Hot dogs are something that my son has asked for because he sees them on TV (and he didn’t know what they were made of). Of course we have to make them vegan, and we don’t eat a lot of faux meats, so carrot hot dogs are perfect! They taste really nice, they’re healthy, they’re really simple to make, and they get the kids to eat vegetables! I added mashed avocado to make it even more nutritious and because it’s yummy, but you can add more traditional toppings or whatever you like. It is actually surprisingly like eating a hot dog!
I make a really easy marinade and roast the carrots in it. Some people make carrot hot dogs by boiling the carrot, and then sometimes adding the marinade and grilling them. You can do that if you like, or steam or microwave the carrots, but I like to roast them, and find it so easy. You can also change the marinade if you like, sometimes I add a little ketchup, or some herbs or spices, whatever you like.
Makes 4 hot dogs
4 medium carrots, about the length of the buns you have
4 hotdog buns or rolls (I used wholegrain rolls)
2 ripe avocados
For the marinade:
3 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp maple syrup
A little smoked paprika
Preheat the oven to about 180 degrees Celsius.
Peel the carrots and top and tail them.
Mix the marinade ingredients, except for the smoked paprika (that’s added later).
Place the carrots on a baking tray and pour the marinade over them. Turn them over so all sides get coated in the marinade.
Roast the carrots in the oven for about 40 minutes, until fairly soft, turning every now and again to coat them in the marinade more. Most of the marinade will have evaporated by the time they’re cooked. A few minutes before they’re cooked, sprinkle some smoked paprika over them (if you add it earlier it can burn).
Peel and mash the avocado. Cut open the rolls and spread some mashed avocado inside (about half an avocado for each hot dog). Place a hot dog in the bun, and add any toppings that you like.