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  • Makes 8 carrot dogs

Don’t doubt the deliciousness of carrot dogs until you’ve tasted one. Cooked whole carrots soak up tons of flavor from a smoky marinade. Though these carrot dogs need four hours to marinade, this recipe requires only about 20 minutes of active prep time.

Carrot Dogs

Ingredients

  • 8 large carrots
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • Dash ground cloves
  • 8 whole wheat hot dog buns, toasted if desired
  • ½ of a red onion, finely chopped (¼ cup)
  • 3 tablespoons stone-ground mustard
  • ½ of a medium cucumber, spiralized

Instructions

  1. Peel carrots and trim to 6 inches long. Trim wide end to make a consistent thickness. Place carrots in a large saucepan; add water to cover. Cover pan and bring to boiling; reduce heat to low. Cook carrots 8 to 10 minutes, until just tender. Drain well.
  2. Place carrots in a large resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish. For marinade, in a bowl combine the next 11 ingredients (through cloves) and ½ cup water. Pour over carrots; seal bag. Chill 4 to 24 hours, turning occasionally. Drain and discard marinade.
  3. Grill carrots, covered, over medium-high 5 to 8 minutes or until grill marks start to appear, turning occasionally. Or place carrots in a foil-lined baking pan and bake at 450°F 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned on edges.
  4. Place grilled carrots in buns. Top with red onion, mustard, and cucumber.

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Lynn Rooks1 month ago
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These carrot dogs are absolutely amazing. I used my own baked bread with these.

kokoro nagomu2 months ago
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don’t boil them in water, just add the spices to the water you’re going to boil them in…. when they’re cool freeze leftover carrot dogs in sandwich bags with a tablespoon of cooking broth… use the left over spiced cooking broth to cook beans from scratch…. put an inch or two of dry beans (anything but kidney beans, kidney beans need to be boiled for a while so no slow cooker) use beans like pinto, black beans, small lima, navy, cranberry beans, etc. into a slow cooker crock and cover with 3 inches of water above the beans and soak overnight. drain soaked beans, pour carrot dog broth and water to cover beans about two inches over, cook on high for a few hours… add cumin seeds, mustard seed, rosemary and/or whatever seasonings you like (allspice, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg etc). you can even add chopped onion and peppers… and then continue cooking on low until soft enough to squish them between your fingers. …. while cooking you might need to add boiling water to keep liquid level just above the beans.

Lucy Huron2 months ago
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I reduced the liquid smoke ingredient and cooked on my outdoor smoker until crisp on the outside yet tender on the inside. These were delicious!

Jessica King3 months ago
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Excellent

Beth3 months ago
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These are surprisingly delicious! Can’t wait to have them again

Jennifer3 months ago
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I made these tonight for dinner. I did not have time to boil them and then marinate them so I boiled them in the marinade then grilled them. These were so delicious.

Tina4 months ago
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These were delicious!

Maggie Shayne4 months ago
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I couldn’t wait to try these. I just knew they would work, and they did! I think soaking in the brine for 48 hours might be even better, so we’re leaving some in to try them again tomorrow. Wonderful recipe! Who would’ve thought?

KCL4 months ago
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Have you ever tried without the liquid smoke? I’m thinking maybe the smoky paprika is enough… Thanks!

Maggie Shayne4 months ago
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I didn’t have smoked paprika and used regular. I thought the same, that the liquid smoke would be enough. And it was.

Beth4 months ago
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My husband said he was skeptical, but he liked them! I like them better than regular hot dogs and they are guilt free. Regular hot dogs are 70 %f fat.

Carrie4 months ago
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A hit! I was inspired to make these after reading the rave reviews. They were AWESOME!! With all the fixings, smoked paprika and liquid smoke, they tasted like grilled hot dogs.

Amanda4 months ago
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Hi! Would these keep for a few days in the fridge if I made in advance? Can’t wait to try 🙂

Sherry Reilly4 months ago
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I don’t have liquid smoke. Do you feel it to be a key ingredient or can I dom without it this time? I’m excited to try this

Astrid2 months ago
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I live in a country where liquid smoke isn’t available. Did make yours without it, and if you did was it still delicious?
Thank you

Anita M Koller4 months ago
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Liquid smoke gives it a smokie flavor. It’s pretty cheap and easy to find in most grocery stores.

Heather A4 months ago
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Strictly made this based on the number of 5 star reviews and BOY am I glad I did. Followed the marinade to a T and let the carrots sit for about 5 hours. My mother in law (playfully) made fun of me and changed her tune after she had a bite! Will one thousand percent make again.

Bethany McMillan5 months ago
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“This has got to be the strangest thing you’ve ever made.” His first words.
His last words were, “be sure to save this recipe.”
We did not use the grill but I found a hot cast iron skillet provided the perfect char.

Ellie5 months ago
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Just had these. Sooo very good! The marinade was perfect! I let mine marinade for a few hours and the dogs had a lovely smoky flavour to them. But you know what put these over the top? Proper stone ground mustard. Don’t use Dijon. Don’t use yellow. Get the real stuff. It works soooo well with this recipe!! Definitely going to be my summer go to!

Lindsey Hallstedt5 months ago
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These exceeded my expectations! So easy to make too!

Jen5 months ago
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Absolutely amazing! I honestly wasn’t expecting much but we found them to be similar to the real thing! Just as satisfying! This will be our ‘hotdog’ meal from now on.

Susan Wilford5 months ago
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I can’t imagine this tasting like a hot dog, so I’ll just have to try this!!!

Kelly6 months ago
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I’ll admit, I was very doubtful with this recipe. No way could a carrot be as satisfying as an occasional hot dog! But I’m all for new recipes, and has to try it. I marinated the carrots for 24 hours since that time frame coincided with my husband coming home and of course I was going to try these with him! The process was simple, and we followed the recipe to a T. E were both very pleasantly surprised! Don’t skip the liquid smoke, it really gave that extra little something. Give it a try! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Claudia Novellino6 months ago
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Delicious and easy! I will be making this again sokn

Claudia Novellino6 months ago
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Easy to make an absolutely delicious!! Would definitely have again.

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Nancy Macklin has a bachelor of science in dietetics from Iowa State University and a master of science in health services administration from the University of Saint Francis. Nancy worked as a hospital-based clinical dietitian, providing counseling for diabetes, heart disease, and weight loss and as a food service director in health care dining sites. She now serves as a test kitchen dietitian, developing 500+ recipes per year. She is a member of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics and International Association of Culinary Professionals.

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