I went to start my blog tonight and was met with the following…
J Man found my iPad and had a little fun. And if there were someone who defined the term “Strange, but Good” it just might be my four year old-license plate memorizing-state capitals song singing-goof ball.
Now let’s talk about bacon.
I’ve never had real bacon. I’ve also never mowed a lawn or seen any of the Star Wars movies. Should I be ashamed?
I’ve had beef bacon. I think it was called sizzle-lean.
I’ve had turkey bacon. Confession: I kinda loved this stuff. Loved. Past tense.
As a vegetarian, I always ate Stripples. Morning Star makes them. I think they are called Bacon Strips in mainstream Wal-Mart world. But I don’t think they’re vegan…
What’s a girl to do?
I’ve heard rumor of eggplant bacon and I had to try my hand. I followed the Post Punk Kitchen process, but experimented with my own marinade.
And let’s just put it out there: in a blind taste test, only a crazy person would mistake this eggplant bacon for actual bacon!
So don’t pretend it’s bacon. Because, in fact, it’s the best marinated eggplant you’ve ever had! I kept slicing off little strips of it, you know, how people on a diet tend to eat a piece of cake? “Just a half of a half of a piece…just a little more…oh, just give me the whole piece already!”
So I sliced up the remaining and used it as pasta for dinner. It looks kinda like octopus, huh?
Add “tasted octopus” to the list of things I’ve never done.
Nor have I taken weird double headed pictures of myself…
Strange, but Good…
1 eggplant, sliced into bacon shaped slices
2 TBS Bragg’s liquid aminos
1 TBS honey
1 TBS rice vinegar
1 tsp liquid smoke
Preheat oven to 425
Spray baking pan with cooking spray and spread out eggplant. Bake for 8 minutes. Flip and bake 4 minutes more.
Combine remaining ingredients.
Brush cooked eggplant with marinade and continue baking 4 more minutes or until desired crispness (I ended up with about 8 more minutes)