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Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs (Recipe Revisited)

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carrot dog 3Nope… it is still not a hot dog.  But it IS a “hot dog.”  Oh yes, the Carrot Hot Dog is back!

carrot dog 4When I first posted this recipe for Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs awhile back, I had absolutely no idea that it would become as popular as it has.  It is consistently my most viewed post on almost any given day.  I guess vegetarians and vegans (meat-eaters, too!) really like hot dogs and want a veg-friendly way to eat them.  How in the world so many people Google “carrot hot dog” sure beats me, but I am glad that so many of you have made your way to my blog as a result!

carrot dog 8Now that Summer is in full swing and the Carrot Hot Dog has been extra popular during these grilling and barbecue months, I thought it was about time that I did a second post devoted to one of my favorite recipes.  My pictures from the original post are not the greatest, and any recipe that gets thousands of views in the span of a week deserves TWO posts!

The rest of my recipes need to step up their game if they want to be this special.  My Vegetarian Tater Tot Casserole just may get there one of these days.

carrot dog 10Since my original post, I have made these doggies numerous times.  This time, however, I got a little crazy and used multi-colored carrots.  That’s right.  Orange (obviously), white, and purple carrot hot dogs.  And don’t worry, they are just as delicious as the originals… but slightly prettier?

carrot dogVegan Carrot Hot Dogs

Servings: Makes 2 “hot dogs”

Ingredients

2 large carrots, peeled, with the ends cut off (I cut mine to the size of the hot dog bun)
1/4 cup Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (you can also use low-sodium soy sauce, but use less as it will be too salty!)
1/4 cup water
1 TB seasoned rice vinegar
1 TB sesame oil
1/2 TB apple cider vinegar
dash liquid smoke
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp dried ginger
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp granulated onion powder
olive oil cooking spray
2 whole wheat hot dog buns
desired hot dog toppings

Directions

1. Boil carrots for approximately 6 to 8 minutes, or until fork tender but not mushy.  After removing the carrots from the boiling water, run them under cold water to stop the cooking process.

2. While the carrots are cooking, whisk together the Bragg’s, water, vinegars, sesame oil, liquid smoke, garlic, and seasonings.

3. Combine the carrots and the marinade in a zipper gallon-size bag (I actually used two in case of a leak), or in an air-tight container.  Shake gently until the carrots are coated with the marinade.  Place the carrots in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours.

4. To cook the carrots, spray a medium skillet with olive oil cooking spray.  Turn the heat to medium and place the carrots and about 1/2 cup of the marinade into the skillet.  Heat the carrots for approximately 8 to 10 minutes, or until warm.

*Since the original recipe was posted, I have heard from several people that they have had success with grilling these… so you might want to give that a try!

carrot dog 11I served one of my carrot hot dogs in a vegan wheat hot dog bun with sauerkraut, dill relish, onions, mustard, and ketchup.  And for those of you who cannot find vegan hot dog buns, I served my second dog in a romaine lettuce leaf “bun” and it was delicious that way as well!

carrot dog 7These may not be your traditional hot dogs, but I happen to think that is a good thing.  At least you know all of the ingredients that go into making these babies!  Vegetarians and vegans should not and do not have to miss out when it comes to Summertime barbecues.  I hope you will give these hot dogs a try at your next get-together or for your next Summertime meal.  You just may be surprised at how delicious they are!

carrot dog 12Yes, it is a carrot.  But it is also a hot dog.

Have you tried the carrot hot dog yet?

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  • Em @ Love A Latte July 11, 2014, 8:03 am

    I have not tried a carrot hot dog yet, but I need to! Last night I had a tofurky sausage with ketchup and mustard on top, and it was heaven. Veggie dogs are the best.
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 11, 2014, 8:39 am

      Veggie dogs are SOOO the best!! I could eat them everyday 😉 In all seriousness though, you should def try the carrot hot dog!

  • Meaghan @ Just Me aghan July 11, 2014, 8:37 am

    What a great idea! Definitely grilling up one of these bad boys this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 11, 2014, 3:06 pm

      Thank you Meaghan! I hope you enjoy them!!

  • Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie July 11, 2014, 10:02 am

    I have never thought to use a carrot in place of a hot dog. I absolutely love this though!! It would be great to feel like I’m not missing out at summer cookouts!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 11, 2014, 3:06 pm

      Yes!! It is an awesome way to eat a hot dog when everyone is grilling out without eating a bunch of crap! 😉

  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles July 11, 2014, 10:57 am

    I am so glad you posted this again because I recall wanting to make it, kinda forgetting about it, remembering it recently and now for sure going to do it!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 11, 2014, 4:03 pm

      I knew there was a reason I posted about it again!! 😉 I hope you give them a try!

  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles July 11, 2014, 10:57 am

    I am so glad you posted this again because I recall wanting to make it, kinda forgetting about it, remembering it recently and now for sure going to do it!
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  • Tracy July 12, 2014, 6:55 am

    I made them last weekend sort of as a joke for my carnivore future son in law. They were great. My daughter made them for dinner one night last week and I have them marinating now for lunch! Love them

    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 12, 2014, 9:53 am

      Haha, how fun! They sound totally weird… but are totally delicious! I’m so glad you tried them 🙂

      • Felicity November 4, 2014, 5:27 am

        Haha Tracy, I love the joke! Classic.

  • Natalie @veggierunninggirl.blogspot.com July 12, 2014, 11:04 am

    These look absolutely delicious; like nothing I’ve ever seen on vegan recipe sights or pinterest! I pinned it and cannot wait to make it! Check out my tofu peanut wrap recipe on my blog! Also, delicious! Love your blog!

    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 12, 2014, 2:16 pm

      Thank you Natalie! They are definitely unique aren’t they? Let me know if you give them a try!! Heading over to check out your blog now… 🙂

  • char eats greens July 13, 2014, 7:36 pm

    Yup…this sounds like a winner!! We haven’t had any veg hot dogs yet this summer!! I’d probably try grilling these up. It would be a perfect meal for that night I don’t feel like preparing much!!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 13, 2014, 8:12 pm

      Yes, I have not grilled them myself yet since I don’t have a grill, but I have heard great things from others who have! And yes, once you get them marinated they are SUPER quick to prepare… gotta love it!

  • Melissa @ Nourish By Melissa July 17, 2014, 12:18 pm

    Awesome! I never knew you had a carrot hot dog recipe but this looks super cool! Definitely trying it out 🙂

    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 17, 2014, 12:27 pm

      Thanks Melissa! It sounds pretty strange, huh? But I promise it is good! Let me know if you try it 🙂

  • Jules @ Soulful Bearings July 19, 2014, 12:42 pm

    Ahh, I love it! Great post, can’t wait to try this. 🙂

    • ClnEatingVegGrl July 19, 2014, 2:43 pm

      Thank you, Jules!! Let me know if you do! 🙂

  • Felicity November 4, 2014, 5:26 am

    I loved them! I must confess I haven’t eaten a “real” hotdog in at least 15 years, so I was totally like “this is exactly what hotdogs are like, right?!” and my boyfriend who conversely HAS eaten the occasional “real” hotdog in the past few years was like “umm, no, that’s hilarious that you think these taste like real hotdogs. They so don’t. They taste like marinated carrots.” Well, lucky I freaking love marinated carrots then, ha!! And he still really liked them too. They are a winner of a recipe! It’s amazing how much flavour depth there is after a day of marination. Definitely using this marination trick with more veggies from now on! Thanks for a superb recipe!

    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 4, 2014, 7:18 am

      Thanks Felicity!!! They may not taste exactly like hot dogs, but they sure taste good!! Who knew marinated carrots could be so awesome?? 😉

  • Maya May 29, 2016, 5:19 am

    I want to try these but don’t have liquid smoke. How much will be lost without it? Has anyone ever tried this without?

    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 30, 2016, 1:52 pm

      You could certainly try it without the liquid smoke. Obviously they won’t have as much of the smokey taste, but I’m sure they’d still be delicious!

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