1 large eggplant
¾ cup olive oil
¾ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon cayenne
2 tablespoons agave nectar or raw honey
4 tablespoons plum vinegar
Salt to taste (optional)
1. Thinly slice eggplant lengthwise. When slicing your eggplant, think about how bacon strips look. I use an old cheese slicer and mine turns out great. You could probably accomplish this with a vegetable peeler too. Alternately, you could make "round" bacon by slicing the other way.
2. Mix all remaining ingredients to make the marinade.
3. Marinate eggplant strips for 2 hours.
4. Variation: I dehydrated some ground pine nuts to make a pine nut spread and spread it on to the bacon. This gives a unique taste to the bacon.
5. Place eggplant strips on dehydrator sheets. Salt eggplant strips (optional) and dehydrate for 9 hours around 110 Fahrenheit.
6. Turn strips over and dehydrate another 9 hours. I actually dehydrated mine longer. You can judge for yourself if you want them even crisper. They will still have an “oiliness” to them even after dehydrated. If you don’t want this, then you can put less oil in the marinade or “blot” your bacon after it comes out of the dehydrator.
Yes, you read the recipe name right--it is Raw Bac-un (Bacon)! I modified this recipe from one I got from the SAD TO RAW website.
When I make this for raw potlucks, people are always buzzing about it and asking me for the recipe.
I subbed agave for honey to make it vegan. The original recipe called for 1 full teaspoon of cayenne! I made it that way the first time and it was way too hot for me, so I modified it to have a lot less cayenne and it turned out wonderfully (and it actually looks like real bacon)!
Note: This recipe is for home use only. My boyfriend and I sell this for our raw food home business so this is not for commercial sale or use!
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