Maybe they shouldn’t be called bacon, but these crispy, smoky, maple marinated strips of fermented soy are slices of vegan heaven. And no piggies were harmed in the making of this tempeh 🐷 “bacon.”
I’m not a preacher, so although I always endeavor to be a vegan activist, I don’t always think the best way to reach people is making them swallow an armful of vegan statistics. I would much rather get them to devour vegan food. In my seven years of experience trying to get others to understand why I decided to follow a vegan lifestyle, I have found that people generally only concentrate on what they would have to ‘give up,’ instead of the positive outcomes.
To me- good food is good food. Dishes can be scrumptious, tantalizing, mouthwatering, and delightful, without meat and dairy. I wish more people shared this view, so it’s my aspiration to change as many minds as possible.
Of course tempeh bacon isn’t conventional bacon, and I think that it’s even better.
Smoky Tempeh Marinade
- 1/4 cup less sodium soy sauce
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 3 tbsp oil (olive, melted coconut, etc)
- 1 tsp hot sauce (I like Sriracha)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- dash of liquid smoke
- salt and pepper
Combine all ingredients well, preferably in a large shallow dish.
Prepare the tempeh by slicing it into 1/4 inch or thinner pieces. The thinner it is, the crispier it will be but you run the risk of it falling apart in the marinade or pan. Then, add the tempeh strips into dish with the marinade, making sure that all pieces are covered.
Refrigerate the marinating tempeh for 20 minutes to an hour.
Heat a large skillet (I used a cast iron pan) over medium heat and add a tablespoon of oil. When hot, arrange the tempeh strips in one layer on the pan. Cook for
approximately 5 minutes on each side, or until browned. The marinade liquid will start to bubble around the strips, which aids the canalization process. If the pan gets too dry, drizzle some of the marinade between the strips.
There are a few things that make any dish better, and tempeh bacon is one of them. On top of burger patties, crumbled over salad, or next to a tofu scramble like this recipe.