Shiitake Bacon

It's about time for a healthy alternative to pork bacon, and we've got just the recipe. It starts with shiitake mushrooms, which are packed with savory, meaty flavor called umami. When the caps are tossed in brown sugar and olive oil and roasted, they caramelize and become extra crispy (reminiscent of bacon). A smattering of spices—chili powder, cumin, and cayenne—add even more savory flavor. Try sprinkling your “bacon” over sunny side up eggs or on avocado toast. Think: veggie BLT’s, or Cobb salad that packs less cholesterol. One of the best parts? Your entire kitchen won’t be spattered in grease.

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  • Makes 4 (serving size: ⅓ cup)
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    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    • Calories 107.75 calories
    • Fat 7.25 g
    • Cholesterol 0 mg
    • Sodium 516.39 mg
    • Protein 1.35 g
    • Carbohydrate 10.86 g
    • Sugar 7.96 g
    • Fiber 1.77 g
    • Iron 0.61 mg
    • Calcium 13.61 mg
It's about time for a healthy alternative to pork bacon, and we've got just the recipe. It starts with shiitake mushrooms, which are packed with savory, meaty flavor called umami. When the caps are tossed in brown sugar and olive oil and roasted, they caramelize and become extra crispy (reminiscent of bacon). A smattering of spices—chili powder, cumin, and cayenne—add even more savory flavor. Try sprinkling your “bacon” over sunny side up eggs or on avocado toast. Think: veggie BLT’s, or Cobb salad that packs less cholesterol. One of the best parts? Your entire kitchen won’t be spattered in grease.

Ingredients

  1. Check 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  2. Check ½ tablespoon chili powder
  3. Check 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  4. Check 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  5. Check ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  6. Check 7 ounces shiitake mushroom caps (about 3 cups), halved
  7. Check 2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Stir together brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, salt, and cayenne. Toss together shiitakes, oil, and brown sugar mixture. Spread evenly on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet; bake in preheated oven until browned, about 40 minutes. Serve on a Cobb salad.