The mystery meat nature of most hot dogs skeeve us out.
And fakey substances that pose as the real thing? We’ll take a pass, thank you very much. But then Marina Benedetto’s vegan Yeah Dawg!!! came along and blew all of our pre-conceived notions away.
Benedetto’s Brooklyn-based company specializes in soy-, gluten- and chemical-free organic hot dogs that are made without any weird fillers or casings.
First, Benedetto roasts root vegetables—including potatoes, beets, sweet potatoes and carrots—and mixes them into a base of chickpea and white-rice flours. Then she rolls each dog by hand, perking up their flavor with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, garlic, onion, parsley and cilantro.
The dogs can’t compare in price to the pinkish oblong franks at your corner bodega, but then these dogs are a triumph of a bounty of ingredients with both real chew and great texture.
Find fully-loaded Dawgs ($8 to $10, with toppings like ruby red sauerkraut, pineapple pickles, coconut bacon, cashew mayo and more) Pine Box Rock Shop pop-up, or order a pack from Good Eggs ($15 for four) and try them out with your favorite combination at home.