Actually I didn't love bacon so much that it really bothered me when I went vegetarian over 20 years ago but I did miss it occasionally. Then I discovered that it is not the pig flesh (or the bone or bristles) that I missed but the smoky flavour. Enter smoked paprika, liquid smoke, smoked salt and lots of vegetarian bacon.
beans and buckwheat, coconut, tofu, tempeh and eggplant. Of these my favourite is tofu facon. I make it often. Here are 20 facon recipes (in 2 lists) for vegetarians and vegans in Bacon Week.
10 Innovative facon recipes
I love trying unusual recipes with facon (and might I suggest they would work fine with regular bacon). And yes, you can experiment with vegetarian bacon with chocolate!
10 common recipes with vegetarian bacon
These recipes are ones commonly pop up online and in cookbooks. Some of these are my childhood comfort foods. I have found that they work brilliantly with vegetarian bacon so there is never any need to miss meat.
Bacon, avocado and tomato sandwich (v)
Breakfast burritos (v)
Caesar salad (v)
Cheese, bacon and spinach muffins
Chickpea pilaf (gf, v)
Creamy potato salad (gf, v)
Fried rice (gf, v)
Macaroni cheese with peas and bacon
Vegetable quiche (v)
gf = gluten free, v = vegan