Open-Faced Veggie Hot Dog

25 Jan

These days I am on a hot dog kick… don’t know why, but I get these sometimes.  Not often, but I do.

I love these Smart Dogs… to me, they taste like the hot dog that has a first and last name and moves around in a wiener mobile. I love them on these sprouted wheat hot dog buns.  But I can’t eat that much bread when I make myself a hot dog, so I started making them open-faced.  That way I can eat 2 dogs and only one bun…  you know, trying to keep ourselves in shape.

So now that the hot dog is exposed on top of the bun… what are we going to do so the dog does not roll away from the bun???  Easy, butterfly them.  And while we’re at it, why not crisp up the hot dog to give it more taste and texture???

So here’s my version of a great veggie hot dog…



2 Smart Dog hot dogs
1 sprouted wheat hot dog bun, defrosted and sides separated
Egg-free mayonnaise to taste
Ketchup to taste
Mustard to taste
Canola oil spray
  1. Bring to a boil a small amount of water in a small pot, about 1″to 1 ½” of water.  When the water is boiling, insert the two hot dogs and retreat from the heat.  Leave the small pot standing covered with the hot dogs submerged for about 2-3 minutes.  Do not turn off the stove…
  2. In the same burner you were boiling the water, place now a small non-stick skillet.  Spray lightly with canola oil spray and let it heat through.
  3. When the 3 minutes have passed and the skillet is hot already, take the hot dogs out of the water, pat them dry and cut them open in half length-wise.  Place them on the skillet to brown.  Turn them once the first side is crispy and golden brown.  When the second side is about to be done, turn off the stove.


4.  Meanwhile, toast the two halves of the bread.  Spread them liberally with the mayonnaise.  Place the hot dog pieces on  the bread and drizzle to taste with ketchup and mustard.


This goes great with a nice side of Lay’s Natural potato chips and a cola-flavored Ginseng-Up…  yummy!!!  Great vegetarian junk food, don’t you think???


5 Responses to “Open-Faced Veggie Hot Dog”

  1. Jonathan February 3, 2009 at 11:28 pm #

    mmmmmm. hot dogs. it’s been awhile… i must get one soon.

  2. recipes2share February 9, 2009 at 11:30 am #

    I agree on the ‘open-faced’, I so enjoyed this way of eating when we lived in Norway…so much healthier too!

  3. Gabrielle June 7, 2009 at 7:38 pm #

    Mouth watering photo! I love Smart Dogs, but I usually just split and pan fry in some olive oil, I’ve never put them in hot water first – I might need to give that a try next time.

    Know what else is good, try some Vegenaise, some diced cucumber, tomato and red onion. 🙂

  4. Dennis Borucki February 9, 2010 at 7:04 pm #

    Great Article! Hey, did you know that this blog is catalogued by Big G news?Just bumped into it on the news page…How the heck did you pull that off?haha.

  5. Lin June 17, 2010 at 11:00 am #

    Don’t know if you can get them in your area but Field Roast vegetarian dogs are AMAZING.

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