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Compassionate Carrot Dogs

Compassionate Carrot Dogs

Prep Time:

10 minutes

Cook Time:

8 to 10 minutes, then further grilling or frying




Super Easy

Compassionate Carrot Dogs Recipe
By Chef Linda

Shakespeare said it best when he wrote, “A vegan hot dog by any other name would taste as delicious, especially if it were a carrot.” You’ll pardon the liberties taken, but it’s merely to illustrate a game-changing point here; carrots make excellent hot dogs. Hard to believe? Perhaps, but I urge you to try this simple recipe for Compassionate Carrot Dogs and see if it doesn’t make you appreciate this lovely, humble vegetable in a whole new way.

Whole carrots are trimmed and peeled (you needn’t prepare 200 of them like our interns Paige and Julia did for our recent Pig Toast event), then simmered in a quick marinade for just a few minutes. Stored overnight in the marinade then grilled, fried, or roasted, these carrots take on a smoky tenderness that partner with your favorite hot dog toppings. A healthy, gluten-free alternative to even the best vegan hot dog, put Compassionate Carrot Dogs on your BBQ menu before the opportunity for easy summer meals fade into fall.

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    8 medium carrots

    3/4 cup water

    1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

    ¼ cup tamari or soy sauce

    1 tablespoon paprika (regular or smoked)

    1 tablespoon real maple syrup

    2 teaspoons liquid smoke

    2 teaspoons yellow mustard

    1 teaspoon ground coriander

    1 teaspoon onion powder

    1 teaspoon garlic powder

    1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

    For Serving

    8 buns

    Ketchup, mustard, sauerkraut, or use your favorite toppings

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    Peel and trim carrots so they are slightly longer than the buns; Save extra carrot pieces for soup or for munching. Whisk together marinade ingredients in a medium-sized pan. Place pan over medium-high and bring to a simmer. Add carrots and cook for about 8 to 10 minutes, until just fork tender; do not overcook or they will not hold up on the grill or have the right texture. Thick carrots will take longer; thin carrots may take less time. Remove pan from heat and set aside to cool.


    Place carrots along with marinade in sealed container or a zip-tight plastic bag. Refrigerate overnight. Drain marinade then cook on a lightly oiled grill for about 8 to 10 minutes or in pan on the stovetop for about the same amount of time. Serve in buns with your favorite hot dog toppings. Marinade may be used again within several days for another batch.

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Use coconut aminos in place of tamari or soy sauce.

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