We are all lucky to have Joni Marie Newman making vegan recipes for us to enjoy, such as Cozy Inside, Just the Burgers, 500 Vegan Recipes, and the upcoming Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions. Joni was nice enough to share a few recipes from the newest book to get us all excited for its publication.
Not having much patience, I decided to try out the vegan corndog recipe now instead of waiting for the full book. I want to say at the outset that I've not made a ton of seitan or seitan-based recipes yet. I love seitan, but I never think to make it and have had very mixed results in the past. Despite some serious failures, I decided to persevere with the All American Hot Dogs instead of buying some at the store. Since I'm all alone here, I only made half the hot dog recipe. Each of my four hot dog packages "exploded" a bit in the oven. My big advice on this one would be to wrap it up in several layers to try to avoid it. Even with the shoddy packaging, the hot dogs all ended up mostly hot dog shaped (mostly ... poor guy at the bottom).
After your hotdogs are ready, just mix up some beer-cornbread-batter. I used an IPA for my beer, and I think it was a mistake. It's a very distinctive taste, and probably not the best one for this application. You live, you learn.
Once your hotdogs are fully coated in cornbread batter, dip them into the fryer until brown and crispy. I had to cut my dogs in half so that I could fit them in my small fryer.
* Got this little beauty for $5 on craigslist. I love that site *
Finally you've got some 100% homemade vegan corndogs! No matter what you may think about this much effort going into a corndog, the end result is tasty and satisfying. I definitely need to keep working on my seitan-making skillz. And I think the hot dogs could have benefited from a touch of salt and possibly some pepper. But all in all, these are great.
One Hot Stove's Blog Bites Challenge for this month. Yes, that says "first" entry. I'm hoping to find a nutburger recipe to rival the one at Sunflower Natural Restaurant in Fair Oaks, CA. I was lucky enough to eat there once in 2008 and I've been thinking about that burger ever since! If anyone has any insight into the secrets of this burger, please let me know.