Growing up in Germany, meat-heavy dishes and especially sausages are an integral part of my childhood memories. Everyone around the globe probably knows the famous Frankfurter and other German delicacies. Although you won’t necessarily find a lot of hot dog stands in German cities, sausages, on the contrary, can be found in every corner, in all shapes, sizes, and tastes. Personally, I’ve never been such a big fan of meat, but sausages I did like! Especially, with summer time and hence BBQ’s approaching, I feel the need to share with all of you an equally tasty and much more healthy alternative to the regular ‘hot dog’, such as the heavily processed veggie sausages that are out there.
I really love this one! Since I just recently visited The United States for the first time, I don’t really know how a ‘real’ hot dog is supposed to taste like (the German sausages are quite different to the ones you can find abroad). Nevertheless, for those rare occasions (and in general) I have my boyfriend’s taste buds to tell me if it’s a winner or not – and this one definitely is! Pictures of this fantastic invention have been circulating on social media for the past few months, and after eating the most delicious carrot dog in a new vegan pop-up restaurant here in Tel Aviv, I couldn’t wait but to share my own version with you guys!
I hope you’re gonna like it as much as I do – so let me know in the comments what you think!
- 4 carrots
- 4 hot dog buns
- ⅛ cup rice vinegar
- ⅛ cup apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup tamari (or soy) sauce
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp ginger, minced
- dash of liquid smoke (optional)
- tomatoes, sliced
- onion, diced
- vegan mayonnaise
- Cut off the ends of all four carrots and peel them.
- In a medium-sized pan, bring water to boil and place the carrots inside. Cook for 7-8 minutes (until fork tender).
- In the meantime mix together all the ingredients for the marinade.
- Place the carrots into an air-tight container or a zipper bag and pour the marinade on top.
- Refrigerate for 24 hours, but preferably longer so that the carrots can fully soak in the marinade.
- Heat up your hot dog buns in the oven.
- At the same time, heat up a non-sticking pan and place the soaked carrots inside. Pour about 1 Tbsp of the marinade on top of each carrot and let cook for an additional 8-10 minutes, until each side is brown (you want to make sure not to cook them too soft so that they have that nice crunch). Cooking time may vary depending on the size of your carrot, so make sure to check with a fork.
- Prepare your carrot dogs with the desired toppings (tomatoes, lettuce, ketchup, vegan mayonnaise, mustard, etc.) and enjoy!
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