I think I might just have accidentally invented vegan rice paper bacon bits ! I say accidentally because I was just trying to make the already famous vegan rice paper bacon recipe by changing some ingredients and avoiding the soaking and coating steps and I ended up with a disastrous ball of rice paper dough after trying to attempt the rice paper bits. So, instead of throwing away the whole thing, I attempted rescuing the vegan rice paper bacon bits recipe by doing what I explain you below and the result is sensational!
The vegan rice paper bacon bits are crunchy and tasty, somehow reminds me of twiglets but with a much nice taste. I will store these in a sealable glass jar and use them in salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes (vegan carbonara pasta anyone?) and more.
So here is what I did. First of all I took my 3-4 sheets of rice paper and grabbed my kitchen scissors to cut 1-2 cm long irregular shapes, don’t worry to much about being precise: as I said the vegan rice paper bacon bits will first need to be cooked to become a ball of sticky stuff first.
I added the piece of rice paper into a bowl and poured in the other ingredients:
3-4 sheets of rice paper (or more if you like!)
2 teaspoons of brown soft sugar
2 teaspoons of garlic salt (or garlic powder + salt)
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon of vegemite (or marmite) diluted in half cup of warm water + the following
1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
1 tablespoon smokey bbq sauce
1 drop of liquid smoke ( I use NZ brand Angel Food liquid smoke which is very concentrated, only one drop is more than enough)
1 tablespoon shredded coconut
Mix well without need to soak in water, as you already have the liquids added above.
I proceeded with adding a little bit of organic olive oil in a non stick pan and cooked on medium heat for about 10 minutes so that the rice paper absorbs all the flavours and becomes a sticky ball like this one:
At this point, I sat and cried and cursed the whole rice paper producers in the world.
Ha ha! Just kidding. I just took my kitchen scissors and made maaaany little bits like these. I used foil as I didn’t have any baking paper but I would suggest using this latest one if you can. Foil worked fine but just a couple of the bits got stuck to it. Just avoid the extra work if you can .
I pre-heated the oven at 180 c and proceeded with baking for about 10 minutes first at 180 c with fan oven setting then lowered the temperature to 160 c and left the oven door slightly open for the last two minutes. After cooling the texture will become nice a crunchy, and it will be difficult to resist the temptation of munching on these yummy rice paper vegan bits all in one go!
Let cool down for at least 10 minutes first, then eat or store in the fridge for up to a week.
Enjoy! I always appreciate hearing from you so feel free to leave a comment or contact me firstname.lastname@example.org