(not on the goodsugar menu)
- 2 large carrots
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (optional, for baking)
1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
2. Peel the carrots and slice them lengthwise into thin strips, about 1/8 inch thick. You can use a vegetable peeler or a mandoline slicer to achieve thin and even slices.
3. In a bowl, whisk together the soy sauce or tamari, maple syrup, liquid smoke, apple cider vinegar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and black pepper.
4. Place the carrot strips into the marinade and toss them until well coated. Let them marinate for about 15-20 minutes, allowing the flavors to absorb.
5. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the marinated carrot strips, reserving the remaining marinade. Cook the carrot strips for 3-4 minutes on each side until they become slightly browned and crispy. You may need to cook them in batches depending on the size of your skillet.
6. If you prefer a baked version, you can also arrange the marinated carrot strips on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush them lightly with olive oil and bake for about 15-20 minutes until they become crispy, flipping them halfway through.
7. Once the carrot bacon is cooked to your desired level of crispiness, remove them from the skillet or oven and let them cool slightly.
8. Serve the vegan carrot bacon as a topping for sandwiches, salads, or use it as a flavorful ingredient in other dishes.
Note: The cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of your carrot slices and the desired level of crispiness. Adjust the cooking time accordingly to achieve your preferred texture.
Enjoy your homemade vegan carrot bacon!