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A question about a recipe: Parmesan baked eggs over bacon, mushroom, leek, and arugula hash

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One of my guests is a vegetarian. Any suggestions on building up flavor in the sad absence of bacon?

asked by missb503 over 4 years ago
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SKK
added over 4 years ago

Think of bacon as fat with a smoky flavor. For the texture add more mushrooms. Add some liquid smoke. And you can never have too much cheese!

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inpatskitchen

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added over 4 years ago

I'm a firm believer in ground fennel seed for meaty flavor...maybe 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon.. and more mushrooms for sure!!

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added over 4 years ago

Try scissoring dry nori seaweed into strips, fry in your favorite shorting until crisp,
I use EV coconut oil or Ghee, adds a delightful crispy flavor, not unlike bacon,

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added over 4 years ago

With all those big, savory flavors -- mushroom and cheese in particular -- I am not sure it needs a lot of doctoring. Maybe some extra mushrooms, sure.

Brown the mushrooms well, use good proper parmigiano or the like, and don't hold back on salt and pepper, and you should be in business. I'd probably add a well-caramelized onion to the mix for fun.

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added over 4 years ago

Mushroom, mushroom and mushroom! For more intense flavor, use re-hydrated dried mushroom. Also, try using a mix of mushroom as well.

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amysarah

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added over 4 years ago

I agree there are plenty of big flavors here without the bacon - but if you want to replace its smokey flavor, you could add some smoked paprika (goes well with mushrooms, etc.) or some grated smoked mozzarella along with the parmesan.

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added over 4 years ago

Thank you so much for these ideas! A lot of inspiration to add to my pantry. I realize that I have shitake mushrooms, so that will definitely make this delicious.

One question: I have some fresh oregano and thyme. Any thoughts on whether either or both would enhance or detract? At what point in the cooking process should I add them? Thanks everyone!

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Reiney

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added over 4 years ago

Thyme & mushroom is a natural combination - Add some when you start to sautée the mushrooms, as it's woody enough it can take a longer cooking time.

I was going to jump in with the smoked paprika idea as mentioned by amysarah above - if you were to use this make sure to toast the spice for 30 seconds or so before taking off the heat.

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added over 4 years ago

Speaking as an 'old' vegetarian, the flavors are in the food! No bacon needed, and the comments above are good.

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HalfPint

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added over 4 years ago

Try finishing the dish with some smoked salt.

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added over 4 years ago

a little late to the game here--but i often use sun-dried tomatoes instead of bacon and prosciutto when cooking for vegetarians. they give that savory, chewy bite that i associate with salty pork products!

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added over 4 years ago

I would use smoked paprika and add more mushrooms.