I would like for these people to tell me what goes into hot dogs.
Anyway, what a weirdly bitter way to open up a post about corn dogs.
I love corn dogs. I was going to say . . . I make these small, private concessions sometimes. Sometimes, I see a hot dog and I don’t feel anger. Instead, I think of moments in my childhood when I nuked one in the microwave for 30 seconds before lovingly peeling it apart, layer by layer, carefully dipping it in ketchup, and eating in pieces. Corn dogs hold a similar nostalgia for me. These are minis so you don’t feel as guilty eating them. Though, your caloric intake will still probably be sky-high, as this recipe could probably feed a platoon.
This recipe results in a coating that is sweet, slightly spicy, salty, and textured with grains of cornmeal. Hope you dig it.
- ¾ cup yellow cornmeal
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- ⅓ cup finely grated onion
- 1½ cups milk
- ¼ cup honey
- 4 tbsp cornstarch, for dredging
- 8 beef hot dogs, each cut into thirds
- 12 12-inch bamboo skewers, cut in half (and cut off sharp points!)
- Oil for frying
- Heat oil in a deep fryer (or a wok or a Dutch oven) to 375 F.
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients (the cornmeal, flour, salt, baking powder, and cayenne pepper). In another bowl, combine the wet ingredients (onion, milk, and honey).
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry. Stir with a spatula, only enough times to bring the batter together. Don't over-mix.
- Scatter cornstarch into a deep plate or shallow pan. Roll all hot dog piece in the cornstarch and tap well to remove any excess.
- Skewer each hot dog. Dip in batter. Place the corn dog into the oil, and let it fry until the color of the batter is golden, about 4 to 5 minutes. Carefully take dogs from the oil and transfer to a cooling rack lined with paper towels.
Yeah, because of course there needs to be three dipping sauces. I dressed up plain mayo, plain mustard, and plain ketchup so that they become a garlic aoili, honey mustard, and spicy ketchup.