ISO non-meat, non-soy "bacon" bits.... do they exist?
- im_nomad Dec 8, 2010 12:42 PM
Ok, so I don't eat meat, and a recent breast cancer diagnosis means no more soy forever for me. However, I love me some bacon bits on my salads and various other things. I only just now realized that the ones I have in my cupboard (and most, I suspect) are completely soy.
Does anyone know of a similar substitute that might meet my needs?
I can't imagine what an alternative could be made out of, given the soy and meat restrictions.
re: small h
Here's another vote for smoked paprika. I'm mostly a veg and don't like soy bacon bits, but smoked paprika has served me well with greens, potatoes, soups and stews. You wouldn't get the crunch, but you could add a bit of it to a homemade salad dressing for salads. Or, make your own croutons and include some smoked paprika in the recipe.
Maybe chopped smoked almonds would work? I also googled and of course got chowhound hits with some good ideas. There's apparently a vegetarian product called bacon salt, maybe you could use that to make nuts or seitan taste bacon-y. Another poster also suggested frying smoked provolone slices until very well done, that could be tasty! Sorry for
not linking, I'm posting from my phone.
If it's the smokiness that you are looking for, smoked salt might be an option:
It smells wonderful, and while not bacon it does impart a nice smoky flavor if used as a finishing salt.
ETA... I didn't even catch that you had the smoked salt :) How about sprinkling it on popcorn or fresh potato chips?