Introduction: Faux Bacon Fail?
an experiment to make faux bacon failed as bacon but was a success as a smokey crunchy snack
Step 1: WHY?
Why attempt to make faux bacon? Several reasons actually, my sister who is an accomplised cook and pastry chef was discussing a meal that had bacon but one of her guests was allergic to bacon (how horrible is THAT?) and she wanted something to replace the smokey taste and the crunch. For my own purposes, I need to cut back on my sodium intact to help keep my blood pressure down, it's more difficult than it sounds because salt like fat is FLAVOR or at least enhances flavors
Step 2: Preperation
Here's what I used
a chunk of unsalted butter
1/8 teaspn cumin
1/2 teaspn paprika
1/2 teaspn liquid smoke (hickory flavor)
small flour tortilla
Step 3: Compound Butter
compound butter is just a high faluten cooking term that means mixing stuff into your butter (try strawberry jam mixed in softened butter for english muffins!)
the pics tell the story but, cut off a chunk of butter (about a teaspoon) sprinkle on the cumin, paprika and liquid smoke then mix it all together until a uniform color
Step 4: Slather
now take your softened compound butter and spread it on BOTH sides of the tortilla and pop it in a 350f oven ( I laid it right on the rack) until nicely brown and crispy
Step 5: Next Time
as the title says this was a fail as a faux bacon, however, I did eat the whole thing while considering how to change it and it was definately smokey and crunchy although a little salt would help. Next time and there will be a next time I'm going to use a corn tortilla and probably add a little heat, possibly pan fry
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