We recently reported that rapper Snoop Dogg was turned off from hot dogs after discovering how they are made. If, like him, you are tired of mystery meat and want to bite into a 'hot dog’ made from real food then here is a great option: carrot dogs. Have you heard of them?
Carrot dogs are the vegan alternative to traditional hot dogs and they are 100% animal–free. There are no artificial ingredients involved and die–hard vegans claim they taste just as good as the real thing.
So how does one make a humble carrot taste like a traditional hot dog? The answer lies in a tasty marinade containing lots of umami thanks to soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, liquid smoke and plenty of spices.
How To Make Vegan Carrot Dogs
Ok, first things first. Carrot dogs are a two-day process (we know, we know!), but the results are very tasty and totally worth the effort.
We scoured the web looking for the best recipes and here’s what various bloggers recommend: the carrots should be cooked until fork tender, marinated overnight then sautéed with the marinade until warmed through and caramelised.
YouTube'sEla Gale offers a fantastic tutorial for making carrot dogs. She serves them with caramelised onions, ketchup and mustard. Take a look:
This recipe from PETA (pictured above) yields four vegan carrot dogs – you’ll need whole carrots (the chunkier the better) and your favourite hot dog toppings.
Now, this other recipe is full of flavour thanks to the addition of minced ginger, garlic, rice wine and Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. It sounds and looks delicious.