Potato Bacon

The most annoying comment I get about veganism is by far “BUT BACON”. As if the taste of fried pig carcass should be more important than a sentient beings life, especially to a vegan. *major eye roll* The good news is that, just like I have stated a billion times before, there is a cruelty free option to everything, even bacon! I’ve tried a lot of them, but this potato bacon is definitely the closest in resemblance; and it’s so easy! It is flavorful, crispy, and chewy, just like the bacon you grew up eating, but without the cholesterol, torture, and slaughter!

If you don’t have a mandoline, I highly suggest getting one. I got this one from Walmart for under $10 and it makes this recipe so easy! I’ve made it before with a knife and just cutting really thin slices, but I wasted a lot and it took forever to get enough slices that were thin enough and evenly sliced. It can done, but it saved so much headache if you just use a mandoline slicer on the thin slice setting.

This recipe is good for about 30 thin slices of potato, or 2 medium potatoes. Once you slice your potatoes, you just marinate them in the rest of the ingredients for 20 minutes. You can use a zip lock bag or some tupperware, but you will want to mix/shake it around a couple times within the 20 minutes it is marinating to assure all the potatoes are able to soak up some of the marinade. This is crucial in making the potatoes taste delicious, but also to get the right chewy, but crispy, texture.

While the potatoes are soaking, preheat the oven to 375°F and lay parchment paper on 2 medium baking sheets. Once the potatoes are finished marinating, lay them flat on the parchment paper; close together, but not touching. Pour all the extra marinade over the potatoes. Then, put them in the preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes.

Take the potato bacon out of the oven, turn it down to 350°,and flip the slices of potato over. Return to the oven and continue to cook for about 15-20 minutes, depending on how you like your bacon. Closer to 15 minutes for chewier bacon, and closer to 20 for crisper bacon. Remove from the oven, let cool for about 5 minutes, then serve and ENJOY

! I love these for B P.L.T’s, so you can see from the next picture.

Potato Bacon

Servings: 6-8
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 35-40 minutes

  • ~ 2 medium russet potatoes (30 thin slices)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  1. Slice the potatoes thinly, using a mandoline if you have one.
  2. Add the sliced potatoes and rest of the ingredients into an air tight container and let marinate for 20 minutes, shaking a few times during to assure all the potatoes are well soaked.
  3. While the potatoes are soaking, preheat the oven to 375°F and lay down parchment paper on 2 medium baking sheets.
  4. Lay the soaked potato slices flat on the parchment paper/baking sheets and bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove the potato bacon from the oven, turn down the heat to 350°F flip them, then return to the oven and continue baking for 15-20 minutes, depending how crispy you like your bacon.
  6. Let cool for 5 minutes, then serve however you like!


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