Carrot Hot Dogs are something that our friends have repeatedly asked if we have tried during our 30 days of vegan. To be honest, we had never heard of the carrot hot dog, so it wasn’t something we had planned to prepare. We had planned to grill some portabello mushrooms to use in place of burgers, but carrot hot dogs weren’t on our radar. After the fifth or sixth time that someone asked, we decided we needed to plan a weekend barbecue and serve carrot hot dogs.
There was just one problem. I had no idea what spices were used to flavor hot dogs. I googled hot dog ingredients and learned some scary facts. I decided to check out a couple of specific brands of hot dogs, Hebrew National and Nathan’s, to learn their ingredients. After studying these lists I discovered that hot dogs contained garlic, paprika, salt, sugar, and mustard. Carrot dogs would need the same, so I compiled my ingredient list deciding to use soy sauce for the salt, and maple syrup for the sugar. I also thought about the smoky flavor that a hot dog gets on the grill and decided to add a little liquid smoke. I also remembered that when we make home made sausage, we always add some vinegar to the meat, so it made sense that carrot dogs should have some vinegar in them.
It took a few tries before we came up with the cooking liquid listed in the recipe below. We opted for the pressure cooker, but these dogs could also be boiled to the desired consistency in the Carrot Hot Dogs (Pressure Cooker and Grill). If you are boiling them, you might need to double the amount of liquid to ensure that all of the carrots are able to be submerged in the marinade to evenly flavor your carrot hot dogs.
What will you need to make this recipe?
From the Pantry:
- vegetable broth
- apple cider vinegar
- onion powder
- garlic powder
- dry mustard
- black pepper
- liquid smoke
- hot dog buns
From the Refrigerator:
- soy sauce
- maple syrup
We grilled up our pressure cooker carrots and served them on buns. They were a huge hit with everyone who tried them. They didn’t taste like hot dogs, but they were good. It was amazing to discover how good a grilled seasoned carrot could taste with our favorite hot dog toppings. Have you ever tried a carrot in place of a hot dog? Do you think you would try our recipe for carrot hot dogs or is it just too weird? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
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- 8 Carrots ($0.67)
- ½ cup vegetable broth ($0.34)
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar ($0.68)
- 2 Tablespoons soy sauce ($0.38)
- 1 Tablespoon maple syrup ($0.36)
- ½ teaspoon onion powder ($0.04)
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder ($0.04)
- 1 teaspoon paprika ($0.06)
- ½ teaspoon dry mustard ($0.05)
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper (to taste) ($0.02)
- ½ teaspoon liquid smoke ($0.04)
- 8 hotdog buns ($0.98)
- Peel the carrots and cut them to hot dog length (the same length as your buns.)
- Put everything except for the carrots into the your pressure cooker.
- Mix all of these ingredients well.
- Place carrots into the pressure cooker, trying to get as many as possible submerged in the liquid.
- Place lid on pressure cooker and seal.
- Turn on pressure cooker and set it for 5 minutes.
- Once it finishes cooking, manually release pressure.
- Remove carrot dogs from marinade and store in a covered container in the refrigerator until you are ready to grill them.
- Grill for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until carrot dogs are heated through.
- Serve in a bun with your favorite hot dog toppings.
Nutrition information is for one carrot hot dog prepared according to recipe above served on a bun without additional toppings.
|Amount Per Serving|
% Daily Value
Total Fat 2.2g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Total Carbohydrates 31.6g
Dietary Fiber 1.7g
Vitamin D 0%