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Eggplant bacon strips & guac

Eggplant bacon is such a fun, creative, relatively easy dish to make and eat, and the smokey flavor lends itself to a bacon-y vibe. The texture is crisp, and chewy in all the right places like bacon, minus the saturated fat, and animal cruelty. 

The thing to pay attention to in preparing this is getting your eggplant slices uniformly sliced. Thin enough to achieve crispness, but not enough to burn. 

WHAT YOU NEED:

-1 avocado

-1 lime

-2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce

-2 tbsp maple syrup

-1 tbsp tahini (or extra virgin olive oil)

-1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

-2 tsp liquid smoke

-2 tsp smoke paprika

-1/2 tsp ground cumin

-1/8 tsp ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 250

Slice eggplant in half, and cut strips lengthwise starting at the widest points or the inside working out. Make sure your slices are even and uniform

Put strips in spice blend and marinate for 20 min

Bake for 45 min on each side. Let cool

For the guacamole, mash up an avocado, add lime juice, cumin, and pepper. Top cooled bacon slices with that and some fresh tomatoes, and you're good to go!

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Whitney Scott