Oven Hot dogs- vegan style

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Secret sharing time- I have an unhealthy love of hot dogs. I partly blame living in Chicago given that I am a hot dog purist (put the ketchup down and nobody gets hurt). Hot dogs were honestly the hardest part of being vegetarian until I discovered meatless dog alternatives. Add to that, several dog stands in the city that offer vegan options and I find that I’m never too far from a good hot dog.

Behold the glory that is the oven hot dog. These have been a favorite of mine since well before I went vegan or even vegetarian. So naturally, I had to find a way to make these babies vegan. With the availability of substitutes and things, it is definitely much easier now than I suspect it would have been years ago.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 package hot dogs (I used SmartLife brand)
  • 1 package hot dog buns
  • vegan mayo
  • mustard
  • dill or sweet relish
  • 1 can vegetarian chili
  • vegan cheddar shreds

Steps:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. Apply a generous spread of mayo, mustard, and relish to the hot dog buns.
  3. Add dogs to buns and place in a sprayed casserole dish.
  4. Top each dog with a helping of chili and cheese.
  5. Put into the oven for 45 minutes.

The buns get crispy while the insides melt into a mess of toppings, hot dog, and goodness. They definitely require a fork and knife- be warned.