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Okay, this delves into the little bit crazy category. But you know what? These babies taste so good and they are extremely hearty and thick, so they hold together very, very well. One really amazing thing about these is that my very-much-not-a-vegetarian husband took a bite and said, and I quote, “You have a winner here!” Oh my gosh, I almost fell over. I also had a few open-minded omni friends over one night and they agreed. The consensus was that they taste almost exactly like a Carl’s Jr. Western Bacon Cheeseburger.
Serving Suggestion: I suggest these be served with a dollop of barbecue sauce and a few onion rings, with some baked beans on the side.
1 cup (100 g) TVP granules
1 scant cup (225 ml) vegetable broth
1/4 cup (25 g) imitation bacon bits, store-bought or homemade (page XX)
1 cup (144 g) vital wheat gluten flour
1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/2 cup (60 g) nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon (8 g) garlic powder
1 tablespoon (8 g) onion powder
1/4 cup (64 g) peanut butter
1/4 cup (60 ml) pure maple syrup
1/4 cup (60 ml) vegetable oil
1/4 cup (68 g) barbecue sauce, store-bought or homemade (see below)
Salt and pepper
Oil, for frying (optional)
In a large microwave-safe bowl, mix together the TVP granules and the broth, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and cook in the microwave oven for 5 to 6 minutes. Alternatively, bring the broth to a boil, pour over the TVP granules, cover, and let sit for 10 minutes. Let cool.
Add the bacon bits, flour, liquid smoke, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, peanut butter, maple syrup, oil, barbecue sauce, and salt and pepper to taste to the bowl. Knead together for at least 5 minutes, then let sit for a few minutes to thicken up.
Form into 4 patties. Refrigerate or freeze until ready to use.
Use your method of choice for cooking: Panfry in oil for 3 to 5 minutes per side over medium high heat, or until a nice crispy crust forms. Or bake them at 350 (180 C, or gas mark 4) on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone baking mat, uncovered, for 30 minutes, flipping half way through. Also, these are very sturdy and hold up just fine on the grill.
Yield: 4 burgers
Imitation Bacon Bits
I love a challenge, so when asked about the hydrogenated fats in imitation bacon bits, I started on a quest. I normally don’t buy premade meat analogs anyway, so why not figure out how to make these little bits of bacon-y goodness on my own? Of course, buying a jar of Bac-Os is still the easiest. But, if you are a smidge adventurous, try this.
2 tablespoons (30 ml) liquid smoke
1 scant cup (205 ml) water
1 cup (100 g) TVP granules
1/4 teaspoon salt
A few drops vegan red food coloring (optional)
3 tablespoons (45 ml) canola or other vegetable oil
To a measuring cup, add the liquid smoke, then fill with the water to get 1 cup (235 ml).
In a microwave-safe dish, combine the liquid smoke mixture, TVP granules, salt, and food coloring, if using. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and cook in the microwave oven for 5 to 6 minutes. Alternatively, bring the water to a boil, pour over the TVP granules mixed with the salt, mix in the liquid smoke, and red food coloring if using, cover, and let sit for 10 minutes.
Preheat a frying pan with the oil.
Add the reconstituted TVP to the pan and toss to make sure it all gets coated with oil.
Panfry until desired crispness. Stir often. You don’t necessarily want to brown them, but rather dry them out, about 10 minutes.
Allow to cool completely before transferring to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator. Should last at least a week, but probably much longer.
Yield: About 1 cup (100 g)