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Making Sunny's Eggplant Bacon

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Looks good, doesn't it? OK, before going any further, I posted this recipe on SparkRecipe, so here's the link:

The recipe explains it all, but here's a summary. I consulted Appetite for Reduction, the cool healthy vegan cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, vegan chef extraordinaire. I shopped for the ingredients: eggplant (I got an organic one and it weighed about one third of a pound), Liquid Smoke, and it called for soy sauce but I use Bragg's and thought it would be fine. It wasn't. I mixed up the sauce and it was vile, and I poured it down the drain. While at the supermarket I had been tempted to buy Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki, and I succumbed. It had healthy ingredients and was thick with garlic and sesame seeds. But they had me at the name.

Other vegan bacon recipes using coconut called for tamari and maple syrup. BTW, I mix up teriyaki and tamari all the time. So I knew that sweetness would enhance this sauce, so I made my own with the SVVVT sauce, liquid smoke and maple syrup. I also oven-roasted the eggplant slices much longer than the recipe called for, both before and after dipping in the sauce. I even left them in the oven after I turned it off while I entered the recipe into SparkRecipe, about 10 minutes more.

Here's how they looked when I took them out of the oven and turned the oven off.

The next photo is how they looked after I let them sit it the hot (but off oven) for about 10 more minutes:

I arranged the cute little slices atop slices of my homegrown Early Girl tomato on bread with Vegenaise spread on it thinly, and built the rest of the sandwich adding onion, avocado, Tofutti cheese, and Smart Deli vegan ham coldcuts. Here's how that bad boy looked, sliced and all ready to eat:

Making this "bacon" was labor intensive, but the recipe adds up to 10 servings, so I popped them into a plastic container and will parcel them out as needed. I expect they will get soft, and I'll have to address that as I use them. Wish I had a toaster oven! Ah, but I will manage it somehow.

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FUTUREHOPE49 1/18/2012 1:37PM

    Wow! Sunny I must have missed this blog, I don't know why! It sounds delicious! I love Tamari and Terryaki sauce and adore aubergines (Eggplant). I will try this in our new halogen table top oven which toasts and grills as well. It was very cheap, but very good and saves energy! Don't you have them where you are?
Thank you for sharing!

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PATTK1220 8/21/2011 11:22AM

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing! I am looking forward to making your version.

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WILLBOYWONDER 8/16/2011 11:12AM

    If you used as your guide, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, then I KNOW it must be fabulous. I'm going to add it to my cookbook to try later.

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LIV2RIDE 8/2/2011 9:48AM

    YUMMY! I was thinking of making tempeh bacon today. Now you got me thinking that I should have bought an eggplant at the store last night.

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LADYDI2049 8/1/2011 9:43AM

    Sunny this sounds great and in the photo the sandwich looks delicious. You take chances and it pays off. Thanks for sharing.

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EGR2BEME 7/31/2011 7:36AM

    I made the Caesar Salad with Eggplant Bacon yesterday with the Caesar Chavez Dressing on page 42 and 43 of Appetite for Reduction. This was recommended to me by my family and it is really yummy!

My eggplant bacon was not crisp enough...Sunny yours looks beautiful! Thanks for the suggestion of leaving them in the hot, but off oven for 10 minutes longer!


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HASELNUSSCHEN 7/31/2011 12:25AM

    it sounds yummy! I have never been great at making Eggplant taste good, but this is a really good idea. maybe I'll try it with the one in my fridge!

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FRUITYCHERRY 7/30/2011 11:52PM

    I make eggplant bacon all the time! Love it!!!!!! SOOOOO MUCH! Glad to find another enthusiast! :o)

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THEWINNER33 7/30/2011 9:55PM

    Sounds great. I love eggplant. DH will like it too. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Marcia

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GIANTPANDA 7/30/2011 9:47PM

    Thank you so much for posting this awesome blog! I am hungry just reading it and have to try this recipe!

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DS9KIE 7/30/2011 9:37PM

    wow those look yummy

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LIVINHEALTHY9 7/30/2011 9:15PM

    That looks good!

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TRAVELNISTA 7/30/2011 8:06PM

    I love eggplant bacon. Your BLt looks delish and very healthy.

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COSMIC_ENERGY 7/30/2011 8:05PM

    It looks very yummy!

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KERRIFAIR 7/30/2011 6:26PM

    I have Appetite for Reduction also and have not made anything out of it.. this eggplant bacon looks great! Any others you would recommend? emoticon

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BOLDLYVENTURE 7/30/2011 4:45PM

    Hi I have Appetite for reduction and have not made the eggplant bacon yet.
I would also like to make your recipe!-I have smoked paprika that I use instead of liquid smoke and sometimes I use maple flavoring if I don't want the sugar& sometimes adding cloes seems to give it that"bacon" taste.
Anyway I will get around to making this someday!

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