Who says Hot Dogs should be made with meat?? Well I don’t so I made mine with SWEET POTATOES instead.. The mint chutney is just the icing on to cake…
In the human world there are times when you instantly connect with a long lost cousin or a distant relative that you have just met. It just feels as if you have known the very same person for years. I had a very similar experience but in the world of food when I discovered a distant relative of the humble “POTATO”. Yes!! I am indeed talking about the relatively unassuming ‘SWEET POTATO”. It took just a modest glance for me to be impressed. The connection was instantaneous and the end result; lipsmackingly delicious “SWEET POTATO HOT DOGS”!!!!
This week my colleagues and I were finally allowed to move into our new workspace so things have been absolutely crazy. The lab feels like a second home these days because all of us have been spending fifteen-hour workdays constantly unpacking boxes. It got to the point where someone commented that she felt like it was a Christmas nightmare where you do not like any present that you open (CHUCKLES!!!).
We were at it even yesterday when we decided to take a break and go out for lunch at a nearby burger place. Seeing the eclectic décor and menu I decided to try something different which turned out to be a whimsical burger and sweet potato fries. The burger was absolutely juicy and succulent but I was more impressed with the fries, which to me were absolutely divine. I did not know it at that time but the fries turned out to be the inspiration for this recipe.
We are just a week removed from the Super Bowl and I still haven’t got over my craving for game day food. Nothing says game day food than burgers and “HOT DOGS”. For a reason I cannot fathom I decided to make meatless hot dogs with the ubiquitous spud and a bunch of veggies. The problem is when I went grocery shopping the lingering taste of the fries from the previous day made me buy the sweet potatoes instead (LAUGHS!!!).
Clean the sweet potatoes under running water. Pierce the sweet potato skin 6-8 times. Place it in a bowl/plate and microwave for 6 minutes, rotating halfway through. Let it cool, remove the skin and mash the sweet potatoes. In a bowl combine mashed sweet potatoes, cooked corn and green peas, shredded carrots, ginger garlic paste, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala, rice flour, cilantro and salt. Mix.
Scoop equal amounts of the mixture with an ice cream scoop and gently press it around the skewers. Cook the skewers on the skillet till golden brown on the outside. Now it is time for y’all to go nuts as far as the sauces and toppings are concerned. As for me I made two sauces a tangy mint chutney as well as a buffalo sauce recommended by a fellow blogger.
Take a hot dog bun. Add the dogs. Drizzle with mint chutney &/Or buffalo sauce. Add toppings of your choice and DIG IN!!!!
I do not mean to brag but these Sweet Potato Hot Dogs are so good that they do not need toppings. They are sweet and spicy and bursting with flavors in every single bite..
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- 2 Sweet Potatoes
- ⅓ cup Corn (cooked)
- ⅓ cup Green Peas (cooked)
- ⅓ cup Carrot (shredded)
- ½ tsp Cumin Powder
- ½ tsp Coriander Powder
- ¾ tsp Garam Masala
- 1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
- 3 tbsp Rice flour
- Salt to taste
- Hot Dog Buns
- 4 Skewers
- ¼ cup Yogurt
- ⅓ cup Fresh Cilantro
- ½ cup Mint Leaves
- ½ Jalapeno
- 1½ tbsp Lemon Juice
- Salt to taste
- ⅓ cup Hot sauce
- ½ cup Melted butter
- Clean the sweet potatoes under running water. Pierce the potato skin 6-8 times. Place it in a bowl/plate and microwave for 6 minutes, rotating halfway through. Let it cool, remove the skin and mash the sweet potatoes.
- In a bowl combine mashed sweet potatoes, cooked corn and green peas, shredded carrots, ginger garlic paste, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala, rice flour, cilantro and salt.
- Scoop equal amounts of the mixture with an ice cream scoop and gently press it around the skewers.
- Cook the skewers on a skillet till golden brown on both sides.
- Take a hot dog bun. Drizzle with mint chutney & or buffalo sauce. Add the dogs.
- Add toppings of your choice and DIG IN!