Vegan carrot Chicago dogs

Updated: Aug 9, 2019

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Carrot Chicago dogs, "hot dogs"...from carrots. Amazing or sacrilege- you decide. Those who yearn for meat-free options to this All-American fav can join in the Labor Day festivities and break out the peeler and fire up the oven for this twist on a classic.

vegan carrot Chicago dogs
vegan carrot Chicago dogs

Making the "dog"


6 medium carrots, peeled

6 sub or hoagie rolls

2 T. soy sauce or Bragg liquid aminos 1/4 c. vegetable broth

1/4 c. apple cider vinegar

1 tsp. real maple syrup or date syrup

1/2 tsp. liquid smoke (I used Stubbs- Hickory)

1/2 tsp. smoked paprika

1/2 tsp. onion powder

Chicago dog toppings

6 Gherkins, sliced lengthwise


1 small onion, chopped

6-12 peppercinos

1 c. cherry tomatoes

celery salt, to sprinkle



1. Preheat oven to 425°. Round the ends of the carrots to resemble a hot dog shape. Place in a small shallow baking pan.

2. Whisk all remaining liquids and spices together in a small bowl. Pour the mixture over carrots and cover pan with foil.

3. Place the baking dish in the oven and roast carrots for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and remove foil. Use a spoon or turkey baster to drizzle liquid on carrots. Roast for another 20 minutes, until the carrots are tender.

4. Place carrots in sub rolls, top with mustard, relish, gherkins, onions, tomatoes, peppercino, and sprinkle with celery salt.


1. For grill marks, heat a grill pan to medium high and lightly grill carrots on one or both sides.

2. Make a diy "dog" bar and set out toppings for guests to top themselves.

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