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Chef Del Sroufe Has Created Carrot Dogs That Actually Taste Like Hot Dogs!

Chef Del has created an amazing replacement for hot dogs that had my eyes popping open at the first bite. His carrot dogs really do taste like hot dogs! Smother them with his lentil chili and no one would ever know they were eating something healthy. His recipe for carrot dogs can be found in his upcoming cookbook, The China Study Family Cookbook, slated to be released May, 2017. Can’t wait until next May to try out these babies? No worries! Chef Del has agreed to allow me to share his recipe for carrot dogs with you!
Course: Guest Chef Recipes, Lunch
Cuisine: American Comfort Food
Keyword: carrot, hot dogs, vegan
Servings: 6 carrot dogs


  • 6 large carrots peeled, ends trimmed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup tamari
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon mace
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 recipe Lentil Chili The China Study Family Cookbook


  • Bring a 2-quart pot of water to a boil. Add the carrots and bring the pot back to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and let the carrots simmer 8 to 10 minutes, or until they are tender (how long this takes depends upon the size of your carrots). Remove the carrots from the water and rinse them under cool water to stop the cooking.
  • While the carrots are cooking, combine the water, tamari, red wine vinegar, garlic, mustard powder, coriander, granulated onion, mace smoked paprika, and black pepper in a baking dish. Add the carrots to the dish and cover the dish with plastic. Refrigerate the carrots overnight (for at least 12 hours) to marinade.
  • To cook the hot dogs, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the carrots and the marinade. Cook the carrots for about 10 minutes, or until most of the marinade has evaporated, and the dogs have started to brown.
  • Serve in a bun with your favorite toppings.


For the Young Cook: Make sure to choose carrots of equal size so that they all cook at the same time. Measure spices carefully. Overdo it and the spices can over power the flavor with unwanted results.