Is there REALLY any substitute for bacon?
A dear friend has recently become vegetarian. I support him completely but am now puzzling about Thanksgiving dinner, which he will be attending with us. A lot of my side recipes contain bacon (which he has admitted he misses) and while I know I could just leave it out, I fear the taste and texture will be quite different without. What about smoked paprika? Chipotles in adobo? A little extra good olive oil? I'd love to know how others have successfully made the substitution.