Inspired by my many trips to Denmark, and their national fast food the rødpølse, I’ve made my own vegan version, which is tasty AF and a lot cheaper than sourcing the Danish hotdogs! You’ll often see a pølsevogn (or hotdog cart) on most street corners in Copenhagen!
The ristet hotdog is a rødpølse with many toppings. They are quite an experience to eat, trying to not drop it all on the floor is like a national challenge. Good luck, but it’s worth the challenge!
The recipe is similar to my Currywurst one, so feel free to make double the amount for two different Northern European dirty favourites!
Once again, I highly recommend prepping the carrots in advance, they’re dead simple to prepare but it makes all the difference when they’ve had time to marinate.
- Two medium sized carrots (per person)
- 1tbs Smoked paprika,
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard,
- 1-2 drops of liquid smoke,
- 1tbs of cider vinegar,
- 1tbs of light soy sauce,
- 1tsp Garlic infused oil
- 10ml water
- 3tbs vegan mayo,
- 1/4 tsp curry powder,
- 1 small gherkin, chopped,
- handful of parsley, chopped,
- 1tsp Dijon mustard,
- 1tsp sugar,
- 1tbs finely chopped onion
- 2 chopped capers
- Ketchup (the Danes have a special hotdog ketchup, which I got from Scandi Kitchen but regular ketchup will also work)
- Handful of crispy fried onions
- 1 Sandwich gherkin or 3-4 gherkin slices
- 1tbs of chopped onion
Begin by topping and tailing the carrots and “carving” to make rounded ends, a bit like a wurst or hotdog style sausage. Peel the carrots and simmer in salted water on a medium heat until soft. Don’t over boil because they’ll fall apart and be of no use to anyone! You want the knife to slide through but not disintegrate when you lift them. When they’re done leave them to dry out and cool.
When they’re dry put them in a freezer bag or container to marinate with the paprika, cider vinegar, oil, liquid smoke, mustard and soy sauce. Leave them to soak up the flavours for 3-4 hours or best, overnight. They’ll keep for a few days in the fridge if you’re making them well in advance.
Remoulade to the Danes is what brown sauce is to Brits or fish sauce is to the Thai, to make this curry infused mayonnaise sauce is rather easy. Simply, add all the ingredients and mix into a creamy, piquant sauce. Once mixed, Set aside.
To cook the hotdogs, simply take them out of the marinade and brown them in a pan, remembering to turn them. Once brown on all sides, they’re ready to load up!
Home your dog in a hotdog bun and top it with all of the toppings. Start with the ketchup, mustard and remoulade. Then the gherkins and the onions.
Serve with some fries or dill potatoes. Traditionally the Danes pair it with chocolate milk (even grown ups!) or a cold bottle of Danish beer like Tuborg.
Also- If you are in Copenhagen, the D.Ø.P pølsevogn do a cracking vegan hotdog!