A magician from New York City has charmed TikTokers by turning a simple piece of bread… into bacon.
Rajon Lynch, acting as RJ The Magician, didn’t pull it off with a swing of the wand or an ‘abracadabra’, but rather a crafty recipe that involves coating a piece of flat bread in a smoky marinade and then frying it up in a pan. .
The 25-year-old’s recipe for “all-vegan” bacon has mesmerized his followers, who have called him a “genius” and vowed to make it themselves.
Rajon Lynch, who acts as RJ The Magician, shared a recipe for ‘fully vegan’ bacon on TikTok, where it has been viewed nearly a million times
How to: The recipe calls for flattening a piece of bread and cutting it into strips
“This bacon is fake and I made it in 15 minutes,” RJ says in his viral TikTok video, which has earned nearly a million views.
He wrote that it’s “fairly better than a lot of bacon I’ve had and it’s made from one piece of bread.”
The recipe calls for flattening a piece of bread, soaking it in a special marinade and baking.
“If you have a piece of bread, you can at least make a version of it,” he says.
“This bacon is fake and I made it in 15 minutes,” says RJ in his viral TikTok video, which has been viewed nearly a million times
Ingredients: The strips are coated with a blend of Tabasco Chipotle Pepper Sauce, Colgin Liquid Smoke, maple syrup, olive oil, paprika, soy sauce, garlic powder, and MSG
Beat it! They are then quickly fried on each side until crispy
“It’s literally almost confit bacon. This is the best thing I’ve ever made,” he says
Ingredients for vegan bread ‘bacon’
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup maple syrup
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon paprika powder
Pinch of MSG or nutritional yeast
Splashes of liquid smoke
Splashes of Tabasco Chipotle Pepper Sauce
‘I was in bed the other day and I thought, why can’t I just make bacon out of bread. It becomes compact, it is soft, it is absorbent. It absorbs everything you put into it. And it’s made to get crispy.’
First RJ demonstrates flattening the bread with a roller. He then cuts it into strips and flattens the strips again.
Then each piece is coated with a blend of Tabasco Chipotle Pepper Sauce, Colgin Liquid Smoke, maple syrup, olive oil, paprika, soy sauce, garlic powder, and MSG or nutritional yeast.
Then he demonstrates, fry each bar in oil and vegan butter in a pan.
“It’s going to cook quickly, but you want it to boil low. Put it on low or medium heat and let it sit for about ten seconds. A lot of flipping,” he says.
The bread should begin to brown and eventually turn the color of cooked bacon.
Finally, RJ takes a sliver from the pan and lays it over three forks turned on their side to give it a bacon-like “curve.”
“It’s literally almost confit bacon. This is the best thing I’ve ever made,” he says.
Cheers chango! In 2020, actress, author and vegan foodie Tabitha Brown, 41, revealed how to make carrots ‘bacon’ in a TikTok recipe video
Voila! Her recipe called for coating carrot strips with liquid smoke, maple syrup, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, and pepper, then cook for five minutes
The recipe has garnered quite a few comments on social media, and while some skeptics insist that only bacon is bacon, others are grateful for the idea.
“You are a genius omfg,” one wrote.
“Oh I’m going to try this and I’m not even vegan,” wrote another.
This isn’t the first viral recipe that promises to transform bread into something akin to meat.
In 2020, actress, author and vegan foodie Tabitha Brown, 41, revealed how to make carrots ‘bacon’ in a TikTok recipe video.
Her recipe calls for slicing carrots into thin strips and then coating them with a mixture of Wright’s Hickory Liquid Smoke, maple syrup, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and “a little bit of onion powder with pepper.”
“This is your brew for the carrots that make the bacon,” she says as she whisks the spices together, then leaves the carrots in there for two minutes.
The coated strips can be cooked in a hot air fryer or oven 380 degrees Fahrenheit for five minutes.
Controversial: A Bon Appetit recipe for ‘Bread Steak’ – a salty, savory French toast – was met with skepticism on the internet earlier this year
And in June of this year, Bon Appétit tweeted a link to a recipe for David Tamarkin’s vegetarian Bread Steak, which the writer said “hits the spot where a slice of cauliflower just won’t cut it.”
‘It’s fat. It’s salty. And if you do it right, it’s downright meaty,” Bon Appétit tweeted.
Meet the chef: David Tamarkin, who doesn’t eat steak, said his bread dish can be ‘downright meaty’ and is better than cauliflower steak
The magazine featured a photo for the dish, a “custard-soaked piece of parmesan-crusted sourdough” topped with vegetables.
Tamarkin explained that he stopped eating steak for environmental reasons, but still craved it, and cauliflower steak doesn’t scratch that itch.
So his “meat-eater palate” dropped him to a bread dish that he pan-fryed and then crisped in a grill after soaking it in milk, eggs, and salt.
“When the bread is done, it is brown and crispy on the outside and, like a perfectly cooked piece of beef, reveals a tender center when cut open,” he said.
However, Twitter users weren’t quite convinced that this should be called “steak,” and someone wrote, “This is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever read in my life.”
“I don’t know why the term ‘bread steak’ makes me so angry, but here we are,” wrote one critic.
“That might be a sandwich, but that’s all,” wrote another.