Recipe Easy Carrot Dog Recipe
Enjoy the flavourfully fun experience of a hot dog with all the benefits of plant-based nutrition and sprouted whole grains—it’s a win-win!
June 09, 2022
Our fast and Easy Carrot Dogs are a healthy, plant-based alternative that’s made even better when served on a Silver Hills Bakery Sprouted Hot Dog Bun. The buns alone are packed with loads of nutrients—boasting 5 grams of protein, 14 grams of whole grains, and 4 grams of fibre in every bun! Complemented by the smokey, comforting flavour of these deliciously easy carrot dogs, this recipe tastes just like a traditional hot dog.
It’s totally fine to reach for a pack of veggie dogs for speedy summer picnics and spur-of-the-moment backyard barbecues. But if you’re home and craving an easy summer recipe for a healthy, whole-food meal, these carrot hot dogs are a fun and flavourful plant-based choice to enjoy with your family.
It’s also a fun and creative way to get your kids to eat their veggies! Even the most veggie skeptical kids can be converted to try carrots in the context of a dish they already know and love. With the power of this plant-based hot dog recipe, eating healthy can be fun! Most kids find absurdity hilarious—and what could be funnier than using a carrot to replace a hot dog?
The best part about this recipe is how easy it is to make. For health-seeking parents who don’t have a lot of time to make complicated, multi-ingredient recipes from scratch, this carrot hot dog recipe offers a feel-good, whole food, plant-based meal that’s fast, easy, and uses ingredients you likely have at home already. You’ll need to let the carrots marinate overnight, but with just the tiniest bit of planning, you can have a tasty healthy meal that’s fully cooked and ready to eat in less than 10 minutes! Top it with your favourite toppings and you’ll have a tasty, healthy meal that everyone can enjoy. (Check out our Healthy Hot Dog Toppings article for new and unique ideas to take your plant-based hot dogs to the next level!)
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For the Easy Carrot Hot Dogs:
- 6 medium carrots (look for hot dog width carrots (¾-inch to 1-inch wide with even thickness / less taper))
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp grainy mustard (or Dijon mustard)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp smoked paprika (or a mild smoked chili powder such as ancho or chipotle (see tip))
- to taste salt and pepper
- 6 Silver Hills Sprouted Bakery Organic Hot Dog Buns
- Your family’s favourite condiments and plant-based hot dog toppings
- Peel carrots, and trim to fit length of the bun.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil (make sure the water is deep enough for the carrots to cook fully submerged).
- Add carrots, cover, and simmer until tender when poked with a fork, about 10 minutes. (Do not boil until soft—you want them to be firm like a hot dog, but not crunchy).
- Skip some dishes and combine the broth and marinade ingredients in a shallow baking dish or container with a lid, mixing well.
- Add cooked carrots to the marinade. Cover and refrigerate overnight (minimum 8 hours). Flip the carrots after a couple hours (or jiggle the container if they’re floating) so they marinate evenly on all sides.
- Heat a nonstick pan (or grill) and lightly oil. Remove carrots from container and fry or grill for about 5 minutes or until carrots have sear marks on several sides.
- Serve on Silver Hills Bakery Hot Dog Buns and add your favourite toppings!
Try these handy tips!
- Thinner carrots are best, trim thicker parts or peel them down so they’re closer to the same thickness of a regular hot dog.- If possible, choose a container that will allow the carrots to be submerged in as much liquid as possible.- No smoked paprika or other smoked chili powder in your pantry? If you’ve got liquid smoke hiding in the back of your cupboard, a few drops are a suitably smoky swap! No liquid smoke either? Add a generous squirt of your favourite plant-based barbecue sauce.- Didn’t plan for an overnight soak? You can still try these carrot dogs the same day. Instead of boiling them in water first, double the broth, vinegar, soy sauce, and spices so you have enough liquid to cover and simmer the carrots in the marinade. The flavour may be milder, but they’ll be tasty with less time.- You can grill these on the barbecue too! Give your grill grates a quick swipe with a little oil, and grill the way you would with any veggie dog.