Just because a person becomes a vegetarian doesn't mean there aren't certain foods they still think about...I can't tell you how many years it's been since I've had a piece of real bacon - it's been a long time. But I used to love BLT's. When I was a kid I didn't like tomatoes so I always had bacon and lettuce. Eventually I came around on tomatoes and started adding avocado as well. There are faux bacon products out there and they aren't bad - but they aren't great. So whenever I get a craving for a good ol' BLT I turn to this recipe that is all over the internet.
1 lb firm tofu
for each frying pan batch:
2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
1 tsp. liquid smoke
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
Slice tofu into thin strips - the thinner you get it, the crispier it will be. Spray a large frying pan generously with oil and place over low-medium heat - add tofu in single layer. Let it cook for about 10 minutes. Don't mess with it - just let it cook. After they start to get browned around the edges, turn the tofu pieces over and let them cook on the other side for about 10 minutes.
While the tofu is cooking mix together the soy sauce and liquid smoke. Once the tofu is browned and crispy, remove from the heat and toss in the soy sauce mixture. Once everything is coated add in the nutritional yeast (you may not need all of it). Keep tossing until all the pieces are coated. That's it. I tend to cook mine in two or three batches and have found that the 2 tablespoons soy sauce isn't enough for a whole pound of tofu. So make more accordingly for your own taste.
This recipe can be gluten-free if you use a GF nutritional yeast and a wheat-free tamari.
I'm not saying that the average person off the street would think this tastes exactly like bacon....but it makes an awesome BLT for those of us for whom bacon is but a distant memory!