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What to use in place of Bacon?

Raboi Oct 31, 2009 07:43 PM

Specifically, Dates stuffed with almonds, wrapped in bacon and baked are delicious but we keep a kosher house. What do you think is the best item to use to replace the bacon that is kosher? Attached, find the recipe.


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  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: Raboi Oct 31, 2009 08:06 PM

    i'm pretty sure there's kosher turkey bacon.

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      jensays RE: goodhealthgourmet Oct 31, 2009 08:11 PM

      Morningstar makes a bacon soystrip thats really quite tasty, and smells a lot like bacon too.

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        queenscook RE: jensays Oct 31, 2009 08:24 PM

        I don't recall the soy bacons being flexible enough to wrap around anything. I'm not a fan of their taste, but others disagree. This was discussed here in a thread called "Turkey Bacon." You can search for that thread and get different opinions.

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          Raboi RE: jensays Nov 1, 2009 10:41 AM

          the taste of the morningstar product is ok but the consistency is more like cardboard...

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        fourunder RE: Raboi Nov 1, 2009 10:49 AM



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          mellycooks RE: Raboi Nov 1, 2009 10:58 AM

          My husband doesn't eat pork either and I've found that beef bacon is the best substitute. The problem with veg or turkey substitutes is that they cut out all the fat. I'm not trying to cut fat, just pork! I've seen beef bacon at whole foods and occasionally at other stores. For recipes where you're trying to get smoky-ness, you can use smoked turkey thighs.

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            crabby_cakes RE: mellycooks Dec 8, 2009 10:22 PM

            I substitute with beef bacon when I make it for my wife. You can taste the difference, but it's still good.

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            chuck RE: Raboi Nov 1, 2009 12:41 PM

            I had a BLT sandwich for lunch today using Aand H Beef Fry. I have also used Aaron's Beef Fry but I can't get that anymore. Maybe a vicitm of all of their problems. They are pretty close to the treif variety. Morningstar farms products are all dairy.

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              koshermasterchef RE: Raboi Nov 1, 2009 02:56 PM

              As I mentioned in this thread :http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/651732 I like to use salami when cooking, but I agree with the others that the various makes of Beef-fry are ideal for breakfast and sandwiches. I do not find Beef-fry ideal for most "recipe" applications as the fat tends to become stringy when fried and therefore the texture is often undesirable. In your recipe since the point is for a "crispy" texture, I think the Beef-fry will be fine. Beware that Beef-fry and Salami are both quite salty in flavor and Salami is garlicky, so adjust your recipes accordingly.

              1. weinstein5 RE: Raboi Nov 1, 2009 06:55 PM

                I would suggest beef fry - if you arein a town that has a kosher butcher that cures its own meat I would check to see if they make their beef fry - for instance here in Chicago Romanian's makes an excellent beef fry - if A&H Beef Fry is also good - f either of those options are not available - pastrami would be a good choice -

                If you happen to be in the Mountain View CA - a new restaurant, The Kitchen Table, makes their own lamb bacon which is phenomenla - which they might be willing to sell -

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                  dpastor RE: Raboi Nov 4, 2009 07:24 AM

                  For ham, I substitute veal pastrami - I think that that could taste very good with the dates, just change the cooking times.

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