Upton’s Naturals seitan bacon has a smoky flavor & chewy texture. It’s great on a BLT or alongside a tofu scramble at brunch.
Whenever I visit other cities, I usually end up checking out at least one natural grocery store. Whether I’m getting snacks, provisions for the road, a bottle of wine, or even an inexpensive lunch, I can often be found roaming their aisles.
While I’m there, I can’t help myself from cruising around and seeing what specialty products they have that I can’t find locally. It seems there’s always a new product on the scene that is impossible to find in my town.
One such product that I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for is the new Upton’s Naturals seitan bacon. I tried the other flavors of seitan from Upton’s Naturals for the first time last year at the Mad City Vegan Fest.
At that time, they had several different flavors of seitan including traditional, Italian, and chorizo. Then several months ago their bacon seitan was introduced.
Made with vital wheat gluten, soy sauce, whole wheat flour, natural hickory smoke concentrate, paprika, sea salt, and onion, I was intrigued to try it for myself.
So when I was in the Minneapolis area this past weekend for a friend’s wedding, I hit up the Whole Foods in St. Paul.
When I walked past their refrigerated section, I was delighted to see the bacon seitan for sale. I scooped it up on the spot, threw it into my cart, and prepared to babysit it with ice packs the next day in the cooler before I headed back on the long car ride home.
You know what they say… When life gives you bacon seitan, make a BLTA.
For breakfast yesterday, I toasted bread, added thick slices of avocado, slices of tomato, and a slathering of mustard. Then I lightly fried the thin slices of bacon seitan and added them to sandwiches for my husband and myself.
Let’s just say, this product was worth the search! It has a great smoky flavor and a wonderfully chewy texture.
(Curious why vegans eat things that taste like meat? <– Check out this post.)
Upton’s Naturals is a Chicago-based company. They also have a factory & small restaurant, where they serve sandwiches. It’s called Upton’s Breakroom.