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Dirt Dog

By May 28, 2012April 3rd, 2021Entrees, Recipes

May 28th, 2012 | By Alicia Silverstone



If you live in LA, you know about the hotdog stands that pop up on street corners at night, around the time shows end and bars close. They smell gross to me, and by the way, I’ve heard they smell way better than they taste. Haha anyway, my husband recently came up with a veg take on LA’s ubiquitous street dog. Enjoy the dirt dog!

The Dirt Dog
By Christopher Jarecki

Before I met Alicia, I was not the best eater. In my late teens and early 20s, I lived off top ramen, frozen burritos, and whatever my stoney roommates and I could mix together to taste good. Maybe that’s what inspired this!

The other night, we were in a pickle with no food made and no groceries, so I rummaged through the fridge, and came up with THE DIRT DOG. It’s a bunch of seitan, pan-fried with some hickory smoked flavor juice that’s probably been in our fridge for a couple years (I think Alicia had a bloody mary party once and it was left over from that). Here’s how you make it:

The Dirt Dog


  • 1 onion
  • Seitan
  • Liquid smoke (if you don’t have liquid smoke, there’s no need to go out and buy it…you could probably use any BBQ sauce you have around…any sauce intended for meat-like things will do!)
  • Sourdough bread
  • Pickles
  • Vegenaise
  • Mustard


  1. Slice up a whole onion and fry it with the seitan
  2. Lightly toast some sourdough bread
  3. Put the bread in your hand, and curl it like a hotdog bun
  4. Pile the seitan mixture on the bread and top with a pickle, some vegenaise and mustard

The final product is somewhere between a bratwurst sandwich and a Philly cheesesteak. THE DIRT DOG–maybe I will get a cart and make them outside of concerts, man that would be cool.


Check out this yum potato salad recipe!

I love the name! Have any of you kind lifers come up with a crazy-good concoction lately?

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