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Veggie Hot Dogs

As a vegetarian friend eating these said "I never realized that hot dog taste is mostly just the flavor of 'grilled' and sort of savory."


  • 2 portabello mushroom caps cut into ¾ inch thick slices
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
  • 2 tbs oil


  1. TOSS the mushroom strips with oil, salt and pepper and let them sit for a few minutes to marinate while you heat up the grill.
  2. PREHEAT the grill to a medium-high heat. You're aiming for something around 400 but it's not an exact science.
  3. COOK the mushroom strips for 3-4 minutes a side, about 8 minutes total. If they are getting too brown but don't seem cooked through, move them to a cooler grill spot or turn the heat down. Make sure they're still a bit juicy when they're done and err on undercooking rather than over. They're just mushrooms after all.Like regular hot dogs, these are best grilled-to-order because they're best hot off the grill. And since they take less than 10 minutes to cook, it's easy to throw some on when you need them. Any leftovers can be tossed over a salad or enjoyed with a dollop of mustard.