick and lying on the floor moaning. Yeah – there’s also the less fat, less sodium, no chemicals, and more fiber arguments. So, if you’d like a suggestion of bacon flavor that’s smoky and yummy – then try this:
- 1 medium eggplant
- 2 T olive oil
- 2 T Liquid Aminos (or clean soy sauce)
- 1 t pure maple syrup
- 1/2 t paprika
- 1/2 t liquid smoke (I like Wright’s brand because it doesn’t contain chemicals or colors)
- black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
- Slice the eggplant in rounds about 1/4” thick. Don’t stress about the size, just try to make them a uniform width so they’ll cook at the same rate.
- Mix together the other ingredients in a small dish.
- Lay out the eggplant rounds on a baking sheet covered with either parchment paper or silpat. Brush each side of the rounds with the seasoning.
- Bake the rounds for 30 minutes, then flip them.
- Bake 15 to 20 minutes longer, till they’re nicely browned, cooked through and just starting to get firm.
- Let them rest and come to room temperature.
Honestly, I ate half the pan “sampling” them the first time I made these. I feel like they make a great side dish just as they are.
I’ve also chopped them up and relied on them to turn a boring salad into a BACONY, SMOKY salad. I’ve used them in breakfast scrambles, atop soups, mixed with other vegetables, and in a brown rice pasta dish with cauliflower sauce. Yum!
However you use them, please try this! It’s kinda mind-blowing, and very easy.
For the original video on the Delish site, click here