Mommy's Kitchen - Recipes From my Texas Kitchen: Homemade Corn Dogs or is it Corny Dogs?

Monday, March 23, 2009

Homemade Corn Dogs or is it Corny Dogs?

When I think of corny dogs as my kids call it, I think of the State Fair of Texas. What is a visit to the fair without getting one of their wonderful corn dogs. When it comes to the fair it's all about the rides and games for the kids.

Now for me, it is all about that yummy food you can only get that one time of the year. I have to say that some of the food you find at the fair is a bit far fetched for me.

Fried Twinkies, Fried Banana Splits, Fried Cake on a Stick Ugh! none of that is for me. I like to stick to the old favorites. Turkey Legs, Sausage on a Stick, Corny Dog's, Funnel Cakes and Fresh Lemonade now those are the bomb.

My youngest son Carson loves to get the corn dogs at the Fair or at Canton Trade Days, so that is the first thing we have to hunt down when it is time to stop for lunch.

I saw this recipe for Homemade Corn Dogs at The Hillbilly Housewife. I thought it would be neat to surprise my son with homemade corny dogs, plus I wanted to see if they actually turned out using this recipe.

Can you believe I have never made homemade corn dogs, I always thought it was pretty difficult so I never attempted it.

You can imagine my excitement when the corn dogs were done and they turned out. I couldn't believe how easy it was, plus they taste so much better than the ones you buy at the store.

The true test was Carson he is so picky, but no worries he gave our corn dogs a thumbs up and so did Mackenzie. The left over corn dogs store in the freezer nicely, so you can warm them up for another day.

I just added mine to a large ziplock bag, when I want to use them i just defrost in the microwave and add them to the toaster oven. Do you make any homemade convience food? I would love for you to share any recipes.

See thumbs up from the kid's. Well Carson is trying to get his thumb up.


These are the ingredients you will need: Buttermilk, eggs, sugar, salt, baking powder, yellow corn meal, all purpose flour, hot dogs, vegetable oil and wooden sticks (Popsicle or Chopsticks)


In a large bowl combine the buttermilk, eggs, oil, sugar and salt. Mix it very well.


Sprinkle in the baking powder, corn meal and flour. Stir it all up to make a slightly thick batter.


Take your hot dogs and dry them off on paper towels.


I used chopsticks


Dust the hot dogs with flour, coating them completely. The cornmeal batter won't stick to the hot dogs unless they are coated in flour. The batter just slides right off of the wieners naturally slick outsides. Shove Popsicle sticks into the flour coated hot dogs.


Set the hot dogs aside.


While all of this is going on, it's a good idea to get the oil heated up. You want the temperature to be about 375 degrees. Allow the oil to preheat so it is almost smoking by the time you are ready to add the corn dogs. Scoop some of your corn meal batter into a narrow jar or cup which is as tall as your hot dogs are long. Fill the jar or cup about 3/4 of the way full. I used the largest mason jar I had on hand. A large cup will work just as well.


Dip your hot dog into the batter while you hold onto the stick. Swirl the hot dog to coat it evenly. Be careful or the batter will overflow. Raise the wiener above the cup and let any excess batter drip off.


Quickly place the battered dog into the hot oil. The fat (oil) will bubble up and cook the outside of the batter, making the corn dogs the exact same shape as the ones you buy at the store.

This was the part of the recipe that my husband and I were skeptical on. We just could not imagine how it would puff up around the hot dog and look just like a corn dog that you buy.


Only fry a few corn dogs at a time. If the corn dogs crowd each other they don't fry very well. I only fry 2 or 3 at a time. Turn the corn dogs when the bottom side is well browned.

We have also used our deep fryer to fry corn dogs. The key is don't use the basket and when you place the corn dog in the deep fryer don't let it touch anything.

Hold the stick by the tongs and dip the corn dog in the grease and turn it a bit till it puffs up all around then drop in the grease all the way to cover the corn dogs.

Use tongs to remove the cooked corn dogs from the fat. Allow them to drain on paper towels. Repeat the process, coating and frying a few at a time, until all of the corn dogs are cooked. Refill the narrow jar or cup with batter from your bowl as necessary.

