Thursday, January 19, 2012

Veggie dogs, now with video!

A long way back I came up with a recipe for making your own vegetarian hot dogs.  I finally got around to making a crude video for it. So, I am reposting my original recipe with a link to the video. Enjoy! Or at least compliment yourself on your far cleaner, more organized kitchen!  By the way, my son was helping me cook, so he was wearing a bib as an apron. I swear, he doesn't still wear a bib! He wants me to stress this point :)

After several batches, I came up with a recipe for veggie hot dogs that suits my family's palate.  The nice thing about this recipe is it is for a basic hot dog.  It will accommodate many tastes as is, but could be reworked by adding favorite spices, such as red pepper flakes to become a specialty dog.  There really aren't many recipes out there.  I first tried the recipe on this site, thrifty living, which was really good, but too tofu-ish and soft for my taste.  I also looked at vegan Dad's recipe, but did not try it.  I combined this with my experience working with seitan and finally came up with this recipe after several tries.  Here goes!

Veggie (Vegan) Hot Dogs
1/2  of a 15.5 oz. can of chickpeas (about 3/4 cup or so)
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2/3 cup water
3 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup finely diced onion
2 tsp paprika 
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp minced garlic
2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1 cup + 3 Tbsp Vital Wheat Gluten 
1.  Combine in blender all ingredients EXCEPT Vital wheat gluten and nutritional yeast.  Liquefy!!!!
2.  Combine this with the vital wheat gluten and nutritional yeast in a bowl by hand or in a mixer with a bread hook.  If doing by hand, knead until it no longer sticks to the bowl and is well combined.
3.  Dump out and pat into pizza shape.  Cut into 8 equal slices, like cutting a pizza.

4.  Roll each slice into a hot dog shape and place each on their own piece of foil, close like a candy wrapper. 
If you like a very smooth lovely shape, first wrap with a small piece of parchment paper and then foil.

5.  Place in a steamer with seams facing down and steam for 45 minutes.

6.  You can now eat them or you can chill or freeze for later, dropping the unwrapped defrosted wieners (love that word ;p ) into boiling water for 2 minutes.  They can also be pan fried if you want  that sort of thing.  I imagine these would be nice on the grill, but it is winter, so I'll wait to try that out.
7. Enjoy!!!!!! 

Update: If you like this, check out some other great ideas at frugal days, sustainable ways blog hop!


  1. thank you. trying to remove some of the processed food from our diet and could not figure what to do for my 3y/o daughter smartdog favorite meal.

  2. Susan, that is so awesome that you are cutting down on processed foods. What a loving thing to do for your family! These are really great cut up into baked beans, in an omelette or served up with sauerkraut. I love them with homemade buns or baked fries too. I hope you enjoy them!

  3. Thanks for posting this .Our family is totally vegatarian, so this is very nice to try some vegan hot dog for my children.

  4. The video and recipe are clear and the product is better than any veg. hotdog I have ever bought in a store. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you for the wonderful comments! I'm so glad there are other people out there looking for more natural ways to feed their families than what the local grocer has to offer!

  5. This is fabulous. I am always looking for things to make for my family in place of overprocessed foods.

  6. I just finished making your veggie dogs. They were so good!

  7. I made these last night and loved them.