bacon salt: how do you use it?
- alkapal Sep 3, 2008 06:07 AM
i just bought some bacon salt, and was wondering what you use it on?
btw, how can it call itself "vegetarian" and "kosher" and be a bacon product?
Well, it's not really a bacon product. It's a bacon-flavored product with no real bacon involved, which is how it can be veg & kosher.
I've sprinkled it over deviled eggs, into mashed potatoes, on buttered popcorn, on grilled potatoes, and into scrambled eggs. To me, it's more of a really smoky salt rather than a bacon substitute. I haven't used it on meats, though. I suppose tofu might be interesting.
My DH surprised me by bringing home 2 bottles of bacon salt last week, one is the original and the other is hickory. The first thing I made were scrambled eggs, with bacon salt and the Kraft cheese powder. I scarfed those down! I have also used it on a baked potato, and I think the next time I make hamburgers I will mix some of it into the meat. I also am thinking about some bacon salt sprinkled into a grilled cheese sandwich. So many possibilities.
I've tried both the original and hickory versions. Experimented by using them in eggs, burgers (beef & turkey) and on some veggies. My orginal thinking was what a great way to infuse some bacony goodness into dishes without adding the fat. Not even close to the flavor I was hoping for. I've found it to be very smokey and has a chemical aftertaste rather than a solid bacon flavor. It's actually more of a smokey season salt, imo. I can see the appeal for vegetarians & I may use it in vegetarian chili or when I have vegan friends over for a meal, but bacon salt is probably not going to be something I will regularly reach for in the pantry.
I'm intrigued by Bacon Salt, it sounds like a delicious idea. I was wondering if some of you that have used it could describe the taste? Does it actually taste like bacon, or does it taste more like smoke, which reminds you of bacon?
I love the idea of adding a bacon taste to dishes, without adding bacon -- but I'm hesitant to try it, because I'm not a fan of liquid smoke, which is how I image it might taste. Thanks!
I think that the original tastes more like bacon, and the hickory has more of the liquid smoke flavor. I recently bought the peppered flavor and I really like that the best. I have used one or another in noodles, soups, sprinkled on steak (the peppered or hickory was best), on cheese for a grilled cheese sandwich, mixed into cottage cheese (original only), on top of mac and cheese, beans (any of them for beans), cheese grits, and I keep experimenting! I am a big fan, but just a dab will do you! You can use too much, so you have to beware.