Continue until all the hot dogs are coated or until you no longer have enough batter to coat the hot dogs efficiently. I used a pack of 10 Oscar Mayer hot dogs. We still had some batter left over, so we saved it in the refrigerator.

The next day we made mini corn dogs for lunch the next day. I just cut the hot dog into 3rd's and dipped them in the batter and dropped them in hot oil. The kids were so excited the next day to have mini corn dogs.





Homemade Corny Dogs

1 - cup buttermilk
2 - medium eggs
1/4 - cup canola oil
2 - tablespoons sugar
1 - teaspoon salt
2 - teaspoons baking powder
1 1/3 - cups corn meal
2/3 - cup flour
1 to 1-1/2 - pounds (aprox 10) hot dogs (I use oscar mayer or hebrew national)
flour for dusting (about 1/2 cup)
Oil for Frying (Canola or Vegetable)
Popsicle sticks, Chop Sticks or Wooden Meat Skewers

In a large bowl combine the buttermilk, eggs, oil, sugar and salt. Mix it very well. Sprinkle in the baking powder, corn meal and flour. Stir it all up to make a slightly thick batter.

Take your hot dogs and dry them off on paper towels. Dust the hot dogs with flour, coating them completely. The cornmeal batter won’t stick to the hot dogs unless they are coated in flour. The batter just slides right off of the wieners naturally slick outsides.

Stick the Popsicle sticks into the flour coated hot dogs. Set the hot dogs aside.While all of this is going on, it’s a good idea to get the oil heated up. You want the temperature to be about 375°. Allow the oil to preheat so it is almost smoking by the time you are ready to add the corn dogs.

Now, to coat the floured hot dogs with batter you have two choices. You can swirl the hot dogs in the bowl of batter until they are coated, and then drop them into the hot fat. If this is a little difficult I know of an easier way.

Scoop some of your corn meal batter into a narrow jar or cup which is as tall as your hot dogs are long. Fill the jar or cup about 3/4 of the way full.

Dip your hot dog into the batter while you hold onto the stick. Swirl the hot dog to coat it evenly. Be careful or the batter will overflow. Raise the wiener above the cup and let any excess batter drip off. Quickly place the battered dog into the hot oil.

The fat (oil) will bubble up and cook the outside of the batter, making the corn dogs the exact same shape as the ones you buy at the store. Only fry a few corn dogs at a time. If the corn dogs crowd each other they don’t fry very well. I only fry 2 or 3 at a time.

Turn the corn dogs when the bottom side is well browned. Use tongs to remove the cooked corn dogs from the fat (oil). Allow them to drain on paper towels. Repeat the process, coating and frying a few at a time, until all of the corn dogs are cooked.

Refill the narrow jar or cup with batter from your bowl as necessary. Continue until all the hot dogs are coated or until you no longer have enough batter to coat the hot dogs efficiently. If you don’t want to waste any unused batter, it can be dropped by small spoonfuls into the hot fat (oil), and fried until brown. Serve these along side the corn dogs.

If desired, you can make small corn dogs by cutting hot dogs into thirds, or quarters. Poke a toothpick up into the end of the hot dogs. Coat and fry them as described above. These are nice for fancy days, and for kids parties. Provide plenty of ketchup and mustard for dipping.

recipe yields 12 - 14 corn dogs.


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32 comments:

Heidi said... #

I have to try this recipe. I tried making corn dogs after being inspired by Sandra Lee... well, she baked them. They just aren't the same! Then another time I tried to make them and didn't roll the dogs in the flour. Big Mistake. All the corn slipped right off! We love our state fair too and it has great corn dogs with mustard. I will try this recipe and see how they compare :)

Noor said... #

I have always wanted to make these. I always bought the frozen ones at wal mart but no one eat them here so I need to make this, thanks for the recipe.

Emily said... #

I have to try this!!! I love corn dogs, but cannot stomach frozen store bought ones!! These look soo good!

Patti said... #

My mom used to make homemade corn dogs when I was growing up. I have the recipe and have made them several times over the years. This brings back fond memories!

My New 30 said... #

I'm with ya on the Fair Food - Funnel Cakes?? OH MY!!!!

