Do you love adding liquid smoke to almost every meal? At One Green Planet, we love recipes with smoky flavors. If you’re like us, they probably remind you of spring and summer cookouts and all the good food that comes with it; burgers, hot dogs, and all things smothered in sweet, sticky, savory, messy barbecue sauce.
When you make plant-based meals, liquid smoke finds its way into a lot of recipes because its unique and savory flavor has the uncanny ability to make veggie burgers, seitan, tempeh, and tofu taste meaty and delicious. It’s the key to making the perfect plant-based Liquid smoke finds its way into a lot of plant-based recipes because of its unique and savory flavor.It has the uncanny ability to make veggie burgers, seitan, tempeh, and tofu taste meaty and delicious. It’s also the key to making the perfect plant-based bacon.
This stuff is like liquid gold that you can eat. So, if you’re ready to experience a world of smoky goodness or if you’re looking for new ways to put that bottle of liquid smoke to work, then try these 15 recipes that are bursting with smoky flavor.
1. Hoppin’ John Sliders With Smoky Lemon Aioli Sauce and Sautéed Greens
These hearty Hoppin’ John Sliders are the burger version of a Southern classic; only mushrooms stand in for the usual rice. They’re extremely easy to make; all you do is process the ingredients until smooth and then grill them on a skillet until they’re cooked through and crispy on the outside. They’re served with savory sautéed greens and smothered with a creamy, smoky, tangy lemon aioli sauce. You might want to save the extra sauce, for dipping fries, too!
2. Spicy Papaya Salad With Smoky Roasted Peanuts
This Spicy Papaya Salad is spicy (obviously!), fresh, and aromatic with a bit of crunch from a sprinkling of sweet and smoky roasted peanuts. When you are shopping for your papayas, make sure you buy nice bright green ones. We know that in most instances ripe fruit is best, but in this salad, we want unripe, green papaya. Skip the green salads at your next barbecue and serve this instead!
3. Smoked Coconut Gouda
This Smoked Coconut Gouda will satisfy your need for a vegan cheese that melts, stretches, slices, and grates. You can use it to top pizzas, eat it with crackers, or pair it with one of the sandwiches on this list for some extra-smoky goodness. This stuff might make you swoon over how satisfyingly melty it is.
4. Tempeh Hash
This breakfast Tempeh Hash is savory and filled with tons of energy-boosting ingredients to get your day started on the right foot. The tempeh is given a smoky flavor using maple syrup, liquid smoke, tomato paste, and garlic, among other seasonings. Potatoes, onions, and broccoli are then added to make this a truly protein-packed and nutritious entrée.
5. Smoky Corn and Potato Chowder
This Smoky Corn and Potato Chowder encompasses the warm weather goodness of grilled corn. It’s loaded with celery, onion, potatoes, and plenty of corn that’s blended until smooth and creamy. Chili peppers add spice, and the whole bowl is topped with more corn and a dash of paprika.
6. BBQ Soy Curl Taco Bowls With Pickled Onions
When it’s hot out, smoky, spicy barbecue goodness is the way to go! So try these BBQ Soy Curl Taco Bowls With Pickled Onions. The combination of meaty, barbecue-y soy curls with the crunchy, salty taco bowl creates a wonderfully tasty flavor combination that can’t be beat. Don’t leave out the pickled onions! They add a tangy element that you don’t want to miss out on.
7. Sweet and Smoky BBQ Lentils
If you like BBQ sauce, then you will love this recipe! These Sweet and Smoky BBQ Lentils would be great on a sandwich bun topped with crispy vegan coleslaw, in a pita, as a dip with corn chips, over baked potatoes, or as a side to a tasty veggie burger. Carrots might sound like a strange ingredient for barbecue sauce, but they give this sauce its wonderful, sweet and creamy texture.
8.Grilled Marinated Tofu Sandwich
This Grilled Marinated Tofu Sandwich is a must-make. Extra firm sprouted tofu is marinated in a simple mixture of vegetable broth, liquid smoke, soy sauce, and maple syrup. As you prep the pickled vegetables and shredded carrot, the tofu soaks in the smoky-sweet flavor of the marinade. The liquid is also used when pan frying the tofu, infusing more flavor into the tofu while it cooks.
9. Smoky Mac and Cheese
Most vegan mac and cheeses have a cheese sauce made from either cashews or veggies. This Smoky Mac and Cheese is on a whole new lever, with a creamy cheese sauce made from cashews, cauliflower, mushrooms, and a splash of liquid smoke to add an extra special zing. If you need something you can make in bulk to take along to a potluck, party, or barbecue; then this is the recipe of your dreams.
10. Coconut Bacon
Coconut Bacon is a great addition to salads, sandwiches, soups… and even desserts! It’s smoky, savory, and you’ll seriously want to sprinkle it on top of everything. When you make this, you might get to the point where you’ll barely be able to walk by a bag without grabbing a handful of the stuff. The recipe is super easy to make, and a great way to teach non-vegans that we make damn good food too!
11. Roasted Eggplant Sandwiches With Caramelized Onions
These Roasted Eggplant Sandwiches will be your new favorite dinner. Fresh eggplant is sliced into rounds and brushed with a smoky, umami sauce and then broiled until it’s crispy on both sides. It’s combined with soft and buttery caramelized onions on a toasted bun with roasted tomato sauce and crisp greens. Every bite of this sandwich is an explosion of flavorful goodness that you’ll want to experience again and again.
12. Smoky Barbecue Potato Salad
This isn’t your classic potato salad recipe. This is Smoky Barbecue Potato Salad with fresh, crunchy veggies and the perfect amount of spice! Serve this at a barbecue, and it’s sure to disappear long before all the veggie burgers do.
13. Loaded Baked Potato With Carrot Bacon
Potatoes get such a bad rap. Usually, people stay away from consuming potatoes because they believe them to be fattening when in actuality they can be very healthy if prepared a certain way. Take this Loaded Baked Potato With Carrot Bacon, for example. Usually loaded baked potatoes have an obscene amount of butter, sour cream, and bacon. However, sub in vegan butter, a cashew-based sour cream, and smoky carrot bacon, and boom! Healthy potato recipe!
14. Southern-Style Pulled Mushroom Sandwich
As far as comfort foods go, loaded sandwiches are among the best of the best. In this Southern-Style Pulled Mushroom Sandwich, shredded, meaty mushrooms are coated in barbecue sauce, and sandwiched between two crusty slices of bread with crunchy coleslaw. This pulled mushroom sandwich is a smoky, sweet, and creamy mess that will leave you giddy with joy.
15. Carrot Hot Dogs
When it comes to recreating your favorite childhood meals, it’s all about the seasoning and these Carrot Hot Dogs got it right. They’re made by boiling carrots until soft and then marinating them in a smoky, savory sauce. After that, you just fry them to make them a little crispy and … ta-dah! You have yourself a whole foods-based and budget-friendly meal that’s a childhood favorite.
Lead image source: Hoppin John Sliders With Smoky Lemon Aioli Sauce and Sautéed Greens