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I recently had the opportunity to produce a video for a YouTube Kodak Print and Prosper ad campaign, and as part of the assignment I bought a deep fryer to make Corn Dogs! Check out the Kodak Channel and look for me — I’m the Corn Dogs!
Corn Dogs are sweet, crunchy, snappy, golden goodness! Nothing says FUN like a juicy wiener wrapped in delicate corn batter. Add a handy holding device and you’re ready to party! (Just ask any celebrity chef!) And don’t stop with meat wieners, use meatless hot dogs if you prefer, even zucchini!
Ingredients for Corn Dog Batter:
1 -1 1/4 cups buttermilk
3-4 tbsp sugar (white or brown)
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup all purpose flour
2/3 cup cornmeal
hot dogs (any variety)
NOTE: Makes enough batter for 12 hot dogs, 24 mini-dogs.
oil for frying
flour for dusting
skewers or sticks
C’mon little doggies!
Corn Dogs are best dipped in yellow mustard. Some people like ketchup… but I’m not one of them.
In a mixing bowl, combine buttermilk and egg. Start with one cup buttermilk, more may be added later if needed for consistency.
In a second mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Adjust the amount of sugar to taste.
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add buttermilk and egg mixture.
Stir together until combined. Batter will be thick. Thicker than pancake batter. Thicker than cake batter. Add more buttermilk if batter is too thick but… you want it to be thick.
You don’t have to cut the hot dogs in half, but I like to.
When battering and frying anything, it is important to dredge in flour before dipping into batter. I am flouring the hot dog in the upper left hand corner… sorry, no photos this time. These are video stills :)
Mmmm. These corn dogs are gonna be good!
Deep fry in 365(F) oil until golden brown. You can see I’m test driving this deep fryer, but I would normally just use a big pot on the stove and a thermometer. Peanut oil worked beautifully for deep frying. It’s expensive, though.
There are two schools of thought on when to insert the stick into the hot dog. Some, fry corn dogs with the sticks inserted. Either standing at the oil, holding the stick as a cooking handle or, by throwing the dog, stick and all, right into the oil. I feel uncomfortable tossing wooden sticks into a vat of hot oil and so does the manufacturer of this deep fryer…
When Corn Dogs are golden, place on paper towels and sprinkle lightly with salt.
Insert sticks carefully. Serve immediately.
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