Tofu bacon has had me excited for awhile. I was scared to try it. I really did not understand what made it smokey, or so crunchy.? I turned to my friend, the internet. and found only a few references and recipes. It doesn’t seem to be as popular as you might think.
So I combined two or three good ideas and here’s what I came up with.
- 16 oz block of firm tofu
- 2-3 tbsp Tamari sauce or Liquid Braggs Aminos
- liquid smoke ( to taste really)
- 1-2 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
- Mix the liquids together and set aside.
- Drain the tofu.
- Use a cheese slicer to make thin slices of tofu (I found an adjustable one…it works great).
- Lay the pieces out on a sheet pan covered in paper towel or cloth. This will soak out the excess liquid from the tofu.
- Turn the oven on to 275 degrees.
- Remove the cloth or paper towel from the tofu,
- Generously spray the sheet pan with pan spray.
- Using a pastry brush, coat the tofu on both sides. Handle carefully if sliced thin.
- Place in oven and cook for 20-25 minutes on one side, and another 10 minutes or so on the other. The option is to cook it in a pan on the stove, but the oven actually draws out a bit more of the moisture, mimicking the smoking and curing process that bacon actually goes through.
- Remove and cool.
- Eat with your favorite tofu scramble, or salad. It’s yummy!