Fang Food: Corn Dogs

This week on Fang Food, we'll be making a food that isn't quite as traditional ball park fair, but nevertheless, still fits the themes: Corn Dogs.

Corn dogs are the ultimate carnival food, and they aren't too bad for enjoying with a baseball game either. When my dad first suggested I do these, I was kind of concerned about how difficult they would be to pull off. With the coating in corn bread and frying, I wasn't really sure that you could do them with out quite a bit of hair pulling out. However, I did some research, and it really wasn't that difficult.

Corn Dogs:

  • 1 cup yellow corn meal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 packages beef franks*
  • 3 quarts veggie oil for frying
  • Same number of wooden skewers as you have hotdogs

*For this recipe, I used both Hebrew National 1/4 Lb. Beef Franks and Johnsonville Jalapeno Cheddar sausages. Both turned out really well, but any hotdogs will work, however, smaller dogs will probably need less time.

Directions

  1. In a deep, heavy bottom pan, heat the oil to 350 degrees. Or, if you have one, use a deep fat fryer.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour salt, pepper, baking powder, and sugar. Add in the milk and egg, and mix together well.
  3. Dry the hotdogs off with paper towels. Impale on the wooden skewers.
  4. Once the oil has reached temperature, dip or roll the dogs in the batter. Then very, very gently, lower them into the oil, and cook them for three minutes, or a deep golden brown color.
  5. When they're done, using a pair of tongs, remove them from the oil, and set on a plate covered with paper towels and allow to drain for a few minutes. Serve with your favorite mustard, and enjoy!

Now, I know some people are more concerned about health matters than I am, and so I did try to come up with a baked version of these. However, those did not turn out at all. I couldn't get the batter to stick to them while they baked. If any of you can get a baked version to work, let me know!

Fang food is a series of weekly baseball food articles written by prwhitaker1 (Whit) and imstillhungry95 (Blake). Questions, comments, suggestions, concerns? Email us at fangfood@gmail.com!

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