Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Shiitake Bacon: Mushrooms That Taste Like Bacon

Rumor has it that this is the year for pies. Green smoothies are all the rage (posting a recipe later this month). I’ve heard that cupcakes are so last year. Bacon? So 2010. I love the idea that something can be a trend but no food, especially bacon, will fall out of favor with me. To show my love for all things bacon I decided to try to make some vegan friendly bacon.

I’ve had this recipe bookmarked for months. I must admit I’m not a huge fan of mushrooms. Other recipes took priority. I recently spotted a fresh supply of shittake mushrooms and decided to give this recipe a try.

If you like mushrooms you will love this recipe. The mushrooms had just the right amount of salt. They were crisp but not overcooked. You could still taste the texture of the mushroom but it wasn’t overpowering. I actually like my bacon to be well-done. I baked this batch for 45 minutes. If I make this again I’m going to add another 5-10 minutes to the baking time.

You can use the shiitake bacon as a substitute for “real” bacon in almost any recipe. It would taste great in sandwiches and salads.

Shiitake Bacon: Mushrooms That Taste Like Bacon


1⁄2 pound shitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced

1⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon sea salt


Preheat oven to 350°.

In a bowl combine the mushrooms, oil, and salt.

Spread mushrooms on a parchment-lined baking sheet and place in oven.

Roast mushrooms until dry and crisp, stirring about every 10 minutes, approximately 45 minutes to one hour. (Oven temperatures may vary.)


Shitake Bacon courtesy of Chef Elliot Prag at ScienCentral and The Natural Gourmet Institute

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7 Responses to “Shiitake Bacon: Mushrooms That Taste Like Bacon”

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    fooddreamer — January 18, 2011 @ 12:36 PM

    Huh! I didn’t know they tasted like bacon. As you say, bacon will never fall out of favour (especially in this house!), but a veggie substitute is always nice sometimes.

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    Natalie — January 18, 2011 @ 1:29 PM

    Thanks for sharing this, Ive never tried it and am really intrigued. Being a veggie this could come in very handy for flavouring stews & soups, can’t wait to buy some!!

    • Wendy replied: — January 18th, 2011 @ 1:51 PM

      Natalie I asked someone who was a former vegan to try it and she raved about it. Took my leftovers to use for her breakfast the next morning. I hope you enjoy it!

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    LIsa — January 18, 2011 @ 7:50 PM

    Very cool. I would have never thought that mushrooms could be a substitute for bacon.

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    Tiffany — January 19, 2011 @ 2:52 PM

    Great idea! I roasted beet strips until they were all crunchy and called them ‘bacon’ on a salad that I recently made! I love these faux-bacon ideas! :)

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    sippitysup — January 20, 2011 @ 6:16 PM

    Very clever. While I would never use the phrase substitute for bacon. I am fine calling this an alternative to bacon ;0 GREG

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