Shiitake Bacon

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I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 5, and I’ve never had bacon! But, I hear this stuff is pretty close to the real thing! The first time I had it was at the Natural Gourmet Institute, and it was just so yummy! Crispy, kinda sweet, salty and lots of umami. You can’t go wrong! It’s also super easy to make and people are always impressed by it. It’s great as a snack, on soups, in sandwiches, on top of mac and cheese and anywhere else! And feel free to make a lot, they definitely shrink and go quickly.

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

What a neat bacon alternative! Shiitake mushrooms provide a deep, savory flavor that ensures you don't miss the meaty version. You also get 6 grams of fiber from this version, whereas regular bacon has none. Shiitake mushrooms are a good non-animal source of iron, which provides oxygen to cells in the body. Vegetarians and vegans can be at risk of iron deficiency (anemia), so shiitake mushrooms are a good food to include as part of a vegetarian/vegan diet. Mushrooms are one of the few foods that naturally contain vitamin D. Vitamin D is typically made when we are exposed to sunlight, but is also present in a few foods. While all of vitamin D's roles are still being studied, evidence has shown that vitamin D is crucial for calcium absorption, leading to strong bones & teeth. Vitamin D also plays a role in our immune system, helping to fight infection. Several studies, mostly using shiitake extract, have discovered that shiitake mushrooms have both an anti-microbial and anti-viral effect (helping out our immune system!). Try using shiitake mushrooms in your everyday recipes, such as stir-fry or quesadillas.

By Alex Lane MS, RDN/LD

Shiitake Bacon

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Servings: 2

Ingredients

2 cups shiitake mushrooms (thinly sliced)
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt (to taste)

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Thinly slice the shiitake mushrooms
3. Coat with olive oil and sprinkle with salt
4. Place on a baking sheet in a single layer – make sure not to crowd them.
5. Bake for 10-15 minutes (cooking time will vary depending on how thin the mushrooms are sliced).
6. Remove from the oven and flip, baking another 10 minutes until the mushrooms are crispy. Feel free to cook to your personal taste. I like mine a little less well done, other people like them on the verge of being burnt.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees 2. Thinly slice the shiitake mushrooms 3. Coat with olive oil and sprinkle with salt 4. Place on a baking sheet in a single layer – make sure not to crowd them. 5. Bake for 10-15 minutes (cooking time will vary depending on how thin the mushrooms are sliced). 6. Remove from the oven and flip, baking another 10 minutes until the mushrooms are crispy. Feel free to cook to your personal taste. I like mine a little less well done, other people like them on the verge of being burnt.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 137; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 98mg; Potassium: 680mg; Carbohydrate: 15g; Fiber: 6g; Sugar: 0g; Protein: 5g


Nutrition Bonus:   Iron: 5%

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2 thoughts on “Shiitake Bacon

  1. Collegeceliackc

    I made a batch of this bacon yesterday and used it to top my shepard’s pie tonight – delicious! I love how caramelized the mushrooms turned out, not to mention how easy this recipe was to make. The only changes I made were turning up the heat to 375 F in the last 10 minutes and cooking for 10 minutes longer in order to get my (admittedly somewhat fat) mushrooms a little crispier.

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    1. Samantha Elkrief Post author

      Hey there! Thanks for trying the recipe! I’m glad you liked it 🙂 I’m glad you made the changes when you baked them. Cooking time will change depending on how thick you cut them and how crunchy you like them. My boyfriend has started making these every week (obsessed a bit!) and he liked to cook them until they are just a bit burned. I like mine a little lighter. I’ve also started adding tamari or gluten free soy sauce to these and it adds a great flavor!

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