Change up your grilling routine with these Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs. They are so easy to make - just steam, marinate & grill them up to perfection!
I know exactly what you guys are thinking because I was thinking it too before I tried Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs. I thought it was comical that vegans were eating carrots in a hot dog bun. We totally just put ourselves in the crazy vegan category!
Well, ya know what? I'd rather be called crazy now because these carrot dogs are delicious! No, they definitely will not replace a vegan hot dog, but they are fun and super tasty in their own way.
Now, if you're heading to a carnivore barbecue and want to make an impression on veganism, I suggest leaving the carrots at home. Instead, I would bring a few packs of Field Roast Frankfurters to get people talking. They are very close to a meat hot dog but much healthier.
Alright, on to the Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs!
Cut the carrots
To get started, wash and peel 8 large carrots. Now cut them to the size of your hot dog buns. You can leave them a little longer if you want the carrots to stick out a little.
If you're looking for healthier hot dog buns to go along with your healthy carrot dog, You might like these sprouted whole grain buns by Ezekiel. They have a nice texture and flavor.
I'm still searching for the best gluten-free & vegan hot dog buns. If you have any recommendations, let me know in the comment section below. I'd love to try them.
Steam the carrots
Place about 1 inch of water into a large pot that will fit your steamer basket. Now place your basket on the bottom and cover pot with a lid. Turn the heat to high and bring water to a boil.
Once boiling, turn heat to med-low to maintain a low boil and place carrots in basket. Cover and cook until carrots are tender throughout, about 20-25 minutes.
Keep an eye on the water so it doesn't fully evaporate and add more hot water if needed. You can also boil the carrots instead of steaming. I prefer steaming because the carrots keep more of their flavor.
Make the marinade
Here's what you'll need:
Apple cider vinegar
Pure maple syrup
Now, whisk it all together!
Marinate the carrots
In a 2-quart baking dish (or similar size), arrange the carrot so they all lay flat on the bottom. Now pour the marinade on top of the carrots.
Turn a few times and then spoon marinade on the top side of carrots. Cover and marinate in the fridge for 2-3 hours, turning once at the halfway mark and spoon mixture on top side of carrots again.
Grill them up!
Preheat your grill to med-high heat and grill carrots for 2-3 minutes on each side. Grill until the carrots are lightly browned and they have charred grill marks on them.
You can also use a lightly oiled grill pan over medium heat. If you don't have that, you can use a cast-iron skillet or a regular skillet. You won't have the grill marks, but the carrot dogs will still be delicious!
To put grill marks on the hot dog buns, place them on the grill for 1-2 minutes. Watch carefully to prevent burning them.
Now the fun part!
Dress up your Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs to suit your personal taste. Have fun with it!
Here are some topping ideas: ketchup, mustard, vegan mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, salsa, hot sauce, chipotle sauce, relish, pickles, diced onion, roasted corn, jalapeños, fresh herbs, vegan sour cream, shredded vegan cheese, sauerkraut, pepperoncini and vegan bacon.
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Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs
- 8 large carrots , peeled & cut to the size of hot dog buns
- 8 hot dog buns (gluten-free if preferred)
- 2 tablespoons sunflower oil , or preferred oil
- ⅓ cup gluten-free tamari , low sodium (sub soy sauce)
- 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup (sub agave)
- 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1.5 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
- ¾ teaspoon granulated onion
- ¾ teaspoon ground coriander
- In a medium bowl, whisk all marinade ingredients well. Set aside.
- Place about 1 " of water into a large pot that will fit your steamer basket. Place your basket on the bottom and cover pot with a lid. Turn heat to high and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn heat to med-low to maintain a low boil and place carrots in basket. Cover and cook until carrots are tender throughout, about 20-25 minutes. *Keep an eye on the water so it doesn't fully evaporate. Add more hot water if needed.
- In a 2-quart baking dish (or similar), arrange the carrot so they all lay flat on the bottom. Pour the marinade on top of the carrots. Turn a few times and then spoon marinade on the top side of carrots. Cover and marinate in the fridge for 2-3 hours, turning once at the halfway mark and spoon mixture on top side of carrots again.
- Preheat your grill to med-high heat. Grill carrots for 2-3 minutes on each side, until lightly browned and they have charred grill marks (* You can also use a lightly oiled grill pan over medium heat). Place buns on the grill for 1-2 minutes for grill marks (*watch carefully).
- Dress you carrot dogs up and serve immediately! (*see notes for ideas) Enjoy!