Saturday, June 1, 2013

"Pigs" in a Blanket

Matawan, NJ

I went to visit my family in NJ recently,  and whenever I do, I like to cook them all a big vegan feast.  It can be tricky sometimes to come up with something that everyone will like.  Especially children, in my case, because I like spices and bold flavors, most of my food is not the most kid friendly.  But my neice and nephews would be joining us in the feasting, and I wanted to make sure I made something they would like too.   So, I found a recipe for all natural vegan hotdogs made from....carrots.  Wait!  Stay with me now!  I know I know, it sounds absurd.  In fact, my brother, said something like, "If I knew you were going to serve me a carrot on a bun, I would have stopped at the hotdog stand on my way home."  But the carrots are cooked and marinated in a perfect hotdoggy seasoned combination, they are sure to please all hotdog lovers (including my brother) and children!  I altered the recipe slightly for some fun, I decided to go with my favorite hotdoggy party food, Pigs in a Blanket.  The blanket is made with my light flakey whole wheat biscuit recipe.  You need to try this!

vegan pigs in a blanket, biscuit blanket
Pigs In A Blanket

Prepare the hotdogs in advance.  You will need a few hours to marinate them.
For the original hotdog recipe click here.

*Instead of bun length carrots, use baby carrots, or peeled carrots cut into thirds.  I also substituted tamari for the coconut aminos.  I've made these before substituting the coconut aminos with soy sauce or Braggs liquid aminos.  They all work.  Use what you have.

For the Biscuit Blanket:
2 cups white whole wheat flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
6 tbsp vegetable shortening
3/4 cup water

Preheat oven 400º.
In a large bowl, mix and breifly knead biscuit ingredients.  Add more water if needed. On a floured surface, roll out dough to approx 1/4" thick.  cut rolled dough into 3 inch squares (baby carrot length).  Turn each square so a corner is on top & bottom, like a diamond.  Lay a baby carrot on each diamond, top corner to bottom corner.  Tuck the left corner over the carrot, under the right corner and press to seal.  Lay each one on a sprayed baking sheet.  Bake at 400º for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve with your favorite hotdog toppings.  I highly recommend some spicy yellow mustard!

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  1. I think those are adorable! I've been trying to think of way to do corn carrot dogs too. Thanks so much for linking to my recipe for the marinade.

    1. Kathy, Thank you for the original recipe! My whole family was very pleasantly surprised with how much they actually tasted like hotdogs. Please let me know when the corn dogs come about, that sounds right up my alley!