Homemade Old-Fashioned Corn Dogs

corn dogsI have a confession: Corn dogs may be one of my all-time favorite parts about going to any carnival or amusement park. I know, you would have thought I would have outgrown this foodie phase by now, right? But there's something about the soft dough encompassing the flavorful hot dog that gets me every single time.

Embrace all that is summer and make this festival favorite in the comfort of your own home. The best part? Tasty, delicious corn dogs are all yours in less than 20 minutes! All that's missing is cotton candy, a large soda, and a few turns on the carousel.

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Homemade Corn Dogs adapted from A Cozy Kitchen:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup yellow corn meal
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 4 hot dogs
  • 4 skewers

Instructions:

1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven, deep fryer, or cast iron skillet until temperature reads 375 degrees Fahrenheit. If a thermometer is not available, simply drop a bit of batter into your oil, and when it rises to the top, you're ready.

2. To make the batter, whisk the yellow corn meal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cayenne pepper together in a mixing bowl. Then, in another large bowl, whisk together the milk and egg. Pour your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients, and mix well until combined. Let rest for 10 minutes.

3. Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Dust a separate baking sheet or large plate with the 4 tablespoons of cornstarch. Then, skewer each of your hot dogs, roll in the cornstarch, and pat off any excess.

4. Dip the skewered hot dog in and out of your batter mixture quickly, then drop the corn dog (skewer included) carefully into the hot oil. Cook the dogs for about 4 or 5 minutes, or until the coating is golden brown.

5. Remove the corn dogs from the oil and place them onto your baking sheet lined with paper towels. Serve with your favorite condiments, and enjoy!

 

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