Corn dogs are a favorite food at the fair or even sporting events. Now you can easily make them at home. These mini corn dogs make a great appetizer or snack for game night, movie night, or when your favorite teenagers hang out together.
The first time I made these, my kids had friends over. My youngest loves corn dogs and asked if I knew how to make them. Though I have never made them for the family before, I did have a recipe.
The corn dog batter is really so easy to make and you may have everything in your pantry. I’ll be honest, I was worried it wouldn’t adhere to the hotdog. But the batter is so thick it works.
The challenge was coating the corn dogs. Then it dawned on me to use a canning or mason jar. A large one holds all the batter and you can easily dip the hot dogs to coat.
I was also worried it wouldn’t fry up well like all the batter would fall off in the oil. Nope, it’s so thick it stays put and fries up to a lovely golden brown.
The batter puffs up nicely when it cooks, giving the corn dogs a real fair food appeal. They are really so very easy to make.
Mini food is so much fun to eat I decided to cut the hot dogs in half and make a mini corn dog. I also figured it would be easier for the kids and I was right.
I served the mini corn dogs with ketchup and mustard on the side. If you are making a meal out of them, serve with fried onion strings. They would be the perfect accompaniment.
Hungry teenagers will love snacking on these corn dogs the next time they get together. Serve them for game day or movie night too. #corndogs
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- Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
- 7 hot dogs, cut in half crosswise
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk
- Ketchup and Mustard for serving
- Special equipment: a deep-frying thermometer; 14 wooden skewers
- Heat 2 inches of oil in a large heavy pot to 375 degrees F on a deep-frying thermometer. Line a baking sheet with paper towels.
- Insert wooden skewers securely into the hot dogs.
- Meanwhile, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a medium bowl.
- Whisk the eggs and buttermilk together in a large bowl. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and whisk to combine. Pour the batter into a tall drinking glass.
- When the oil is hot, dip a hot dog into the batter, coating thoroughly, then carefully add it to the oil. Repeat with as many as will fit comfortably in the pot. Do not overcrowd the pot.
- Fry, turning occasionally, until puffed and golden brown all over, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to the lined baking sheet to drain. Repeat with the remaining hot dogs, returning the oil to 375 degrees F between batches.
- Serve immediately with ketchup and mustard.
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