Vegetarian (Except for Bacon)

Know any otherwise vegetarians who can't help themselves when it comes to bacon? Or any who crave it but make do with veggie versions? What is it about this cured meat that keeps so many people on the fence?

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.

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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.

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(Images: The Cotton Factory and The Edibility Exam)

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