This is delicious, cheap, and a great work around for a pervasive ingredient. I’m not even going to call this a recipe, but I hope that just sharing the idea that a super easy vegan bacon alternative is available will inspire you to use this fantastic substitute.
Bacon Salt (Don’t worry. It’s not a fancy specialty product. Walmart carries it, so you’re all set, Alabama).
Slice off the rounded edge of an eggplant like you’re going to julienne it. Then cut the block into sheets about the thickness of thin bacon, possibly a bit thinner so they’re a little bit floppy. Cut the sheets into strips the width of bacon. There. Bacon shapes.
Put the bacon shapes, because we’re going with that, onto a paper towel and sprinkle with bacon salt (Like I said in the ingredients list- it’s just seasoning salt, like Lawry’s. It’s not a specialty vegetarian ingredient. You can find it at Walmart, usually with the barbecue seasonings. This shit makes other shit taste like bacon and is a vegan seasoning mix, so just buy this.
After you season both sides of your shapes, let them sit for like ten or fifteen minutes so the eggplant can weep. Press it with a paper towel. Or don’t. We both know you’re just going to do what you want anyway.
Fry these monster babies in some vegetable oil. Eyeball it. These will start to brown and crisp up and if you get them out at the right time, they’ll still have soft, chewy bits, and pockets of fatty oil, just like bacon.
As a final step, and in the name of decency, pat your bac’n with paper towel to absorb excess oil. There will be excess oil.
Make this. I promise it is so good and way better than any mock bacon you can buy in the grocery store. You can use this as a bacon substitute for club sandwiches, crumble it into a salad, put whatever. If you’re looking to cut out bacon for your heart, animals, the environment, Allah, whatever, this is a must-have in your cooking repertoire.