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Gourmet Hot Dog: Cool Ray Dog

Updated on September 21, 2017
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Tom Lohr has eaten a hot dog at all 30 MLB ballparks and is the author of "Gone to the Dogs: In Search of the Best Ballpark Hot Dog."

Sometimes its tough being a vegetarian, especially during the summer and fall cookout season. Your pals are slapping those tempting, grease dripping hot dog franks on the grill and they smell like a day at the ballpark.

No worries. Now you can have a gourmet veggie dog that will rival any meat laden hot dog; and it will keep you cool during the dog days of summer. With a veggie frank, fruit and vegetables on it, this is one of those food indulgences that is actually good for you.

don't let the meat eaters have all the fun, sink your teeth into a veggie dog that will have your carnivorous friends drooling with envy

The Cool Ray Dog
The Cool Ray Dog | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: as many dogs as you want to serve up

Veggie hot dog franks are all over the map in terms of quality and taste. It is important to use a high end brand if you really want this dog to qualify as gourmet. We use Field Roast and Tofurky. You can't go wrong with either. Feel free to experiment with any of their meat substitute franks. The Tofurky Italian or Polish sausage will work just fine. If you use one of the cheaper, plastic tasting fake franks, no amount of toppings is going to save it.


  • veggie dog, use the high end brands
  • hot dog bun
  • 1 bottle cool ranch dressing
  • 1 can mandarin oranges
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 can cooking spray


  1. Place veggies dogs in a skillet over medium heat. Generously coat franks and skillet with cooking spray (meat based dogs make their own oil when cooking, veggie dogs tend to stick if not coated with cooking spray). Roll franks often to ensure even cooking.
  2. While the dogs are cooking, slice a cucumber to make a plate of cucumber medallions. Open the can of mandarin oranges and drain.
  3. Spray the buns with cooking oil. Move the franks to one side of the skillet. Place the buns on their side in the skillet, let heat for 20 seconds, repeat for the other side for 20 seconds. Pull open the bun part way open and stand it in the skillet like a pup tent so it is in a triangle and let heat for another 20 seconds.
  4. Place a veggie frank in each toasted bun. Add cucumber medallions on one side and pieces of mandarin orange on the other. Top with cool ranch dressing to taste.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 544
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Unsaturated fat 23 g
Carbohydrates 51 g17%
Sugar 23 g
Protein 31 g62%
Sodium 1026 mg43%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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