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