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How to Make Vegan Shiitake "Bacon" // Homegrown Provisions

How to Make Vegan Shiitake “Bacon”

  • Author: Shannon
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes (10 minutes hands-on time)
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: ~ 1/2 cup

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Ingredients

  • 8 oz (0.5 lb) fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems trimmed and thinly sliced (into about 1/4″ thick strips)* 
  • 2 tbsp low-sodium tamari
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp liquid smoke (optional)

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the tamari, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, maple syrup, olive oil, smoked paprika, garlic powder and liquid smoke (if using).
  3. Place the mushrooms in a medium-sized bowl and pour the sauce over the top of the mushrooms. Gently stir to coat and marinate the mushrooms for 15-20 minutes at room temperature.
  4. Once marinated, spoon the mushrooms onto the parchment-lined baking sheet; reserve any leftover sauce for later/set aside. Gently spread the mushrooms in an even layer. 
  5. Bake the mushrooms for 35 minutes. After the first 10 minutes, use a spatula to turn/flip the mushrooms. Then bake the mushrooms for another 5 minutes. Turn/flip them again and spoon any remaining sauce over the top; rotate the baking tray.
  6. Bake the mushrooms for an additional 20 minutes (turning/flipping every 5 minutes or so) until they are browned and crisp around the edges, but still a bit chewy in the center.
  7. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow the mushrooms to fully cool (about 10 minutes; they will crisp up a bit more as they cool). Enjoy!

Notes

  • *Prior to slicing your shiitakes, wipe them clean with a damp cloth removing any visible dirt; remove stems where they meet the cap.
  • Double the recipe if you plan on using this vegan shiitake “bacon” for sandwiches!
  • For crispier “bacon,” you can bake your shiitakes for an additional 5 minutes or so; keep a close eye on them!