The other day I was suddenly struck by a furious craving for bagel dogs. I hadn’t had a bagel dog since before becoming a vegetarian after high school. So it had been many, MANY years. Realizing that almost any recipe can be veganized, I did a quick search for vegan bagel dogs and happened upon this easy-peasy recipe from bunnyfoot. Here is my adapted version:
Vegan Bagel Dogs
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 Tablespoon sugar
1 ½ teaspoon yeast
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups flour
vegan hot dogs
Mix the sugar into the warm water. Sprinkle in yeast and let it sit. It should start to froth.
Add flour and salt and knead until a nice smooth ball forms. I did this in my food processor with the dough blade and it took approximately 3-5 minutes. If you use your processor, be sure to scrape down the sides.
Let the dough rest for at least 20 minutes.
Flour a work surface and divide the dough ball into 4-8 parts, depending on the size of the hot dogs you are using. I had 8 regular sized dogs. Roll each section into a long snake and the roll flat with a pin.
Start at one end of a flattened section and roll a hot dog up in the dough at an angle so the whole dog is covered. Once all dogs are rolled up, let them rest again, for about 20 minutes.
While they rest, bring a large pot of water to a boil. It must have enough room for the dogs to be covered and float, so at least 4 inches. I used my huge stock pot and filled it most of the way. Add 1-2 Tbsp of sugar to the boiling water.
Place the well-rested wrapped up dogs in the boiling water quickly and cover with a lid to retain heat. Boil for about 1 minute. Carefully remove and drain the wrapped up dogs and put onto a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet.
Now is the time to have fun with the toppings! I sprinkled kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper on top of ours but you could do anything! Any seasonings, herbs, spices, seeds, go for it!
Bake the bagel dogs at 450°f for 15-20 minutes, until the outer layer of the dough is nice and golden. Then just try to wait a few minutes before scarfing them down!
Seriously, these were so very tasty and took me back to childhood. They were just as I remembered! While they are slightly labor-intensive, they are excellent freezers – so make a huge batch and save some for another day! I just wrapped them in a paper towel and heated on high for 1 minute. They came back perfectly!