I can't say for sure, but as a vegetarian, I'll admit it's the only meat I've ever missed.
The rise of all things pork in the past few years has only added to this phenomenon. Even a vegetarian can't swing a block of tofu without hitting some new, outrageous use of bacon (see bacon chocolate).
And how many times have you heard that everything is better with bacon? Probably a lot. I'm certainly not going to argue with that claim, but it can make it awfully hard to stay away from the stuff if you're a recovering bacon lover.
I've yet to find a vegetarian version that's worth eating, but I'm intrigued by The Edibility Exam's recipe that uses strips of eggplant seasoned with Bacon Salt. That one's going right on the to-cook list.
Any flexitarians out there who indulge in a little bacon now and then? Anyone have any other vegetarian bacon recipes? We'd love to hear about them.
- The Cotton Factory: Vegetarian* T-shirt ($15.99-$18.99)
- The Edibility Exam: Vegetarian Eggplant “Bacon” Recipe
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