Makin' Bakin' Bits

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Joni Marie Newman is the self appointed QUEEN OF VEGGIE BURGERS! She is just a regular gal who loves to cook and bake...ESPECIALLY for friends and family.  Self taught, and still learning, she spens most of my spare time in the kitchen. You can find more about Joni by visiting her website www.joninewman.com

Makin’ Bakin’ 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
1/4 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.