Recipe Directions

In the bowl of your food processor, grind the zucchini or eggplant, date, and nuts until a paste forms, about 5 minutes.

Add the liquid smoke and black pepper and process briefly.

In a coffee grinder or spice mill, grind the mustard, fennel, red pepper, garlic powder, and paprika until a homogeneous powder forms.

Add to the mixture, along with the red pepper, and process the entire mixture until nearly smooth – there will be very small flecks of the almonds left. Let sit in the fridge, tightly covered overnight (to allow flavours to meld).

Either form into rolls or slices about 1 inch in diameter and either use immediately or dehydrate until the desired level of dryness is reached.

Poemomm's Thoughts

By poemomm

This recipe makes something very similar to a Hormel pepperoni (the sliced kind you can buy in the store )and makes a great Pepperoni Pizza.

This recipe makes quite a bit (a full pound) of the stuff, so you may want to reduce quantities.

One other thing: Keep in mind that dehydrating it for too long will give you a cracker, instead of a pepperoni. Keep checking the recipe until you get the consistency you like. For pizza, I shape the pepperoni and place them directly on the pizza, since I’ll be dehydrating it already.

For a change, you can roll this into long sticks of ‘jerky’ for a snack food.

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I just made up a batch of this. It taste delicious, but unfortunately it is not a paste, more of a liquid. I have it in the fridge now to "meld the flavors together" and I'm hoping it will magically turn into a paste. I used up all my nuts trying to make it thicker. : / Not sure where I went wrong. Any ideas on how to make it thicker without using nuts?

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Here's a conversion chart (volume vs. weight) that includes almonds and zucchini: http://www.veg-world.com/articles/cups.htm. There are 16 ounces in a pound.

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I apologize for this question. I don't have a scale. How much would 1/2 pound of zucchini be? (1 med. 2 med.?) Also for the almonds, would 1 cup measured equal the 1/2 pound?

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Chipotle is also quite smoky. Not raw, but spicy and as Poemomm says, to be considered a flavor additive in small quantities.

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Braggs Liquid Aminos has a similar taste to liquid smoke.

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looks amazing! its great you're kids can eat this at school without feeling humiliated, kids can be so mean! one day when i have raw food children they're gonna eat this too!

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This looks marvelous.

BTW: ground cumin seed makes a wonderful replacement for liquid smoke and actually has cancer-prevention properties.

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yacon syrup! I'll have to get some of that

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Poemomm, you are a raw saint! I haven't even dehydrated mine yet (or waited overnight), but the flavor in this is amazing! It has been years since I had pepperoni, and I never imagined I'd be able to enjoy it again! Thank you for giving us this fantastic recipe, it's like a guilt-free time machine to my childhood favorite!

For non-liquid-smokers: I used yacon syrup instead of the date, as it kind of has that bitter, burnt flavor. It turned out great! But because I haven't tried it with the smoke, I can't say whether it is an accurate substitute.

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Renoir, let me know if you try it eith mesquite powder - I haven't ever tried it for anything yet.

I made this with only half the liquid smoke, but I would like to try it without it, if the flavor will be good.

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might be. Don't really know.

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do you think mesquite powder would be a good substitute for liquid smoke?

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Wow! Thanks!

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You should make your own book of recipes! these are all awesome!

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Oh, I'm in love! Thank you!!!!!

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thank you!

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jeshuabrown- i belive liquid smoke is also known as colgin, and while not raw, it is vegan (at least my bottle of it says it is). i use it very seldomly so I'm not too concerned about it, and you usually only need a very small amount to flavor a dish. but of couse, depending on how strict you are with your diet. it does do wonders though for meat substitutes. I probably use it 3 times a year, so i don't think it's going to do much damage to me

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*jackiev* I'd use half of a large eggplant (peel it first) and about 2 c of almonds.

*jeshuabrown* Love the name.

Liquid smoke is evil, to be perfectly blunt, and I wouldn't recommend it for hard-core raw foodists (feel free to leave it out). I'm not a hard-corer (I eat cooked food, on occasion) and feel it's an allowable compromise ONCE IN A WHILE, since most of my diet consists of very unprocessed raw food.

Liquid smoke, to be exact, is smoke that condenses on a funnel and is then collected. It's literally liquid-smoke. Carcenogenic, for sure, :-

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So, what exactly is liquid smoke? It sounds terrifying! Can you tell us the ingredients?

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poemomm - your recipes are just too amazing!! you even got me craving pepperoni! i was just wondering, about how much eggplant and almonds are a half a pound? half a large eggplant and a cup or two of almonds?

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