I never liked bacon when I ate meat. The white fatty parts grossed me out. But when I went vegetarian, I started using veg bacon for flavoring in things like soups and dips. Of course, Morningstar Farms veg bacon isn't vegan, and I haven't been motivated to look for vegan bacon. But I was curious to try the Caesar Salad with Eggplant Bacon and Caesar Chavez Dressing in Appetite for Reduction.Tonight I made it as a side for dinner, but it ended up being the main course when I couldn't stop eating it and devoured an entire eggplant and head of romaine lettuce on my own. It's AWESOME. The eggplant is smoky and salty and goes wonderfully with the salty/creamy/cool dressing, which I'd made earlier in the week. Does it taste like real bacon? It's been so long since I had real bacon that I have no clue. But I do know it's absolutely delicious. Someone posted the recipe for the eggplant bacon here. Enjoy! Note that I peeled my eggplant, which the recipe doesn't call for. Also note that it serves 4, and I ate it all on my own. It's so addictive! I'll make this often and eat it on salads, sandwiches, in tofu scrambles, or just as a snack.
I've loved everything I've made in Appetite for Reduction, but this recipe is my favorite so far. These photos don't do it justice!