Joni Marie Newman loves a challenge, so when asked about hydrogenated fats in imitation bacon bits, she started on a quest to make the perfect vegan bacon bits. I love a challenge, so when asked about the hydrogenated fats in imitation bacon bits, I started on a quest. I normally don't buy premade meat analogs anyway, so why not figure out how to make these little bits of bacon-y goodness on my own. Of course, buying a jar of Bac-os is still the easiest. But, if you are a smidge adventurous, try this.
2 tablespoons liquid smoke
1 scant cup water
1 cup TVP granules
¼ teaspoon salt
A few drops red food coloring, optional
3 tablespoons canola or other vegetable oil
To a measuring cup add the liquid smoke, then fill to get one cup water.
In a microwave safe dish, mix together Liquid smoke mixture, TVP and salt.
Cover tightly with plastic wrap and micro wave on high for 5-6 minutes.
*Alternatively, bring the water to a boil, pour over TVP granules, mix in liquid smoke, cover and let stand for 10 minutes.
Preheat a frying pan with the oil. Add reconstituted TVP to the pan and toss to make sure it all gets coated with oil. Pan fry until desired crispness. Stir them often. You don’t necessarily want to brown them, rather dry them out. Right around ten minutes. Allow to cool completely before transferring to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator. Should last at least a week, but probably much longer. Makes about a cup.
Recipe by Everyday Dish TV at http://www.everydaydish.tv/makin-bakin-bits/