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Who doesn’t like corn dogs?  Yeah, you can buy them frozen in the supermarket, but when I looked at the ingredients on the box, I saw that they’re made with turkey and chicken.  I’m sorry, but to me, that’s not a hot dog.  Also, what’s up with all the chemicals and preservatives they use in the coating?  I don’t have any scientific evidence to back me up, but I’ll betcha that’s a lot worse than an all-beef hot dog.So, I set about creating my own.  I tried a few recipes, but couldn’t find the taste or texture I was looking for.  I combine flour and cornmeal to get the texture just right, and tossed in a bit of chili powder and onion powder to chase the blandness away.  Serve these with fries or Tater Tots, and you’ve got grub for a 5-year-old’s birthday party (or a frequent dinner around my house)!

I’ve never tried to freeze the finished corn dogs, but I imagine they’d freeze just fine.  I do know they reheat very well in the microwave the next day.  And why not try dipping other stuff in the batter – like mozzarella sticks, zucchini slices, etc.?  I’ve never done it, but give it a try & let me know how it worked!

As far as special prep notes, here’s how to get the batter to stay on the dogs: after you’ve impaled them on your skewers, rinse each one under the cold water faucet for a second – this removes the excess oils from the dog.  Then, dust them all over with flour (I use a flour sifter to quickly powder them).  And the coolest tip of all: pour your batter in a tall glass (I use a plastic iced tea tumbler) and dip the hot dogs into the batter.  Hold them over the glass while the excess runs off.  If you try to, say, roll them around in a dish or something, you’ll be bitter and disappointed.  You might be anyway, but it won’t be the fault of the corn dogs…

1 cup Cornmeal
1 cup All-purpose flour
1 Tbs Sugar
1 Tbs Baking powder
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Chili powder
1 tsp Onion powder
1 cup Milk
2 Eggs
¼ cup Canola or peanut oil
A/R Hot dogs
A/R Bamboo skewers
Using a mixer on low speed, mix together all the dry ingredients.  Increase the mixer speed to medium, and add the milk and eggs.  Slowly drizzle in the oil, and continue to mix until smooth.Heat deep fryer to 350-365 degrees.

Insert a bamboo skewer into each hot dog lengthwise.  Dip each hot dog into the batter; allow excess to run off.

Fry hot dogs one at a time, turning occasionally until golden brown.  Drain on paper towels.

Serve hot with the usual condiments.


About azdon

I believe that my unique combination of education, ability and experience would be a real asset to your company, in any capacity that… Wait a minute – this isn’t a résumé, it’s a profile – I’m sorry, I was confused for a moment. In that case, I’ll just say that I live in the beautiful desert Southwest, I’m extremely happily married, I have everything I need and almost everything I want. Is that good enough? And one more thing… I probably wouldn’t be much of an asset to your company.

2 responses »

  1. I have a 4 year old grandson that would love these. I like corn dogs, too. May have to make them when he comes to visit me again just for the two of us!Thanks for your comment on The Southern Lady Cooks. I have enjoyed checking out your place, too.

    • So much of my diet seems to be things that would be appropriate for kids – I must have had a deprived childhood or something!

      Thank you for your kind words – I spend a lot of time at your blog as well!



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