Food Review: Lightlife Smart Dogs

I’ve cooked these a couple different ways, and while one way was better than the other, I was not impressed by either.

I had to check the date on the package once I opened these up, there was an odd scent in the air. The date was good, still not sure what the smell was…

I cooked them in the microwave the first go round. Popped em in a bun, added the usual catsup, mustard and relish. First bite… the flavor and texture were quite a bit “off”. The Smart Dog was a bit chewy and the flavor tasted like it went bad. This way was not the right way to cook it, the results proved that.

This afternoon I meant to put them in some mac and cheese, but put the kids hot dogs into the mac while it was cooking. So I had to eat these on a bun again. This go round I browned em up a bit in a skillet with a little butter. The flavor this time was better, but the texture was way off again. The browning seemed to create a crust of sorts, which made it very difficult to bite through.

I know the directions say to boil them, but I could never eat boiled hot dogs, so I’ve avoided cooking them that way. Maybe the next time I try them I will boil them to give them a fair enough shot.

3 Comments

  1. you got to try Ives the good dog. Those are the best I’ve found. grill em. Ives used to make an amazing chili flavored dog too.

  2. Yeah, prepackaged meat analogs are often just meh. If I get to hankering for a tofu dog, though, I’ll go for a Yves. Totally much better off makin yer own fake meat, if yer hankerin’ for it, IMNSHO. ^_-

  3. no, you’re right. these are pretty much vile no matter what you do with ’em. you’re better off with veggie sausage-like things. no one’s got the tofu dog right yet.

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