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Raw Eggplant Bacon a new treat from my dehydrator

Friday, March 25, 2011

I have been meaning to try this recipe ever since I bought my new dehydrator but for some reason I just keep putting it off. As a Team Leader in the Raw Foodies I post a daily video spotlighting how to prepare a different Raw Recipe. Last night in that thread someone made a comment asking for a recipe for Zucchini Bacon from one of our other Team Leaders. The message couldn't have been clearer in my mind. Stop procrastinating Yvonne and just make it. I actually had the eggplant in my refrigerator because I was going to make this on Tuesday of this week. Well, it is only 3 days later but I am finally making and thank God the eggplant is still good.

There are already a couple of "Raw Bacon" Recipes in Spark Recipes:

RAW Eggplant bacon (facon)

Raw Vegan Eggplant "Bacon"

The recipe I am making I found online is:

Raw Eggplant Bacon

Seriously. Bacon-cravers, this tastes exactly like bacon. And if you really want that smoked flavor, add a little liquid smoke.

1 eggplant, chopped into little bacon-sized strips
½ cup raw olive oil
½ cup red wine vinegar, raw
3 dash sea salt
1 dash black pepper (optional)

Marinate the eggplant strips in all the ingredients for 3 hours, and then dehydrate on teflex sheets overnight, and for another 4 hours. If you can’t wait, just do it overnight.

Here are 2 other ones if you want to cut down on the olive oil:

1 small eggplant, peeled, and thinly sliced.

Marinate for 3-5 hours in:
2 TB olive oil
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 TB nama shoyu
2 TB agave nectar (I used the dark)
1 1/2 TB apple cider vinegar
dash of paprika
small amount of liquid smoke – you don’t need much

Dehydrate on teflex sheets overnight.

Eggplant Bacon

1 large eggplant
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
2 tablespoons agave nectar (or raw honey)
4 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
Salt to taste (optional)

Thinly slice your eggplant, lengthwise (think about how bacon strips look). I use a mandolin slicer. You could probably accomplish this with a vegetable peeler too. Alternately, you could make ‘round’ bacon by slicing the other way.

Remaining ingredients make up the marinade. Mix up these to make the marinade. Marinate eggplant strips for 2 hours.

Place on dehydrator sheets. Salt bacon (optional) and dehydrate for 9 hours. Turn bacon over and dehydrate another 9 hours. Around 110 degrees or to desired crispness.

****I am going to play around with different recipes to see which I like better, that is what you have to do with Raw Food, tweak it to your liking.


Raw Bacon Wrap

OMG is it ready yet?
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