As some of you may know, if you're still following along, this month is known to vegan bloggers everywhere as "Vegan MoFo" or Vegan Month of Food Blogging. Hundreds of bloggers from all over the world are posting their recipes, ideas and reviews. There are "Iron Chef" contests, Instagram photos, recaps and fun giveaways. While I'm mainly signed up to give myself the needed inspiration to blog more regularly, I DO like reading what other bloggers are cooking up. And sometimes I even enter the contests..
Let me explain.
I grew up in a vegetarian home.
I've always cooked vegan or vegetarian. I don't think I've ever even SEEN someone cook bacon in real life!
The very words "Bacon" and "Grease" horrified me a little (I'm not exactly sure why, when I am perfectly happy embracing every other faux-meat product on the market). I guess I really wasn't sure what one DID with ....bacon grease? I thought the idea was to drain all that meat-fat-stuff OUT of the pan? But what do I know?
Well, according to my blogger-friend Bianca, whom I trust for all things Vegan and Southern, "Down South, people save their bacon grease. And they cook with it over and over and over." Seriously? Alrighty then...
So, what to do with this mysterious jar of VEGAN bacon grease? It occurred to me: Google what people did with the REAL stuff....
Well OF COURSE! That makes perfect sense now, and with my love of all things American-Southern, I have NO idea why this was such a foreign idea to me.
|MAGIC VEGAN BACON GRAVY!!|
Made from coconut oil, soy protein, spices, hickory and maple flavors, you don't need a lot, but it adds a great flavor to gravy or whatever you decide to use it on.
As you can almost see in the picture, I also sauteed some onions and Hungarian sweet peppers in the bacony magic. Also epic, and worth repeating over and over. I admit I was a skeptic, but now I'm SUPER excited by this new addition to my vegan arsenal.
If you'd like to try this deliciousness, and if, like me, you live in a vegan wasteland where new products never manage to make it within 75 miles, let me assure you, you can order this online. That's what I'll be doing. Soon!
This is a nice, basic, brown gravy. I didn't want the bacon flavor to overpower the other parts of the meal, and it didn't, a perfect balance of with a bit of bacon-sweet-salty-smokiness, it will go GREAT with your dinner-time loaves, burgers, roasts, etc.
- 2 Tbsp. Magic Vegan Bacon Grease
- 1 medium onion, minced
- 4 Tbsp. flour
- 2 cups water
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp strong coffee (made from instant or the dregs left in the pot are fine)
- 1 tsp white or red wine vinegar
- 1 cup unsweetened plant milk
- salt, pepper, sage to taste
Watch carefully and stir with whisk to keep from sticking, cook until onion starts to brown and is translucent.
|Serve over everything!|
Add water gradually, stirring to keep things smooth. Turn heat back to medium-high and add soy sauce, coffee and vinegar. Let gravy come to a boil and turn down to barely a simmer.
Add plant milk and slowly simmer for 5 minutes until thick. Add water if needed. Season to taste with salt, pepper and a pinch of sage if desired.
Serve over anything!