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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. 

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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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Carrie1 year 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.

Amanda1 year 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 Reilly1 year 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

Astrid1 year 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 Koller1 year 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 A1 year 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.

Andrew Meades8 months ago
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Anyone know if they can be jarred and stored that way for easy cooking without the long marination?

If so, what would be the steps?

Thanks!

Bethany McMillan1 year 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.

Ellie2 years 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 Hallstedt1 year ago
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These exceeded my expectations! So easy to make too!

Jen2 years 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 Wilford2 years ago
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I can’t imagine this tasting like a hot dog, so I’ll just have to try this!!!

Kelly2 years 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 Novellino2 years ago
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Delicious and easy! I will be making this again sokn

Claudia Novellino2 years ago
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Easy to make an absolutely delicious!! Would definitely have again.

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Nancy Macklin, RDN

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. Macklin 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. Find her on LinkedIn.

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