Appetizers

August 26, 2021

Tofu Bacon Topped Figs

Tofu Bacon Topped Figs are the ultimate party appetizer or fancy snack. These bite-sized snacks are sticky, sweet, salty, smoky - all the flavors!

Tofu Bacon Topped Figs

Tofu bacon. Let's talk about it. No, it's definitely not real bacon, but it's salty and smoky and crispy like real bacon is. It makes the perfect topping for figs. The bacon is salty and the figs are sweet. Such a delicious combo.

I love how these lil apps are so cute and bite-sized. They are great if you want some delicious finger food. But you can also eat several as a side for a meal. The tofu has plenty of protein, so they're super filling.

These Tofu Bacon Topped Figs are super easy to make too. All you have to do is cook up the tofu bacon, then cook the figs in that same pan. Place a strip of bacon on each fig and you're done!

Recipe Features

  • Dietary needs — this recipe is dairy-free, plant-based, oil-free, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free
  • Delicious appetizer  — these figs are a show stopping app, they're super flavorful
  • Bite of protein — tofu is packed with protein. You'll get a little bite of protein with each fig

Tofu Bacon Topped Figs

Ingredients

  • Extra Firm Tofu: Use extra firm tofu for the crispiest bacon.
  • Liquid Aminos: The liquid aminos are part of the marinade for the tofu. Liquid aminos are salty which creates a delicious flavor for the bacon. Alternatively, you can use tamari.
  • Liquid Smoke: Liquid smoke is what it sounds like. It adds a deep smoky flavor to foods and it's the perfect ingredient to turn tofu into a bacon-like flavor.
  • Maple Syrup: We'll use the maple syrup both in the tofu marinade and as a cooking liquid for the figs.
  • Fresh Figs: Any variety of fig will work. It's okay if they aren't super ripe since they'll get cooked and softened.
  • Red Wine Vinegar: For a bit of tang to balance out the sweetness of the figs and maple syrup.

Tofu Bacon Topped Figs

How to make Tofu Bacon Topped Figs

Step 1. Press the tofu using a tofu press or heavy pot for 10-15 minutes.

Step 2. Slice the tofu into thin, flat strips.

Step 3. Place in a glass container along with the liquid aminos, liquid smoke, and 1 tablespoon maple syrup. Let marinate for 10 minutes.

Step 4. Transfer the tofu (reserving any remaining marinade) to a non-stick pan and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, until all sides are browned. Set aside.

Step 5. Add the fig to the pan cut side down along with the reserved marinade, remaining maple syrup, and red wine vinegar. Cook until the figs are soft and caramelized, about 5 minutes.

Step 6. Remove the figs from the pan, leaving any liquid in the pan. Arrange figs cut side up on a plate and place the tofu pieces on top of each fig.

Step 7. Drizzle the syrup over the figs. Enjoy!

Recipe Prayer

Thank you God for seasonal fruits and dishes that are flavorful yet healthy. We praise you for our health. Amen.

Tofu Bacon Topped Figs

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Tofu Bacon Topped Figs

Tofu Bacon Topped Figs are the ultimate party appetizer or fancy snack. These bite-sized snacks are sticky, sweet, salty, smoky - all the flavors!

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

16

Prep:

15

min

cook:

20

min

total:

35

min

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Block Extra Firm Tofu
  • 2 Tablespoons Liquid Aminos
  • 1 Teaspoon Liquid Smoke
  • 3 Tablespoons Maple Syrup, divided
  • 8 Fresh Figs, halved lengthwise
  • 2 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar

Instructions

  1. Press the tofu using a tofu press or heavy pot for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Slice the tofu into thin, flat strips.
  3. Place in a glass container along with the liquid aminos, liquid smoke, and 1 tablespoon maple syrup. Let marinate for 10 minutes.
  4. Transfer the tofu (reserving any remaining marinade) to a non-stick pan and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, until all sides are browned. Set aside.
  5. Add the fig to the pan cut side down along with the reserved marinade, remaining maple syrup, and red wine vinegar. Cook until the figs are soft and caramelized, about 5 minutes.
  6. Remove the figs from the pan, leaving any liquid in the pan. Arrange figs cut side up on a plate and place the tofu pieces on top of each fig.
  7. Drizzle the syrup over the figs. Enjoy!
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January 16, 2022
Tracy Henry
Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious Elizabeth. You got this one just right!
Oh yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)
January 16, 2022
L Collins
Hi Could you please confirm two things:1. The amount of salt. Seems like too much. 2. The directions say there is lemon juice in the dressing but it’s not listed under ingredients. ThanksL.
Hi there! Confirming that the two teaspoons of salt in the dressing is correct. I didn't salt the cauliflower when roasting it or the salad after it was done, so this amount of salt was perfect. If you're concerned about it you can decrease the amount of salt in the dressing and then add more at the end if you need it. As for the lemon juice, SO sorry about that! It was a typo in my directions and I've removed it now. Hope this helps :)
December 20, 2021
Martha
This looks lovely! Do you have a recipe for the red pepper hummus also? Thank you!
Hi Martha! I don't have a recipe for red pepper hummus on my site. I suggest taking a traditional hummus recipe and blending in roasted red pepper.
November 22, 2021
Amanda J Lehmann
I tried these and they were delicious! A bit dense but flavorful and the "buckeye" blend of peanut and chocolate was on point! Recommend!
Yay! I'm so glad you liked them! -- Elizabeth
December 6, 2021
Grace
Hi, these look amazing. I was wondering, could I used powdered peanut butter in place of creamy for the recipe? thanks
Hi Grace! There is already some powdered peanut butter in this recipe, so adding more might make the texture more gluey. Also, the real peanut butter adds some fat, which helps create flavor. That said, if you want to use powdered peanut butter, I would suggest mixing it with a high-fat liquid like coconut cream and then measuring out 2/3 cup. Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes :) -- Elizabeth
November 15, 2021
Becky
You mention using vegetable broth in your introduction but it isn’t included in the recipe
Hi Becky - thanks for pointing this out. I have removed mention of vegetable broth from this post. You do not need any vegetable broth. The mushrooms will release natural liquid which will prevent any sticking. -- Elizabeth
September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography