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This vegan “bacon” is salty and smoky; it bubbles and crisps in the oven as it roasts. It is made from strips of marinade-coated rice paper, the Southeast Asian staple used to wrap fresh spring rolls.

Use it the way however you’d use bacon: In a BLT, crumbled onto salads and alongside eggs or Tofu Scramble (see related recipe).

To read the accompanying story, see: No pigs were harmed in the making of this ‘bacon.’

The roasted strips can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Ingredients

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Servings: 810 (makes about 40 pieces)

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.

  2. Step 2

    Whisk together the oil, tamari, maple syrup, Liquid Smoke, nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, granulated garlic, onion powder and black pepper in a shallow baking dish, until well incorporated. This is your marinade.

  3. Step 3

    Use a very sharp knife or kitchen shears to cut all the rice paper wrappers into long, 1-inch-wide strips. This is a little tricky, and your sheets may crack (especially if your knife isn’t sharp), but it doesn’t matter if the strips are ragged or if you end up with some half-pieces.

  4. Step 4

    Set up a large workspace with the marinade, baking sheets and a wide bowl or pie plate of room-temperature water.

  5. Step 5

    Pair 2 rice-paper strips of roughly the same shape and size, holding them together. Dip them briefly in the water, which should cause them to lightly stick together. Squeegee the excess water off them with your fingers.

  6. Step 6

    Dip the doubled strip through the marinade, gently, coating front and back. Let the excess drip off, then place on a baking sheet. Repeat until all the strips and have been dipped (using a brush as needed as you get to the end of the marinade). Line them up on the sheets as close as possible without overlapping.

  7. Step 7

    Roast (middle rack) the strips until they bubble and curl in spots and start to feel crisp on the edges, 8 to 10 minutes. Be careful: They can quickly go from crispy to burnt. (If you want them a little chewier, take them out a minute earlier.)

  8. Step 8

    Eat warm, or transfer the slices to a wire rack to cool before storing.

Nutritional Facts

Per serving (based on 10)

  • Calories

    100

  • Carbohydrates

    9 g

  • Fat

    6 g

  • Protein

    2 g

  • Saturated Fat

    1 g

  • Sodium

    510 mg

  • Sugar

    1 g

This analysis is an estimate based on available ingredients and this preparation. It should not substitute for a dietitian’s or nutritionist’s advice.

Adapted from “Food Is the Solution: What to Eat to Save the World — 80+ Recipes for a Greener Planet and a Healthier You,” by Matthew Prescott (Flatiron Books, 2018).

Tested by Joe Yonan

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