I really love a good corn dog! The best ones can be found at Disneyland or places in the mall like Hot Dog on a Stick. I can’t bear to eat those frozen versions from the store. They just aren’t worth my time. They gotta be homemade corn dogs.
I remember my mom making corn dogs once when I was younger but never attempted it myself. I recently saw a recipe for them on Babble and decided it was time to give it a try.
There are two things you must have for a good corn dog. You need a good quality dog to start with. I happened to choose Hi-Grade Meats hot dogs. This is what you make with those higher priced hot dogs go on sale at the store.
Then you need a good thick batter. The recipe below is my adaptation of the recipe on Babble. The original was not thick enough to give a good coating so I adjusted it. They were perfect. Everyone enjoyed them and they were so worth making.
I also used a wooden skewer in them that I found in the produce department of my local store. It is the type that is usually used for caramel apples and are called brochettes. You can also use regular wooden skewers if you cut them in half.
- 1 Tbsp vinegar or lemon juice
- scant 1 cup milk (I used skim)
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 1 cup yellow corn meal
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 eggs
- 10–12 hot dogs
- brochettes or wooden skewers, cut in half
- Preheat some oil in a deep fryer or large skillet to 365 degrees. You need it to be a couple of inches deep and the pan needs to be large enough to fit the corn dogs in. I used my Le Cruset oval dutch oven. You want to completely submege the corn dogs in the oil.
- Place 1 Tbsp of the vinegar or lemon juice in a liquid measure cup. Then add enough milk to measure 1 cup. Stir and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, whisk together the flour,corn meal, sugar, baking powder,salt, and baking soda in a large bowl. Add milk and eggs then whisk until well combined.
- Insert skewer in hot dog and dip in batter. Coat hot dog well and fry in 356 degree oil until golden brown. Drain on towels.