From seitan 'chicken' to substitute cheese, vegan-friendly recipes are on the rise – and the latest offering of aubergine bacon is already raising eyebrows.
Meat-lovers have widely mocked the recipe, which was posted on food site Delish and tells cooks how they can replicate bacon with the purple fruit.
One claimed the recipe 'should be illegal' while another fumed: 'I just saw a "how to" on how to make eggplant "bacon". This may be the first time I've ever been offended.'
One Instagram user by the name of tessargus shared her own version of aubergine bacon that she planned to dehydrate to get the smoky flavour
One chef from York going by the handle tattychef, shared her tasty looking dish using aubergine bacon on top of cheese and avocado on toast
One person was so upset by the recipe they demanded it 'should be illegal' while another shared how 'offended' they were
Vegetarians and vegans alike shared in their excitement about making the dish.
The experimental recipe is made by mixing maple syrup, soy sauce, paprika and the main flavour – liquid smoke.
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Delish dubiously claims liquid smoke is 'readily available' at your local supermarket, however the rest of the ingredients are your standard store cupboard necessities.
The aubergine is thinly sliced length ways before the mixture is brushed on both sides and roasted until crispy.
The aubergine bacon recipe has caused a divide between meat-lovers and those who are vegan and vegetarian
Vegan restaurant NAMA Foods shared their own version of a vegan-friendly fry-up using aubergine bacon and cashew scrambled eggs
It seems dehydrating the aubergine is a popular cooking method, with user aradhanaraw sharing her take
But it seems the substitute meat was too much for bacon fans, with Americans who call aubergine egpplant taking to Facebook: 'Unless eggplant has legs, a snout, a curly tail and is a pig, it will never be bacon.
'Eggplant strips cut and fried to resemble bacon is the more accurate description.'
'Yuk eggplant is not bacon and never will be,' added another.
Aubergine bacon has previously popped up on Instagram with many using the dish as a side on their vegetarian-friendly cooked breakfasts.
It can be made by dehydrating the fruit, by frying or baking.