Have you heard of carrot dogs? I was only introduced to the concept about a month or so ago, but was immediately intrigued. I am always looking for new vegetarian options when it comes to grilling, and the idea of using carrots as a sort of hot dog blew my mind.
Whole carrots are quickly boiled until just fork tender and are then marinated overnight in a sweet, savory and smoky mixture. When ready to enjoy, the carrots are thrown on the grill for just a few minutes for a bit of char and to heat back up. They are easy to make, packed with flavor, and not to mention just so much fun!
Now, the amount of time you’ll need to boil your carrots may vary slightly depending on their exact thickness. You want them to be just fork tender — i.e. not completely cooked since they will be going on the grill the following day and will cook a bit more during this time.
And as for the marinade, it is important to keep the carrots in a single layer in the plastic baggie while in the fridge. This ensures that they all get coated evenly. I also like to give them a toss in the baggie about halfway through the process, to further ensure that everything is soaking up in an even manner. But this step is not at all necessary.
Finally, I couldn’t resist topping the carrot dogs with a simple mango avocado salsa and crispy red cabbage. The flavors pair incredibly well with the ingredients in the marinade and have a fun tropical vibe. But, you can absolutely serve with any desired toppings of choice!Print this recipe
Prep time does not include time for the carrots to marinate overnight.
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