The idea for these vegan Japanese eggplant dogs came to me when…alright fine, a bunch of friends were playing with Japanese eggplants. Jousting, making obscene gestures, you know. You don't need to use too much imagination. But it made me want to constructively play with Japanese eggplants. And then pretend I'm a purple unicorn.

Roasted whole, the eggplant retains a meaty texture and fits perfectly in an extra-long hot dog or hoagie bun, and the mustard-spiked miso marinade/topping pays homage to the classic ballpark dogs we crave when it's not Meatless Monday. I dubbed it "mismayosterd," which, let's face it, I've come up with better condiment portmanteaus.