These were easy (just like the walking tacos) and so very good. I was surprised how well these turned out, to be completely honest. Deep frying something at home when you’re expecting your favorite Carnival food at the end of your hands is setting the bar pretty high.
We exceeded said standard. Now … you can too.
This is going to be a photo heavy post so we’ll get right to it.
# Yellow corn meal
# Salt and pepper
# Baking powder
# An egg
# Hot dogs
# Vegetable or canola oil to fry in
In the words of my daughter “Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy”. You heard it here first
Start by heating up the oil in a pan over the stove on high heat. If you have a deep fryer, fire that baby up. I have a Fry Daddy, Jr and it just wasn’t big enough for these. (I pulled out my largest frying pan and still was only able to fry one at a time and often needing to tilt the pan in order to coat the corn dog for even coverage. So … just play around with how you might need to get this done. But it can be done.)
Now mix half an egg and 1/2 C. milk and set aside. (Half an egg because I halved the recipe. It calls for 16 hot dogs which we cannot eat, so I made only half the recipe and yes – actually cracked, stirred and then discarded half the egg. Entire recipe at bottom of post.)
Measure 1/2 C. Yellow cornmeal, add it to a bowl.
Add 1/2 C. Flour.
Add 1/8 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper.
Add 2 TBS sugar.
Here’s where I should tell you that I don’t generally measure when I’m cooking or baking. Science aside, I get it. Not everything I make turns out because of this but I have a surprising average of edible food so … with the salt, pepper and sugar (and you’ll see next the baking powder) I just kind of eye-balled it. That’s where I’m comfortable – if you’re not … go with the spoons and the cups.
Add 2 tsp baking powder.
And if you’re like me (eye-baller) you might have figured that was a little more than 2 tsp. So you left some out.
Now stir that sucker up!
Add the egg/milk mixture.
And stir til combined.
Now grab your skewers and pierce your dogs. I started with 5 of the 8 hot dogs I set out and ended up frying 6, which used all the batter I had made. (Mental note.)
Spread the batter on an even work surface to coat the dogs. The first one I did was not pretty, I ended up using my hands and made a mess (was trying to stay in the bowl before I figured out there just needed to be a better way to go about this, hence no photos of that trial and error.)
And roll the dog in the batter until covered. I used a spatula to help the process along.
By now your oil should be hot enough to fry. I think a trick to tell is to spat some water on the surface – it should hiss.
So, one at a time (is how it worked for me) fry them dogs. Mmmm. It goes faster than you think it will. Just turn to brown and when it reaches the color you’re happy with – it’s done!
You can see I’m tilting the pan to coat …
Mmmmm, deep fried art!
This baby is done!
I used this recipe for the corn dogs and would give it 5 stars. Yum yum yum.
Here’s the halved recipe I used for the corn dogs but as it says here for 8 – it really only made 6.
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk
2 cups vegetable oil for frying
8 beef frankfurters
8 wooden skewers
First: In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, salt, pepper, sugar and baking powder. Stir in eggs and milk.
Second: Preheat oil in a deep saucepan over medium heat. Insert wooden skewers into frankfurters. Roll frankfurters in batter until well coated.
Third: Fry 2 or 3 corn dogs at a time until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
There’s more coming this week for our ode-to-junk-food festival!
Right now we’ve also got a How-To for Walking Tacos.
We’ll cover your sweet-tooth too, don’t worry.
(FYI: This is not how my family eats on a regular basis and I understand you with your furrowed brow looking at all this processed and fried food. Soon I’m going to incorporate HFCS into a recipe and THEN WHAT!!?? You’re so cute, can we just hug? It will be ok.)
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