Portobello ‘Bacon’

Essential so you never have to buy weird processed substitutes again. And so good you’ll always have some in your fridge. Other vegetables you can use: zucchini, rutabaga

  • By Mark Bittman
  • January 9, 2018
  • Yield: Serves 4


2 tbsp olive oil

1½ lb portobello mushrooms

1 tsp smoked paprika

¾ tsp salt

½ tsp pepper


1. Heat the oven to 400°F and evenly space the two oven racks. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with foil and grease each with 1 tbsp oil. Remove the stems from the mushrooms and save for another use. Slice the caps crosswise as thin as you can manage; transfer them to the prepared sheets.

2. Arrange the mushroom slices into a single layer and sprinkle with the paprika, salt and pepper. Transfer the pans to the oven and roast, undisturbed, until the mushrooms release their water and the pan is almost dry again (20 to 30 minutes).

3. Lower the heat to 325°F and continue to roast the slices undisturbed until they dry and shrivel a bit, and release evenly from the pan (another 5 to 10 minutes). Enjoy hot or at room temperature, or cool completely and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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