Carrot Dogs???? For Real???

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When I first heard someone say “carrot dogs” I laughed. I REALLY laughed when they told me that they love them and take the place of a hot dog. There is no way a carrot can taste like a hot dog. It is impossible…..or so I thought.

So I decided to try them for Memorial Day. We usually try a new dish on our get togethers  so this time it was going to be carrot dogs. Some of the dishes we love and make again and some we note in huge letters “NO”.

I really did expect them to be a failure. I just couldn’t wrap my mind around a carrot dog. I bought 10 carrots and had my husband grill 5 and I cooked 5 on the stove to see if one was better than the other.  We had all the trimmings….mustard, ketchup, onions, chili, sauerkraut, and dill relish.

I bravely made my carrot dog with all my favorite trimmings and took that first bite.

OH MY GOSH!!!  It was nothing like what I expected. This thing tasted good…..I mean really good! So I encouraged our family and friends to give it a try. Several bravely accepted the challenge…..{My family and friends love me and proved it by trying a carrot dog}. They all really liked it. Several were in as much shock as I was that they tasted as good as they did. One of my friends even encouraged me to bring it to the next church fellowship. I’m going to have to think on that one.


SO……..if you have never tried a carrot dog I strongly suggest you do. Here is the recipe that I used. It comes from clean eating veggie girls website.

I have no idea who sits around thinking up these recipes but I am so glad they do.

I love plantbased eating!!!!!

Vegan Carrot “Hot Dogs”

Servings: Makes 2 “hot dogs”


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 could also use soy sauce)
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


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.

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