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.
- 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.
- In a deep, heavy bottom pan, heat the oil to 350 degrees. Or, if you have one, use a deep fat fryer.
- In a medium bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour salt, pepper, baking powder, and sugar. Add in the milk and egg, and mix together well.
- Dry the hotdogs off with paper towels. Impale on the wooden skewers.
- 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.
- 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!
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