Ingredients

  • fresh baguette
  • a couple of butter lettuce leaves
  • 4 carrots
  • half an Asian cucumber
  • a bunch of radishes
  • a handful of unsalted cashew nuts
  • fresh herbs (mint or cilantro)
  • freshly ground pepper
  • wok oil

Dressing ingredients

  • 3 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp sambal
  • juice ½ a lemon
  • 100 ml water
Who doesn’t love a hot dog? If you want one without meat, try this delicious carrot hot dog with grilled carrots and cucumber. 
 
If you ask me what I always have in stock, the answer is, without a doubt, cucumber! Use it in a salad, as a snack or make a cucumber salad; one of my favourites with this delicious vegetable.An Asian cucumber is specially grown to bake or stir-fry. I was curious to know if you could grill this cucumber and get the 'real' grill stripes. It was the inspiration for this recipe, which makes a delicious lunch or weekend meal!
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Preparation

  • Start by preparing the satay sauce. Mix the peanut butter with all the ingredients in a pan. Warm this slowly until it forms a smooth sauce.
  • Cut the baguette into 4 equal pieces and then slice through the middle, leaving them joined at the edge.
  • Wash the radishes and grate them over a small bowl. Set this apart for later use. This will be used as a garnish over the satay sauce. Instead of the usual fried onions ...
  • Wash the cucumber. For this dish you use only half the cucumber. Use a cheese slicer to scrape 4 long strips the length of the cucumber.
  • Choose 4 carrots of equal length and remove the foliage. Leave the tip of the foliage on the carrot. This adds a lovely visual effect.
  • Boil the carrots briefly until al dente. Meanwhile, heat a grill pan with some oil.
  • Grill the 4 carrots on both sides until the grill stripe is visible.
  • Grill the cucumber strips the same way until grill stripes are created.
  • Finally wash the lettuce leaves and cut the fresh herbs.
  • Everything is now ready to build the hot dogs.
  • Open the baguette slices, top with lettuce, the grilled carrot and then the grilled cucumber. Scoop approx. 1½ tablespoons saté sauce over each bun. Sprinkle with roasted cashew nuts, the grated radish, some freshly ground pepper and the fresh-cut herbs.

Tips from the author

For this recipe I chose to grill the vegetables, but stir-frying is also a good option. Stir-fried carrot, cucumbers, satay sauce, cashew nuts, and grated radish together with rice make a delicious evening meal!

An Asian cucumber can be purchased at Chinese supermarkets. Or use a normal cucumber instead. 

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