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Vegan Hot Dogs / Lil' Smokeys

What you need: 

1/2 cup white beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup onion, very finely minced
1 garlic clove, very finely minced
1 teaspoon finely ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/4 teaspoon ground mace
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard seed
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt and pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar or maple syrup
1 cup vegetable broth
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 1/4 cups vital wheat gluten

What you do: 

1. Prepare a steamer basket. In a food processor or a large bowl, mash beans until they look like mush. Now, mix in your onion, garlic and spices (from the coriander to the sugar).
2. Next, add the broth, vegetable oil, soy sauce, liquid smoke and nutritional yeast. Mix it all up. Add the vital wheat gluten. It is essential that you add the gluten last because otherwise your spices will make a spiral through everything and it is disgusting.
3. Now mix it all together until it looks like bread dough. Okay, this is the fun part. Tear off sheets of aluminum foil. Form dough into long skinny strips, about 1/2" thick and 5" long (or for lil' smokeys, 1 1/2" x 1/4"). They will not look like hot dogs, yet.
4. Roll them in the foil (with ends twisted) and place them in your steamer. Let them steam for 40 minutes. They will expand. After that, unwrap them and store them in an air tight container or eat them.
This recipe makes between 30-45 lil' smokeys and up to 12 hot dogs depending on the size you form them into.
Source of recipe: This recipe is great. It was created for my son Jonah because I want him to have all the experiences with food that I have had. If you'd like, these go great with the corn dog batter that I wrote some time back (http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=36834.0).

Preparation Time: 
1 hour, Cooking time: 40 mins
Cooking Time: 
40 mins
Servings: 
20-35

SO HOW'D IT GO?

I made hotdogs and they were awesome!  I was just looking at some vegan sausage at my grocery store: they were $5, 270 calories each, and loaded with sodium.  I thought of this recipe in my box and knew this was the better way to go.  I followed the recipe to the letter and wouldn't change a thing.

Some of my wieners turned out pretty hideously, so I would recommend to others to really work the shape of your link while they are still soft.

I ate my first link with potatoes and sauerkraut and will dice and saute some later this week to include in a jambalaya.  Very versatile, delicious and fun to make! Thank you so much!

Thank you for the review! I too was astounded by the price tag on sausages and hot dogs at my grocery store. Also, the lack of "Lil' Smokey's" for vegans and vegetarians. Either way, I am happy you enjoyed them. Good luck with the jambalaya.

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I made hotdogs and they were awesome!  I was just looking at some vegan sausage at my grocery store: they were $5, 270 calories each, and loaded with sodium.  I thought of this recipe in my box and knew this was the better way to go.  I followed the recipe to the letter and wouldn't change a thing.

Some of my wieners turned out pretty hideously, so I would recommend to others to really work the shape of your link while they are still soft.

I ate my first link with potatoes and sauerkraut and will dice and saute some later this week to include in a jambalaya.  Very versatile, delicious and fun to make! Thank you so much!

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