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Homemade Vegetarian Hotdogs

Have you heard what hotdogs are made out of?  I think I repressed some of the memories from the day I found out!  But hotdogs are so delicious.  There are a number of vegetarian hotdogs available in the health-food section of most grocery stores, but the problem there is the price.  Oftentimes, these cost minimally $1 per link.

I was looking for a fresher recipe that could save me a little money, since most people I know eat more than one hotdog at a time.  I was able to develop a vegetarian hotdog that is similar in texture and taste to the typical hotdog; however, it is much cheaper than most vegetarian hotdogs on the marker and it is much less “processed” than meat-based hotdogs (with ingredients I feel good about putting in my body)!

Here is the recipe:

Homemade Vegetarian Hotdogs

Makes 9 hotdogs. Requires about 60 minutes from start to finish.


12 oz      Lite silken tofu

¼ cup    Olive oil

1/3 cup Plain, fat-free Greek yogurt

1 ¾ cup Vital wheat gluten flour

2 Tbsp   Paprika

1 Tbsp   Garlic powder

2 tsp      Black pepper

1 Tbsp   Crushed fennel seed

1 Tbsp   Dry mustard powder

1 tsp      Liquid smoke


1. Place all ingredients, except for the vital wheat gluten flour, in a blender and blend until well combined and smooth.

2. Transfer mixture to a medium-sized bowl and gradually add vital wheat gluten flour, while kneading

3. Once all mixed, you should have a ball of “dough.” Divide this into 9 sections and roll between your hands to form logs that are the size/shape you would like your hotdogs to be.

4. Cut 9 pieces of plastic wrap that are about 3-4 inches in width.

5. Roll each log in a piece of plastic wrap, then twist the ends of the wrap down.

6. Cut 9 pieces of aluminum foil, also about 3-4 inches in width.

7. Roll each plastic-wrapped log in a piece of aluminum foil, twisting the ends of the foil down in the same way as the plastic   004 (4)

8. Place the wrapped logs in a steamer and steam for about 45 minutes

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9. Remove logs from steamer (they will be very hot!) and unwrap from foil and plastic wrap

10. Grease a pan and heat over the stove

11. Gently roll the hotdogs in the pan, allowing them to become slightly crispy on the outside, then, enjoy!


Nutrition Facts: Serving size: 1 hotdog: 175 calories, 7.5 grams of fat (1 gram of saturated fat), 6.5 grams of carbohydrate (1/2 carb choice),  0.5 grams of fiber, 0.5 grams of sugar, 21 grams of protein

I would also like to emphasize that these hotdogs only have 50 mg of sodium per serving!

Nutrition facts for average of 3 popular vegetarian hotdogs: 90 calories, 3.5 grams of fat (0.5 grams of saturated fat), 6 grams of carbohydrate (0.5 carb choice), 1 gram of fiber, 0.5 grams of sugar, 9 grams of protein

and 415 mg sodium!

homemade vegetarian hotdogs





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