Indulge in the Irresistible World of Corn Dogs

Corn dogs have a special place in our hearts. The tantalizing combination of a buttery, crispy outside and a tender, meaty inside is simply unbeatable. Forget about those store-bought, fair or carnival varieties – this corn dog recipe will take your taste buds on a journey they won’t forget.

A Guaranteed Delight

This corn dog recipe guarantees a fresh, homemade experience that surpasses any other. The secret lies in the best corn dog batter that creates a heavenly texture – a pillowy, breaded inside and a golden, crispy outside. And to take it to the next level, dunk your corn dogs into the addictive honey mustard sauce. Prepare yourself for a taste sensation that will leave you craving more.

A Childhood Favorite

Corn dogs have been a cherished guilty pleasure since childhood. One special day a month, when the school lunch calendar read “Corn Dogs,” excitement filled the air. The delicious corn dog batter and the juicy hot dog inside were enough to make our hearts swoon. Even today, the allure of corn dogs remains irresistible.

The Origins of Corn Dogs

The history of corn dogs is a bit controversial. However, we owe their creation to a German Texan named Stanley S. Jenkins. In 1927, he applied for a patent for a breaded wiener fryer. Frustrated with the lack of success with his native German sausages, he decided to “Americanize” them by adding batter and frying them up. Thank you, Mr. Jenkins, for this stroke of genius!

Fun Facts About Corn Dogs

Prepare to be amazed by these awesome, crazy, and fun facts about our beloved corn dogs:

  • The Texas State Fair sells a whopping 630,000 corn dogs per season.
  • Did you know that you can win $2500 by eating corn dogs? Head to the annual California State Fair and find out how.
  • In 2017, 284 corn dogs were devoured at the Milo’s Corn Dog Eating Contest at the Sacramento State Fair.
  • Believe it or not, there is a line of maple-scented corn dog jewelry available for purchase.
  • Get ready to celebrate! The first Saturday of March Madness, the NCAA basketball championship, is officially National Corn Dog Day.
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Mastering the Corn Dog Batter

Creating the perfect corn dog batter is a breeze. You just need a few pantry-friendly ingredients, such as yellow cornmeal, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, an egg, milk, salt, and cayenne pepper. The result? A batter that will elevate your corn dogs to new heights of deliciousness.

The Cornmeal vs. Cornflour Dilemma

While cornmeal and cornflour are both made from ground corn, it’s essential to use cornmeal for the quintessential corn dog texture. Cornflour is ground to a much finer texture, and substituting it for cornmeal will result in a different outcome.

Making Corn Dogs Gluten-Free

Good news for those with gluten sensitivities – you can make these corn dogs gluten-free! Simply substitute the all-purpose flour with gluten-free flour, such as Red Bob’s Mill 1:1 flour. Don’t forget to use gluten-free hot dogs for the complete gluten-free experience.

The Quest for the Perfect Stick

Finding the right stick for your corn dogs is crucial. Long skewers cut in half or candy sticks from the craft section at Walmart work best. Popsicle sticks, on the other hand, are a little too wide and can cause the hot dog to slip out. We don’t want that!

The Secrets of the Perfect Corn Dog

Creating mouthwatering corn dogs is easier than you think. Here’s a quick rundown of the process:

  1. Mix the batter ingredients together and refrigerate.
  2. Rinse and dry the hot dogs, then skewer them.
  3. Roll the hot dogs in flour to ensure the batter sticks.
  4. Dip the hot dogs in the batter.
  5. Fry until deeply golden.
  6. Use tongs to remove the corn dogs and let them drain on paper towels.

Tips and Tricks for Corn Dog Mastery

Achieving corn dog perfection requires a few tricks up your sleeve:

  • Make sure the batter is cold – this will create a thicker consistency and prevent it from melting off into the oil too quickly.
  • Roll the hot dogs in flour generously to ensure the batter sticks.
  • To coat the hot dog in batter, fill a tall glass with batter slightly taller than the hot dog and dunk it in with the stick.
  • The batter may require a little finessing, but it will stick!
  • Use a thermometer to ensure the correct oil temperature for frying. Too hot, and the hot dog will be cold inside; too cold, and the corn dogs may fall apart.

Bring on the Crispy Goodness!

