Thursday, April 17, 2014

Homemade Vegan Hotdogs

I totally made vegan hot dogs! I'm so impressed with myself :) This was my first go at it and they were pretty delicious! My husband and I quit the fake me officially in January. The only thing we eat is tofu, seitan and tempeh and we don't eat either of those often. We started to cut back on the fake burgers, chicken, etc. over the years. Really only eating them when we were in the mood for junk food or if we were having a BBQ. Since quiting all the mock meats, we've never felt better! However, that doesn't mean that I don't miss grilling a good burger or a couple hot dogs with some Daiya Cheese, especially while being outside on a beautiful day. So, I'm very happy to say that we can still enjoy a classic cook out, but healthier. 

Vegan Hot Dogs

1/4 t tumeric
1/4 t curry 
1/2 t garlic powder
1/4 t cumin 
1/4 t paprika
1/4 t pepper
1 t celery salt
1.5 t salt
2 t whole grain mustard
1/2 t smoke flavor
2 T soy sauce
2 T vegetable oil 
1 t arrow root
1/3 C almond meal
1 C vital wheat gluten
1 package firm tofu
1 red onion, chopped into medium size pieces 

Place everything but almond meal, VWG and arrow root into a deep bowl. Use hand mixer and blend everything together. I left chunks of onion but you can also use a food processor and blend everything until smooth, if you prefer.

Next, add dry ingredients and mix with spoon.

Stir until light, fluffy dough forms.

Cut little rectangles of parchment about the size of your hand. I made about 17 hot dogs with this mix but depending on the size you want, you'll need more or less paper. Do the same with foil.

Scoop about a tablespoon of dough into your hand and roll into ball. Then start rolling that into a log. Then place on parchment.

Roll the parchment around the dough then do the same with the foil, like you would with corn on the cob.

Now, fill a pot with a little water and place your steam tray on the top. Put about 7 or 8 hot dogs in steamer and set timer for 55 minutes. 

When timer goes off, remove from heat. Unwrap, and they should look much darker than they started off. They'll be firm at this point also, so you could grill them or just eat right away. 

Hope this was helpful to all you vegans who don't want to eat those nasty store bought veggie dogs. Or for all of you who want to try something new. Let me know what you think!