Tempeh: tofu’s awkward, but super-cool cousin! What exactly is tempeh? It’s fermented whole soybeans, packed with protein and it’s been around close to a thousand years. I know it doesn’t sound so exciting right now, but we ’bout to take it up a notch and make some Smoky Maple Tempeh Bacon.
Before you even ask…NO, it’s not just like eating bacon! But, is it smoky, savory, sweet and have an aroma that will make your mouth water? Oh, yes!
And, as an added bonus, this bacon won’t clog your arteries and eventually kill you.
You might be asking yourself, “What the hell am I going to do with tempeh bacon?” Well, you could eat it directly off the pan before your kids swoop in like vultures and devour it. But, it’s absolutely awesome mixed into (or placed right beside) my Damn Good Tofu Scramble, nestled up nice and close to some delicious pancakes, or piled high on a sandwich (be on the lookout for this). But, why stop there? It’s also great on top of my Chipotle Bowl and a freaking mind blower in my Game Day Cheese Dip.
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Smoky Maple Tempeh Bacon
Smoky maple tempeh bacon is absolutely delicious and super easy to prepare. Pile it high in sandwiches, on top of salads, or anywhere you'd normally put bacon.
- 1 8-ounce package of tempeh
- 1/4 cup Tamari or low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
- 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce (make sure it's vegetarian)
- 2 tsp. smoked paprika or paprika
- 1 tsp. liquid smoke, or preference
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- Pinch of cayenne
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or non-stick aluminum foil.
- Add all marinade ingredients into a small bowl and mix well to combine. Then, pour into a container large enough that marinade and tempeh will just fit. Not too large, not too small.
- Carefully slice the tempeh into thin strips and place in the marinade, and make sure each piece is coated. Marinate for at least 20 minutes. If you can wait, let marinate in the fridge overnight.
- Layout tempeh on baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, flip over, evenly pour the remaining marinade on the tempeh. Place tempeh back in oven and cook for another 15 minutes or until most of the marinade has evaporated. Cooking time will depend on oven.