Crispy, meaty and bursting with flavour… This is what you will taste if you make this amazing mushroom bacon recipe.
What!?! can I hear you say, mushroom bacon? Yes, you read correctly: this is a vegan bacon made with portobello mushrooms.
When I went to the Natural Gourmet Institute, we made shiitake bacon and it was just so delicious, I really wanted to make my own version of these tasty treats at home. Since shiitake mushrooms are hard to find in Newfoundland, I decided to try roasting portobello mushrooms. Portobello mushrooms worked marvelously and the bonus is that they are large mushrooms and therefore create lots of “bacon”!
The goal here is not to invent a vegetable bacon, but rather get some of the addictive properties of bacon into a healthier form. When baked, mushrooms that have been coated in oil and spices becomes crispy on the outside, while meaty and chewy on the inside. The flavour is just so satisfying: salty, earthy, meaty, smokey… it just coats your tongue in all these delicious tastes. You will see for yourself, this vegan “bacon” is highly addictive!
With only a few ingredients (portobello mushrooms, grapeseed oil and spices), you can create a snack to eat on its own or use as a condiment that will add flavour to burgers, sandwiches, omelets, pastas and salads.
- ½ lb (2-3) portobello mushrooms caps
- 2-3 tablespoons grapeseed oil
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
- Preheat oven at 350 degrees F.
- Slice mushrooms in thin and even layers that measure approximately ⅛ inch thick.
- Place mushroom slices on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Brush grapeseed oil on top of the mushroom slices.
- In a small bowl, mix black pepper, sea salt and cayenne pepper.
- Sprinkle about half of the spice mix on the oiled mushrooms slices.
- Using tongs, flip mushrooms slices on the other side, brush a thin coat of oil on the other side and sprinkle the rest of the seasonning.
- Roast in pre-heated oven for 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and flip mushrooms. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the mushrooms are crispy. Check them often so that they do not burn.
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