Friday, April 1, 2016

Carrot Dogs

We first had Carrot Dogs at our favorite vegetarian restaurant and loved them.  A friend passed along this recipe and they are quite easy to make and very flavorful.

The Carrots need to marinate for 6-24 hours but shouldn’t marinate longer than that.  The recipe author states to "Not Overcook" – but I think I actually undercooked.  They shouldn’t be soggy but mine still had a bite to them.  Just carefully monitor as you are cooking.  We will definitely make them again.

The Best Vegan Carrot Dog Recipe Ever
Created by: Deborrah of BlacksGoingVegan.Com
Recipe Type: Light Meals
Number Servings: 8-10

What You Need
8-10 organic carrots (size and shape described above)
2 cups of water
2 Tablespoons liquid smoke
¼ cup Bragg's Aminos or Tamari sauce
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon kosher salt
¼ cup low sodium vegetable, not-chicken broth, or water
¼ cup red wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon maple syrup

How to Do It
Peel the carrots, shaping them with peeler to an even roundness. Trim the ends to fit your buns in length.
Place about 2 cups of water in a skillet and heat to boiling; add carrots and cover, simmer along for 8-10 minutes or until carrots are fork tender. Do not overcook!

While carrots are cooking, prepare your marinade by combining ingredients into a small bowl.

When carrots have cooked sufficiently, immediately pour contents of pot into a colander and drain, then run cold water over carrots to stop the cooking process.
Place carrots in an air-tight container large enough for all the carrots to lay flat (a zip style plastic freezer bag also works well). Place in refrigerator and allow carrots to marinate for 6-24 hours.
Place carrots and a few tablespoons of marinade in a hot non-stick skillet, and cook, allowing marinade to caramelize the carrots and create a nice brown exterior coating.
If you prefer, you can bake the carrot dogs in their marinade for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees, turning halfway through to brown evenly. OR you can grill them over low coals.

Serve with your favorite sides and toppings.

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