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Jan 1, 2010 07:46 AM

Dairy ham substitute

Saw Emeril make shirred eggs this morning and I want to make them on Sunday.
What do people generally use as a ham substitute for a dairy recipe?

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  1. both morningstar farms and lightlife (or is it smartlife?) make a fake hm. the MSF one is dairy, the other is pareve,

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    1. re: marissaj

      I have never seen MSF "ham" before.

      1. re: DeisCane

        ohhh. whoops you are right.. sorry its a bacon substitute.. but i think YVES products also carry a ham substitue..

    2. Some versions of Baco's are kosher. Osem Bissili barbecue flavor will work too.

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      1. re: BigGuy

        Ham and bacon are two very different foods. It's kind of like telling someone to replace a steak with jerky.

        1. re: GilaB

          Oh, I thought the OP was looking for a bacon substitute. The vegetarian ham substitutes don't taste that good and don't have that good of a mouth feel either. At the vegetarian Chinese restaurants, they use tofu skin for duck and pork. That'll work.

          1. re: BigGuy

            Have you ever seen kosher-certified tofu skin? I haven't found any yet.

            1. re: GilaB

              Yes, I have. Global Protein Foods makes O-K certified Yuba:


              Available in NY, at Katagiri Japanese Grocery. Or, you can make your own.

        2. Morningstar had a canadian bacon product years ago. Made a nice faux-Egg-McMuffin. Not sure why it was discontinued.

          It appears that Yves does carry both ham and canadian bacon substitutes. Check around.

          1. No vegetarian substitute for ham exists. There are a range of differences among boiled, smoked or baked ham. Each has its own flavor and texture, not to mention overall quality of the meat. The closest approximation to a baked ham would be a smoked turkey, the kind you slice at an appetizing counter. This would not work for a dairy meal, of course. Genuine bacon and ham range widely in textures, quality and flavors. The vegetarian bacon substitutes most approximate the lower-range of bacons. The texture is nothing at all like real bacon.

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              1. re: DeisCane

                I've had this before. Used to eat it in sandwiches for lunch. I don't know what real ham tastes like, but this stuff wasn't bad.

            1. If you are making your own sub using the suggestions below, the components will not have a hecksher. If that's ok with you, I would suggest you investigate the vegan ham products sold in Asian markets or online. for example. This product doesn't have the rubbery quality of Lightlife.
              Yves makes a veg canadian bacon which is also good: