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Eggplant Bacon or Vegan Octopus: your call

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…

Eggplant Bacon

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)


6 responses »

  1. Ugly food can still taste good…but if you are serving it to guests, I’m not sure what to do. Ask them to keep their eyes closed? Blindfold them? 🙂

  2. I love eggplant! I made a portobello bacon based on PPKs recipe long and and totally forgot about it. I bet it’s amazing with eggplant. Can’t wait to try! Thanks for linking up!!!

  3. I’m LOLing over vegan octopus. I’ve tasted it for real–you’re not missing much.
    I’ll have to give this a try for sure!


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