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I made tempeh bacon the other day and was surprised to find that it was pretty darn good. There are many recipes for this, but most called for liquid smoke. I made a marinade from what I had on hand and hoped it would bake into a crunchy smoky flavor since I did not have the liquid smoke. We liked it, but give it a try and let me know what you think?
Note: This doesn’t get as crunchy as bacon, as it would have to be cut paper thin — and then it would burn while cooking. But, it does give the taste of bacon on sandwiches without having to eat animals.
1 pkg. – tempeh, rinsed and dried (this removes any bitterness from the soybeans)
3 Tbsp. – tamari (gluten free soy sauce), or regular soy sauce.
2 Tbsp. – 100% real maple syrup
1 – tsp. hot sauce of your choice
1 tsp. – smoked paprika
1/8-1/2 tsp. chipotle pepper powder
1 – Tbsp. BBQ sauce of your choice
1 tsp. – Steak sauce of your choice
Heat oven to 425 degrees
Whisk together your wet ingredients and spices
Cut tempeh into any length bacon strips you’d like.
Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment
Put into the sauce and marinate for as long as you’d like. I only let mine sit for the time it took the oven to preheat.
Bake for 15 minutes
Remove from oven
Turn each piece over and brush the rest of the marinade over the tempeh
Turn off the stove
Return to oven and bake another 5-7 minutes
Eat as tapas, put onto pasta or pizza, or refrigerate for sandwiches. I put ours on egg salad GF pitas.
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Update! I made these again today: 1/25/22 and have added more ingredients. I have added BBQ and steak sauce. Much better today with the addition of those and cutting them thinner. Note: they still did not get crispy, but I still only baked them for 15 minutes. We were hungry… what can I say? You could continue to bake them longer to see if you can get them crunchier and let me know…