Friday, June 17, 2016

Rice Paper Bacon or I'm So Trendy!

Well, I finally got over my fear and made rice paper bacon yesterday, and I am very glad to report that it was not as difficult as I thought it would be.
Fresh out of the oven
I cut two sheets of rice paper at a time while dry. I had imagined that they would shatter, and just be very difficult to cut while dry. But I also feared that trying to cut them after soaking would be a HUGE pain. I feel like I made the right choice. Maybe if I ever want to raise my blood pressure, I'll try to cut them while wet and compare! I think you want to use sharp scissors,  it wold be hard with a knife.
After cutting them in strips, I just dipped the two strips in the marinade, and made sure it got in between to help them stick together. I baked these in a 400 degree oven for about ten minutes, give or take. Sorry, I was playing string and I didn't pay as much attention as I should have.But it was definitely close to ten minutes. To be honest, next time I'll probably do eight minutes or so.
Waiting to be made into an amazing sandwich!
It comes out crispy, but also a little chewy, it's really nice. I think mushrooms are still my fave for some vegan bacon, but I would say rice paper comes in second. I swear not in a million and a half years would I ever have thought of this. Creativity is truly AMAZING!!
The finished product, better than a diner!
I layered some up on toasted wheat bread with all the fixins, and had some super wide crinkle cut fries on the side. This is one of the strongest tasting vegan bacons, the rice paper really absorbs the marinade. I've made tempeh bacon in the past where the flavor kind of gets lost in the sandwich. This was bold, and definitely stood out.
I didn't follow any recipe, I just kind of added what I've seen people use until it tasted good. I did write down how much of everything I used. It was really tasty.

                                                      Bacon-ish Marinade
  • 2 T. coconut sugar
  • 2T. nutritional yeast
  • 2T. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. vegan worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 pepper
I was just thinking as I was typing this that I should have melted a teaspoon of coconut oil for the marinade. I feel like coconut oil is what you need when you need a specific kind of fattiness.
Don't leave out the nutritional yeast, because it helps thicken the marinade, and also I think I've mentioned this before, but nutritional yeast and liquid smoke bring out the best in each other. They're the Ross and Rachael of condiments.
Look at that face!!!!
I almost forgot to add that the marinade was enough for eleven strips of "bacon", so I used 22 rice paper wrappers. I did use every last drop, so if you make more bacon, I would double upon the marinade.
Happy Friday!


  1. Fab work and thanks for the tips. I am attempting rice paper bacon tomorrow for Sunday breakfast. I've made coconut bacon and tempeh bacon before but not heard of mushroom bacon, I must investigate further!

    1. If you marinate thinly sliced mushrooms in a bacon like marinade, and then just fry them up, or I guess sautee it's realllllllly tasty! There are tons of recipes for shitake bacon, but I used plain old white mushrooms and it was delicious! Good luck with the rice paper bacon!

  2. How cool!!! I was never a fan of bacon so I am not really into figuring out a way to make a vegan version but this is such a cool option for those that miss it! I swear, vegans are the most creative people!

    1. I know, honestly some of the things vegans have come up with! I don't crave bacon, but when I saw this rice paper bacon craze, I just had to try it, I mean rice paper?? It's just so crazy!

  3. AWESOME! Look at you getting all creative and trendy in the kitchen!!!!

  4. I'll follow your lead and make them. Maybe when tomato season sets in I will make some BLTs with super ripe tomatoes.

    1. That's what I want to do is make these with delicious, non mealy tomatoes, like maybe even an heirloom tomato!

  5. What a brilliant idea! (although did Ross and Rachel bring out the best in each other? not always)

    1. I was thinking of saying Chandler and Monica who really did seem to balance each other out, but Ross and Rachael were and are my favorite couple ever!