Saturday, June 13, 2009

Homemade Corn Dogs? Who Knew?

Yes, you read that correctly: Homemade Corn Dogs made by me! I was so surprised at how easy it was...seriously, if you have family that loves corn dogs, you need to try these. For my first try, I wasn't quite Hot Dog on a Stick, but everyone was thrilled and said I need to keep making them. I used this recipe from Hillbilly Housewife and I did use the trick of pouring the batter into a glass jar rather than trying drag the hot dogs through a bowl.

Seriously, it was the easiest thing ever. One batch made all these corn dogs!

Hillbilly Housewife's Corn Dogs*
Makes 12-14 corn here for her website.
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/3 cups corn meal
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1 to 1-1/2 pounds hot dogs
  • flour for dusting (about 1/2 cup)
  • Hot Fat for Deep Frying
  • Popscicle sticks
In a large bowl combine the milk, eggs, oil, sugar and salt. Mix it very well. Sprinkle in the baking powder, corn meal and flour. Stir it all up to make a slightly thick batter.

Take your hot dogs and dry them off on paper towels. Dust the hot dogs with flour, coating them completely. The cornmeal batter won't stick to the hot dogs unless they are coated in flour. The batter just slides right off of the wieners naturally slick outsides. Shove popscicle sticks into the flour coated hot dogs. Set the hot dogs aside.

While all of this is going on, it's a good idea to get your hot fat to heating up. You want the temperature to be about 375. Allow the fat to preheat so it is almost smoking by the time you are ready to add the corn dogs.

Now, to coat the floured hot dogs with batter you have two choices. You can swirl the hot dogs in the bowl of batter until they are coated, and then drop them into the hot fat. If this is a little difficult I know of an easier way. Scoop some of your corn meal batter into a narrow jar or cup which is as tall as your hot dogs are long. Fill the jar or cup about 3/4 of the way full. Dip your hot dog into the batter while you hold onto the stick. Swirl the hot dog to coat it evenly. Be careful or the batter will overflow. Raise the wiener above the cup and let any excess batter drip off. Quickly place the battered dog into the hot fat. The fat will bubble up and cook the outside of the batter, making the corndogs the exact same shape as the ones you buy at the store.

Only fry a few corn dogs at a time. If the corn dogs crowd each other they don't fry very well. I only fry 2 or 3 at a time. Turn the corn dogs when the bottom side is well browned. Use tongs to remove the cooked corn dogs from the fat. Allow them to drain on paper towels. Repeat the process, coating and frying a few at a time, until all of the corn dogs are cooked. Refill the narrow jar or cup with batter from your bowl as necessary. Continue until all the hot dogs are coated or until you no longer have enough batter to coat the hot dogs efficiently.

If you don't want to waste any unused batter, it can be dropped by small spoonfuls into the hot fat, and fried until brown. Serve these along side the corn dogs.

If desired, you can make small corn dogs by cutting hot dogs into thirds, or quarters. Poke a toothpick up into the end of the hot dogs. Coat and fry them as described above. These are nice for fancy days, and for kids parties. Provide plenty of ketchup and mustard for dipping.

This recipe makes about 12 to 14 corn dogs.

*(I know some of my friends are just now getting the hang of reading blogs, so I've posted the entire recipe and Hillbilly Housewife's superb directions in their entirety above. Just remember, this is not my recipe...I'm just sharing a treasure I found!)

So, there you have to make homemade corn dogs. I say again, "Who knew?"


Andrea said...

I am sure my kids would love them, but we try not to eat hotdogs. We eat mostly organic and I am usually able to take most recipes that I like and change them to fit into our life.

Congradulations on your accomplishment..I probably wouldnt be able to keep them together. Yours look sooooo "perfect."


Sweet Serendipity said...

I bet my kids would love these. Thanks for posting this :D

loveaphid said...

These would be great to serve a large crowd during the summer. I love corn dogs (Not that I should even consider eating them, ever). So yummy

Alicia said...

Oh my neat!!!!!!!!

My kids would love that!

Carin said...

oh my, those look so, so yummy!!!!! I wonder if you could try it using a chunk of cheese and make a cheese on a stick. All I know is my mouth is watering now!!

momstheword said...

Oh I love corn dogs! How fun to make my own! Thank you for posting her recipe!!!! I love the Hillbilly Housewife~

Tootsie said...

my kids love these!!! as for the lego...he NEVER did build anything...he would dump all million or so peices and then sweep them with a hand broom and a dust pan!!! yea.

Melissa Henning said...

Logan and my hubby LOVE corn dogs! I'll definitely have to try to make these for them!

DarcyLee said...

My sons-in-law will be forever in my debt if I make these, so yeah, I will have to try them LOL. They do look so good.

Erin said...

I urge anyone who's thinking of making these to put the batter in a wide mouth jar and swirl the hot dog on a stick around in the jar to coat with was just so easy to pull it straight up and out that way and get an even coating.

Cheese corn dog? I guess if you cut a slice in the hot dog before you floured it, put in a sliver of cheese, then floured it and then dipped it in the batter, it might work. Hmmmm....

Clark said...

These were awesome!!! The possibilities are endless here. you can make a bratwurst corn dog and any number of combinations. It is even a good kid project to include in the kitchen.

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Anonymous said...

I just got done making them and we luckily have enough for the kids' lunch tomorrow. That was it. I don't like corndogs but these were awesome.