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Friday, May 11, 2012

Japanese inspired "hot dogs" & wasabi fries

I am a huge fan of Japanese food, all I need are some cucumber (Maki) rolls, a seaweed salad and some edamame and I am good to go. When I recently read the new issue of VegNews they had a recipe called "Negimiso Veggie Dog & Wasabi Oven Fries" that made my mouth water.

It looks like a strange combination but trust me it was delicious and simple to make.

Veggie Dog
Serves 4
Miso Sauce
  • 1/4 cup of hot water
  • 2 TB white or yellow miso
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp arrowroot powder
Hot dogs
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil (I used EVOO)
  • 2 cups of thinly shredded green cabbage (I am not usually a fan but it made the dish)
  • 2 long hoagie rolls (use a hearty bun than a hot dog bun)
  • 4 large veggie dogs (I used FieldRoast- see comments below)
  • 2 scallions (optional)
  1. For the miso sauce, whisk together all ingredients until smooth over medium-low heat, and stir constantly for 3-5 mins until thick and smooth. Remove from heat and cover.
  2. For the cabbage, heat oil in a pan and stir fry cabbage until crisp, about 2 mins. Transfer to a bowl and set aside
  3. Cook hot dog according to package directions

Wasabi Oven Fries
Serves 4
  • 4 cuts of russet potatoes, scrubbed, and sliced 1/2" thick
  • 2 TB peanut oil or veg oil
  • 1 TB wasabi powder
  • 2 TB aonori seaweed flakes (you can also used dulse)
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar (I used mirin)

  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss potato slices with oil and spread in a single layer on the pan. Roast for 20 minutes, then flip fries. Roast for another 4-8 mins until crisp.
  2. In a small bowl combine seaweed, wasabi, sugar and salt.
  3. Remove fries from the oven and sprinkle with the rice vinegar and toss. Then sprinkle the wasabi mixture above and toss again. Serve immediately.
** I tend to shy away from all "fake" meat and enjoy hearty whole foods instead. When I saw this tasty recipe I decided to go on the hunt for a real substitute and ended up trying Field Roast- frankfurters original (they have many varieties). I am so happy with my choice, they even smelled like hot dogs and were a perfect addition to the recipe above.

Here is a blurb from the company- At Field Roast we believe “real” is better than fake. That’s why our old world-style vegetarian frankfurters are made using the simple tenets of good cooking, real ingredients and uncomplicated techniques. Fresh garlic, fresh onions and our own traditional blend of spices make the difference.

.....I think I may be making this recipe again tomorrow :)

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