I came up with this cool concept while staring at a whole mess of leftover chili. I decided to deconstruct a summer favorite, the chili dog, and turn it into something new: a dog made of chili. The flavor of the dogs will all depend on the flavor of your chili, so use a good one.
You will need:
1 cup prepared brown rice
4 cups leftover vegetarian chili with lots of beans (most of the liquid drained off)
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/2 cup vital wheat gluten
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. All ingredients go into a food processor and are blended until well incorporated. It should be the consistency of bread dough. If it is too loose add more breadcrumbs. Then to form sausages, lay 1/2-inch mound of the mixture across a piece of foil leaving a 1/2-inch margin on either end. Roll it tight like a sushi roll and twist the ends shut. Find the middle of the large roll and twist it to for two smaller links. Repeat until you have used all of the mixture. Place links on a baking sheet and place them into the oven for 1 hour. Allow the links to cool. Place links in the fridge for an hour before unwrapping them. Brush them with olive oil and grill'em up. Serve on a whole wheat bun with shredded cheese and onions\ and a side of sliced, salted watermelon.