Bacon is popular pork specialty around the world. As a vegetarian, I find myself discovering new ways to recreate this carnivore classic. And in my quest, I found various ways to make facon involving some of my favorite herbs and vegetables.
As a foodie, I am always in the kitchen. Whether it is trying a new recipe that I found on Yahoo! Shine or simply creating my own. In this case, I decided to create and try a new facon recipe.
For this facon recipe, you will need the following ingredients:
1 Cup of Dried Adzuki Beans (You can also use soy beans and/or mung beans)
1 Cup of Raw Buckwheat Groats
3 Tbsp of Coconut Oil
3 Tbsp of Grade B Maple Syrup
2 Tbsp of Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp of Nutritional Yeast
2 Tbsp of Garlic Powder
2 Tbsp of Onion Powder
2 Tbsp of Paprika
2 Tbsp of Black Pepper
2 Tbsp of Kosher Salt
2 Tbsp of Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp of Tomato Paste
1 Tbsp of Dry Mustard
1 Tbsp of Molasses
1 Tbsp of Apple Cider
First and foremost, it is key to soak the Adzuki beans with the Buckwheat groats in the same bowl. You don’t need to season water, as fresh water works perfectly. The key is soaking them until they become relatively soft, but not mushy. Soak for 3-4 hours.
Once the beans and the groats have soaked, you want to drain them. It is key to make sure they are fully drained because the water will create a lot of mush (which is what you want to avoid).
As you continue, you want to add and combine all of your ingredients that are remaining into the same bowl with the Adzuki beans and Buckwheat groats. Blend until it forms a paste-like consistency. The texture should not be slimy nor should it be mushy.
Preheat the oven to 350F degrees.
In order to create amazing Facon, it is key to use a flat pan. If you don’t have one, use a baking sheet or a pan that has somewhat of a flatter service. You will also need baking paper and before you apply your mixture, you are going to want to add a little more oil. For this particular recipe, I love using coconut oil.
Now you are going to want to start spreading the entire mixture out onto the flat pan. You want to spread it out thin. After you are done spreading this all out, you want to bake for 15 minutes. It is important to check sporadically. You want the top to be dry and/or brown, but not burnt.
Are you having fun yet? Once 15 minutes have lapsed, you want to cool for about 15-20 minutes. As you continue, it is important to remove the pan from the baking paper and lay on a flat surface. When I created my facon, I chopped it into 20 pieces, however; some people like to cut more and sometimes even less.
Congratulations! Your facon is done. And although it is done, it will still be a little soft. This is normal. You will want to take your pieces and put them in an airtight container and put them in the fridge or freezer. I like to take half of the facon and store it in the freezer, with the other half remaining in the fridge.