Carrot Bacon Is the Vegan Side Dish of Your Dreams

Maybe you don’t eat meat. Or maybe you’re just cutting back on calories. In any case, you should never be deprived of bacon. So we found the solution.

Introducing carrot bacon. This vegan side dish is a total game changer. We first saw it on food blog Miss Marzipan, and we’re officially hooked. Here’s how to make it at home.

What you need: For two servings, you'll need a large carrot, 1 tablespoon olive oil, a dash of ground sweet paprika and sea salt.

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Step 2: Use a veggie peeler to cut the carrot into thin, bacon-like slices.

Step 3: In a medium bowl, coat the carrot strips in olive oil.

Step 4: Add the carrot slices to the bowl and mix until fully coated.

Step 5: Place the carrots on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, making sure the strips don't overlap.

Step 6: Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, then flip the strips over and cook for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, checking periodically to make sure they are cooking evenly. If you like them extra crispy, turn the oven down to 300°F and cook for an additional 10 minutes.

Step 7: Season the carrot bacon with paprika and salt, to taste. 

The result? Salty-sweet, crunchy-chewy “bacon.” (But it’s good for you, so have seconds.)

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