I finally got around to making these and they were such a hit in our house, I wanted to share them with you.
Here is the recipe that I used from All Recipes
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup corn meal
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons bacon drippings
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 pounds hot dogs
- wooden sticks
- Heat oil in a deep fryer to 365 degrees F (185 degrees C).
- In a large bowl, stir together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in melted bacon drippings. Make a well in the center, and pour in the egg, buttermilk, and baking soda. Mix until everything is smooth and well blended.
- Pat the hot dogs dry with paper towels so that the batter will stick. Insert wooden sticks into the ends. Dip the hot dogs in the batter one at a time, shaking off the excess. Deep fry a few at a time in the hot oil until they are as brown as you like them. Drain on paper towels or serve on paper plates.
I did make some adjustments and they turned out just fine. I used milk instead of buttermilk and I did not add the bacon drippings.
To make them, I started with sticks that I found in the craft department at Walmart. I think they were about $2.60’ish for the whole bag and I have tons leftover.
I inserted the sticks into the hot dogs, laid them on a tray and patted them dry. I used 2 packages.
Next, I did take the advice from Chaos In The Kitchen, which is where I read about making them. I poured the corn meal mixture into a tall glass for ease in dipping. This worked really well.
Now, here is where I went a little wrong, and will do differently next time. I laid the corn dogs on a tray, thinking I would get them all dripped and then fry them. Well, the corn meal mixture wasn’t quite thick enough and it dripped off the hot dogs.
So, then I put them in the frig to chill a little, thinking they would firm up. Which they did, but I still had to re-dip them. I had plenty of corn meal mixture, so it wasn’t a big deal. Then I fried them several at a time, in a large pan. I was wishing I had a large frying skillet, but I don’t, so I made do.
I did not find them to be labor intensive, like Chaos In The Kitchen did. I thought they were fun and the boys thought it was cool to have homemade corn dogs. We will definately be making them again.
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