Waffle maker tofu bacon? Once you try, you will be a believer!
It is safe to say that bacon is banned if you are following a vegan or plant-based diet. That’s a shame, because bacon is delicious. There is something about the sweet, salty, and ultra-savory taste of bacon that just makes everything taste better! Not to mention, it’s pretty much impossible to make a classic BLT without it. Vegan bacon alternatives never quite hit the mark until we realized you can make tofu bacon in the waffle iron. It’s the perfect way to enjoy a vegan BLT sandwich that hits all the notes that make the original sandwich shine.
This recipe doesn’t require a lot of advance planning either. The waffle iron tofu bacon only needs to marinate for a few minutes and you don’t have to squeeze all of the water out of the tofu either. Just give the tofu a light press, combine the ingredients, light the waffle iron and get ready to enjoy your new favorite sandwich.
The ultimate vegan bacon replacement
It might sound strange to make tofu bacon in the waffle iron, but it totally works. Unlike other tofu and bacon cooking methods, the waffle iron perfectly squeezes out the excess water in the tofu. This can make it crispy more effectively, just like real bacon!
(Would you like to try making your own tofu at home? We’ll show you how!)
It’s important to start with a firm or extra firm tofu and cut the block into 1/2-inch pieces. Thicker and the bacon won’t get crispy. Thinner slices tend to burn when exposed to the heat of the waffle iron. Hence, 1/2-inch is perfect. After about four to five minutes in the waffle iron, the tofu should be golden brown and crispy. However, every waffle iron is different. So if it’s not quite there, keep cooking it in 1-2 minute increments until it’s the crispness you want.
While the waffle iron is key to adding the right texture to the tofu, the marinade is where the magic really happens. We combine salty, hearty soy sauce with sweet maple syrup and smoky paprika, cumin and coriander. The tofu absorbs all of these flavors, resulting in a product that tastes pretty similar to real bacon.
Build your vegan BLT sandwich
When the bacon is done cooking, it’s time to build this vegan BLT sandwich. Grab a few slices of whole wheat bread (or get your favorite gluten-free bread if you prefer). We like to toast our bread for a short minute to give it a slightly caramelized taste and a crispy texture. However, you can skip this step if you prefer a softer bread for your BLT. Then place the vegan mayonnaise, the waffle iron tofu bacon, the tomato slices and the salad on top.
There are several vegan mayonnaise options in the grocery store, but you can make your own too Plant-based mayonnaise. Our recipe uses an avocado combined with olive oil, soy milk, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and a little salt. It’s so easy to make and can be kept in the refrigerator for up to a week!
- 8th Ounces firm tofu
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce or Tamari
- 1 tablespoon Maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked peppers
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- Pinch of kosher salt
- 4th Wholemeal bread slices
- 1/4 Cup vegan mayonnaise (additional recipe)
- 4-8 Tomato slices depending on the size
- 4th Iceberg lettuce leaves or romaine lettuce or butter leaf salad
To make the tofu cake, drain the tofu and cut it into 4 slices about 1/2-inch thick. Place the slices on a clean kitchen towel and cover with another towel. Gently press the towel with your hands to remove the excess water.
In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, maple syrup, paprika, cumin, coriander, and salt. Soak the tofu slices in the marinade for a minute or two.
Preheat your waffle iron on the highest setting. When the iron is hot, remove the tofu slices from the marinade and place them on the waffle iron in a single layer. Depending on the size of your waffle iron, you may need to do this step in two batches. Cover the remaining marinade and store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Gently close the waffle iron and cook the tofu for 4 to 5 minutes, until it is golden brown and no longer looks wet. Try not to open the waffle iron too often as the tofu will crisp up better with the iron fully closed. Continue cooking the tofu in 1 to 2 minute increments until it is crispy and tasty.
To assemble the sandwiches, lightly toast the bread in a toaster. Spread 1 tablespoon of vegan mayonnaise on each side of the bread. Cover one side with tofu bacon, tomato slices and lettuce leaves. Top the sandwich with the other slice of bread.
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 15th
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