by Holladay Allen
Native Foods Cafe
Today is National Hot Dog Day! Which is really exciting… if you don’t eat hot dogs, well meat-based hot dogs that is. If you haven’t heard, hot dogs are made with some pretty unsavory ingredients like meat trimmings and fat (aka all the scraps during meat processing that no one really wants to eat), lots of salt, and preservatives including erythorbate and sodium nitrate, which is believed to cause cancer. An American Institute for Cancer Research report found that consuming one 50-gram serving of processed meat — about one hot dog — every day increases risk of colorectal cancer by 20 percent (wikipedia). Wowee. Well, not to worry! Besides lots of plant-based hot dogs in stores today, there are some fantastic recipes out there so you can make your own hot diggity dogs at home…. which allows you to control the fat and sodium content. Woo hoo!
My Chicago-style dog:
So here is one I found from the PPK Kitchen and the lovely Isa Chandra. I got really excited and made a double batch, so I just doubled the ingredients below... that is why there are so many dogs.
Vegan Sausage Dogs
½ cup cooked white beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup vegetable broth
1 TBSP olive oil or tomato paste (I used the tomato paste for low fat option)
2 TBSP soy sauce (I used Liquid Aminos)
1 ¼ cups vital wheat gluten
¼ cup nutritional yeast (I was out! So I did not use)
2 cloves garlic, finely grated (I minced, so you can see pieces in the mix)
1 ½ tsp fennel seed, crushed or 1 tsp ground fennel seed
½ tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp sweet paprika
1 tsp dried oregano
½ tsp dried thyme
fresh black pepper
First off, prepare your steaming apparatus, bringing water to a full boil. I used a cheapo veggie steamer basket.
Have ready 4 square sheets of tin foil.
In a large bowl, mash the beans until no whole ones are left.
Throw all the other ingredients together in the order listed and mix with a fork. Divide dough into 4 even parts (an easy way to do this: split the dough in half and then into quarters).
Place one part of dough into tin foil and mold into about a 5-inch log. Wrap dough in tin foil, like a tootsie roll.
Place wrapped sausages in steamer and steam for 40 minutes.
That’s it! You can unwrap and enjoy immediately or refrigerate until ready to use.
Full Metal Jacket Dogs.
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