Vegan Mushroom Bacon is easy to prepare and is a great topping on veggie burgers, sandwiches, and avocado toast.
Talk to any eater of meat, and they will tell you to never trust a carnivore who doesn’t like bacon. Bacon has matured to become a secret ingredient in doughnuts and ice cream. However, just because you are a Vegan/Vegetarian doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the guilty pleasure of a smoky side dish, without the guilt.
While I have never claimed to be a Vegetarian, I do prefer this Smoky mushroom bacon over its meaty counterparts (although every once in a while I do love some turkey bacon). Although I am a big fan of mushrooms. Practically in every form. I really have never met any mushroom dish I didn’t like.
I recently made a green pea and spinach veggie burger and added this mushroom bacon on as a topping. It was delicious. (I also added these quick pickled onions as well and the briny flavor of the onions versus the smoky profile of this mushroom bacon was magical)
I also have tried my hand at coconut bacon which is also a delicious topping for veggie burgers and roasted vegetables. The secret is the liquid smoke and a very little goes a long way. Liquid smoke is made by burning wood chips, capturing the smoke, then condensing the smoke into liquid form. It’s very commonly found in most grocery stores.
The other secret ingredient is the pure maple syrup. This leads to a sweeter flavor which pairs nicely with the smoky flavor.
The flavor is so spot on, I have served this as a side dish to a plate of scrambled eggs and toast. This mushroom bacon was a big hit. Enjoy!
- Preheat oven to 375°. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine the olive oil, liquid aminos, maple syrup, and liquid smoke together.
- Add the mushrooms and stir to coat.
- Place the mushrooms in a single layer on the baking sheet and bake for 20-22 minutes, until the mushrooms have slightly shriveled.