Shiitake gravy over roasted fingerling potatoes with sautéed kale & maple eggplant bacon

Shiitake gravy over roasted fingerling potatoes with sautéed kale & maple eggplant bacon

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Makes 3-4 servings


  • 2lbs fingerling potatoes, quartered
  • 1 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Eggplant bacon

  • 1 medium eggplant, sliced 1/4″ thick
  • 3 tbsp tamari
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika


  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
  • 3 cups thinly sliced shiitake mushrooms, stems removed
  • ½ cup quinoa flour (or any flour of your choice)
  • 4 garlic cloves, puréed
  • 4 cups vegetable stock (or water)
  • 1/4 cup tamari
  • ½ cup herbs chopped (dill, thyme, sage, etc)

Sautéed Kale

  • 4 cups kale, chopped and steamed or slightly sautéed
  • 1/4 lemon


  • 1/4 bunch parsley chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 400F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. For Potatoes: In a large bowl add potatoes, 1 tbsp oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss. Divide potatoes between 2 sheets. Bake until crispy and golden brown, approximately 35 minutes.
  3. For Bacon: Meanwhile in a large baking dish toss together bacon ingredients and place into the oven with the potatoes.  Bake for 15-18 minutes or until all the liquid has evaporated and eggplant is firm. Once firm remove from oven and allow to cool.  Then thinly sliced lengthwise to create bacon slivers.
  4. For Gravy: Over medium high heat in a large sauté pan add oil for gravy. Once heated add mushrooms and sauté until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Next add garlic and sauté for about 1 minute, until fragrant. Next stir in quinoa flour and sauté for 2 minutes.  Stir in stock and tamari and allow gravy to come to a boil, about 2 minutes. Adjust gravy to your preferred consistency using water.
  5. For Kale: Lightly steam or sauté kale.  Squirt with lemon juice and set aside.
  6. Assembly: Plate fingerling potatoes and top with kale, gravy, and bacon and sprinkle with parsley.


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  1. Just wanted to tell you, I made this for guests last week and it was a big hit! They loved it and they are not vegetarians or vegans. When I first tasted the gravy I thought it was a bit too salty (tamari sauce) but when combined with everything it was perfect. I couldn’t get my eggplant bacon to crisp up, it was soggy. What did I do wrong.
    I follow the recipe exactly. I will make it again for sure. I also made the creamy corn chowder and like it as well.
    Thanks for the great recipes, I look forward to more.

    • Hi Cheryl!

      Thanks for the post and for the feedback! So happy to hear the recipes were a hit! Sorry to hear that the eggplant bacon did not work out for you! You could always cook it lower and slower i.e. 225F for 1-2 hours or if you have a dehydrator you could do it that way to ensure the bacon comes out crisper. It may also depend on the type of dish the eggplant was baked in or how close together the pieces of eggplant are when you are baking them. If they are overlapping less moisture will be lost. Salting the eggplant, allowing them to sit for 10-15 minutes with the salt and then patting them dry will also help with removing moisture.

      Hopefully that is help for you!

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