But, I LOVE LOVE homemade corn dogs!! Yours look perfect!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said... #

Tina, I love corn dogs. Dip them in a mixture of ketchup and mustard and I get visions of fairs and carnivals in my head. How lovely. Thanks sweetie for the great recipe and show and tell.

Cat@3KidsandUs said... #

I would love to try this, but I have such a stupid question. What is hot fat? And the oil in the recipe, what kind of oil (vegetable, canola, etc)?

Erin, Nick and Merrick said... #

Yummy!

Terri said... #

Oh my gosh, you make this look so easy. Corn dogs are my favorite "fair" food! I never pass them up. I have got to try these!

newlyweds said... #

How fun, and they look so good and fairly easy to make. Glad the kids enjoyed them.

Krystal said... #

I love the idea of the mini corn dogs, they'd be such a nice snack for my daughter

Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Cat@3KidsandUs, What is hot fat? And the oil in the recipe, what kind of oil (vegetable, canola, etc)?

For the oil it never stated int he original recipe, so I used vegetable oil. Hot Fat is just referring to the grease/oil you are frying the corn dogs in.

Crazy About Cakes said... #

Yum! We love corn dogs! I have never actually made them for the kids before, but you have inspired me. Thanks.

from my motorhome to yours said... #

I have to make these for ther grandkids!!!!

siteseer said... #

THese look great and not that difficult. I'll have to give it a try. I like the idea of mini dogs too. Great for the kids.

Cat@3KidsandUs said... #

Ahh thank you! I will write that down.

Vicki said... #

We will have this for dinner at our next movie night!

Brandy said... #

Guess I'll have to buy oil for the deep fryer. I've been putting it off but I cannot deny my family of homemade corn dogs.

These look delish!

jennifer said... #

I made these for my family tonight and they loved them!! I can't wait to make mini ones tomorrow with the left over batter. Thanks for a great idea and great recipe!

Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Jennifer I am so glad you made them and liked them. Ü my son says they are better than the frozen ones. I added them again to my menu for next month, they are so fun to make.

Anonymous said... #

my second favorite thing in the world

shweetpotato said... #

Tried these today, very nummy, I blogged them.. Ill probably make some corn babies tomorrow with the leftover batter. I did add about a tablespoon of honey :D Carm

Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Umm Carm what a awesome addition. I am on my way to go check out your site and the post. Glad you liked them.

shweetpotato said... #

Yep I used regular milk, maybe thats why :D they were still delicious :D cant wait to make bites tomorrow :D omgosh Im thinking of putting cheese inside one and frying it lol..YUMMMERS

Michelle said... #

I love corn dogs, but hate the texture of cheap hot dogs, I like kosher dogs,And I know what I am eating, will have to try, yum yum

Astrid said... #

I just HAVE to try your corn dog recipe! My girls just LOVE 'em but I've never tried making them. Thanks for sharing. I know my girls thank you too! (in advance)

Qtpies7 said... #

It's nice to see someone else loves the Hillbilly Housewife! I had never thought to make my own before, but we had a house guest from France here for a month and he fell in love with corn dogs, but he can't get them there. So I started searching for a way for him to make them. Now I think it sounds like fun!

Aleks said... #

I made these last night and they were perfect and yummy!!!
Everybody was thrilled and I've been asked why I have never made these before ;)
so this will definitely be a keeper for us :)
Greetings from Germany!

PS. I sooo LOVE your blog anyways, keep up the good work!!!

j said... #

I don't eat hot dogs, but was thinking about another idea when I read your homemade refried beans recipe...what if I made little balls with a thicker mixture of refried beans and then put the corn coating on...not corny dogs, but maybe corny beanballs?

Mamma Koehler said... #

I have cooked these 3 times in the last 4 weeks!... I LOVE THEM! & We are having them again tonight! I fry them in Canola Oil and it just gives them a wonderful flavor! MMMM! Thanks for sharing with us!!

Kerry said... #

This is great! We are doing a "carnival night" and these corn dogs would be perfect. We were wondering how to fry them; we thought we'd have to do it with the dogs standing up but frying them like you did looks like it'll work out just fine!
Thanks so much!!
xoxo

Anonymous said... #

We are doing deep fried sat at my house for the family and we do wings and chicken fingers...I am making this recipe tonight with ball park all beef franks....I will post tomorrow and let yall know how they turn out!