A New York City magician has charmed TikTokers by transforming a simple piece of bread… into bacon.
Rajon Lynch, who performs as RJ The Magician, didn’t pull of the trick with a wave of the wand or an ‘abracadabra,’ but rather a crafty recipe that involves coating a piece of flattened bread in a smoky marinade and then frying it up in a pan.
The 25-year-old’s recipe for ‘completely vegan’ bacon has enchanted his followers, who have called him a ‘genius’ and vowed to make it themselves.
Rajon Lynch, who performs as RJ The Magician, shared a recipe for ‘completely vegan’ bacon on TikTok, where it’s 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 is ‘honestly better than a lot of bacon that I’ve had and its made out of one piece of bread.’
The recipe calls for flattening a piece of bread, soaking it in a special marinade, and frying it.
‘If you have a piece of bread, you can make at least some version of this,’ he says.
‘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
Ingredients: The strips are coated in a mix of Tabasco Chipotle Pepper Sauce, Colgin Liquid Smoke, maple syrup, olive oil, paprika, soy sauce, garlic powder, and MSG
Sizzle it up! They are then quickly fried on each side until crispy
‘It’s literally almost like candied bacon. This is the best thing I’ve ever created,’ 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
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 was like, why can’t I just make bacon out of bread. It gets compact, it’s squishy, it’s absorbent. It’ll absorb anything you put in 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 gets coated in a mix of Tabasco Chipotle Pepper Sauce, Colgin Liquid Smoke, maple syrup, olive oil, paprika, soy sauce, garlic powder, and MSG or nutritional yeast.
Next, he demonstrates, fry each strip in oil and vegan butter in a pan.
‘It’s gonna cook fast, but you want it to cook low. Put it on low or medium heat and let it sit for like ten seconds. Flip a lot,’ he says.
The bread should begin to brown and eventually take on the color of cooked bacon.
Finally, RJ takes a strip out of the pan and lays it across three forks turned on their sides to give it a bacon-like ‘curve.’
‘It’s literally almost like candied bacon. This is the best thing I’ve ever created,’ he says.
Presto chango! In 2020, actress, author, and vegan foodie Tabitha Brown, 41, revealed how to make ‘bacon’ out of carrots in a TikTok recipe video
Voila! Her recipe called for coating carrot strips in Liquid Smoke, maple syrup, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, and pepper, and then cooking for five minutes
The recipe has earned quite a lot of reaction on social media, and while some skeptics insist that only bacon is bacon, others are grateful for the idea.
‘You are a genius omfg,’ wrote one.
‘Oh this I’m gonna try and I’m not even vegan,’ wrote another.
This isn’t the first viral recipe that promises to transform bread into something resembling meat.
In 2020, actress, author, and vegan foodie Tabitha Brown, 41, revealed how to make ‘bacon’ out of carrots in a TikTok recipe video.
Her recipe calls for slicing carrots into thin strips, then coating them in 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 concoction for the carrots that turns it into the bacon,’ she says while mixing up the seasonings with a pastry brush, then letting the carrots sit in it for two minutes.
The coated strips can be cooked in an air fryer or oven at 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 when a slab of cauliflower just won’t cut it.’
‘It’s fatty. 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 included a photo for the dish, which is a ‘custard-soaked, Parmesan-crusted chunk of sourdough’ that has been topped with vegetables.
Tamarkin explained that that he stopped eating steak for environmental reasons, but still craved it, and cauliflower steak doesn’t scratch that itch.
So his ‘carnivore’s palate’ let him to a bread dish that he pan-roasts and then crisps in a broiler after soaking it in milk, eggs, and salt.
‘When the bread is ready, it’s browned and crusty on the outside and, just like a perfectly cooked piece of beef, reveals a tender center when cut open,’ he said.
Twitter users, however, were not quite convinced this should be called ‘steak,’ with one writing: ‘This is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever read in my life.’
‘I do not know why the term “bread steak” is making me violently angry but here we are,’ wrote one critic.
‘That’s maybe a grilled cheese but nothing more,’ wrote another.