Frying corn dogs requires a bit of finesse as well. Here are some tips for frying success:

  • Use a large Dutch oven or a similar-sized vessel to allow the corn dogs plenty of room to move.
  • A thermometer is highly recommended for precise temperature control. You can also test the oil by dropping a small piece of batter – it should rise to the top and turn golden.
  • Hold each corn dog in the oil for a few seconds to set the outside before fully submerging them.
  • Fry only 2-3 corn dogs at a time to ensure even cooking and crispy results.
  • After frying, use tongs to remove the corn dogs and place them on paper towels to drain. Avoid letting them sit in oil to maintain their crispiness.
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Choosing the Right Oil for Frying

Not all oils are suitable for frying. For this corn dog recipe, it’s best to use an oil with a high smoking point, such as vegetable oil, corn oil, peanut oil, soybean oil, safflower oil, canola oil, cottonseed oil, or sunflower oil.

Handling the Aftermath: Leftover Oil

Disposing of used oil properly is essential to avoid clogging your drains. Here are some ways to handle leftover oil:

  1. Use a funnel to pour the oil into an old can, jar, or sealable container. If using a can, place it in a sealed freezer bag and throw it in the garbage.
  2. Check if your area has a recycling center that accepts cooking fats and oils.
  3. Label and store the leftover oil in a sealable container (like a jar or old milk carton) for later use. Make sure to label it to avoid mixing up different types of oil.

Beyond the Classic Corn Dog

Did you know you can experiment with different variations of corn dogs? Here are a few ideas to take your corn dog game to the next level:

  • Play with flavors by changing the seasonings. You can omit cayenne pepper and substitute it with nutmeg or other spices to give your corn dogs a unique twist.
  • Use different types of hot dogs, such as vegetarian, pork, chicken, or any other variety that suits your taste.
  • Get creative with mini corn dogs by cutting the hot dogs into halves or thirds, creating bite-sized treats known as “corn puppies.”
  • Try making corn dog muffins by greasing a mini muffin tin, adding a tablespoon of batter to each cup, and placing a section of hot dog in the middle. Bake until golden for a delightful twist on the classic corn dogs.

The Perfect Companions for Corn Dogs

Elevate your corn dog experience by pairing them with delicious dips and sides. Some fantastic options include ketchup, mustard, relish, cheese, barbecue sauce, or any aioli you can dream up. Our personal favorite is the homemade honey mustard sauce. Whisk together mayonnaise, honey, yellow mustard, Dijon mustard, and a touch of hot sauce to create a sweet and savory dip that perfectly complements your corn dogs.

What to Serve with Corn Dogs

While corn dogs are delectable on their own, they can also be part of a more substantial meal. Consider serving them with French fries, tater tots, potato chips, potato salad, baked or roasted potatoes, million-dollar macaroni and cheese, baked beans, roasted broccoli, cauliflower, or asparagus, wedge salad, tomato cucumber salad, or a variety of pasta salads.

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Storage and Reheating

To keep your corn dogs fresh, store them in an airtight container lined with paper towels in the refrigerator. If stacking them, place parchment paper between the layers. They will stay good for 3-4 days when stored correctly.

If you want to freeze your homemade corn dogs, follow these simple steps:

  1. Let the corn dogs cool completely.
  2. Line them on a baking sheet without touching and place them in the freezer until solid (around 1-2 hours) to prevent them from sticking together.
  3. Transfer the corn dogs to an airtight container or freezer bag, with paper towels between the layers.
  4. Label and freeze for up to 2 months.

To reheat frozen corn dogs:

  • From Frozen: Line them on a baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees F for approximately 15 minutes until heated through.
  • From Refrigerated: Line them on a baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees F for about 10 minutes until heated through.
  • Air Fryer: If you have an air fryer or deep fat fryer, you can heat frozen corn dogs in around 7 minutes at 390 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Dutch Oven: You can also reheat them by frying them again in a Dutch oven, just as you cooked them initially.

Health Considerations

Corn dogs are undoubtedly a treat, especially since they are deep-fried. If you’re looking to make them a bit healthier, consider cooking them in an air fryer or swapping beef hot dogs for chicken, turkey, or vegetarian options.

Beware of Sharing with Your Dog

Although we often want our furry friends to enjoy our culinary delights, it’s important to note that corn dogs may not be suitable for dogs. Hot dogs contain excessive amounts of salt, which can be harmful to dogs. Additionally, the batter may contain other ingredients that can be hazardous to our canine companions. So, even though they may give you those pouty eyes, it’s best to keep the corn dogs to yourself and share them only with your human companions.

Experience the Magic of Homemade Corn Dogs

Are you ready to embark on a culinary adventure? Try this mouthwatering corn dog recipe and prepare to be amazed. It’s time to satisfy your cravings with golden, crispy perfection and indulge in a world of corn dog deliciousness. For the complete recipe, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ here. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed!

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