Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Fun Summer Food

You just can't beat a good ole hot, fresh corn dog!  Crispy on the outside and moist on the inside... Mmmmmm! My experience has pretty much consisted of microwaved or baked ones until today.  I was inspired by the famous ' corny dog ' from the Texas State Fair.  I really want to go someday, so I was reading about all the delicious, southern fried EVERYTHING they serve there. Evidently a Corny Dog is a must have if you go.  I searched different corny dog recipes online and picked the one that had the most praise. It's taken me a few days to gather my ingredients, but I finally got it all together today and went for it.  It was So fun and easy! This would be great to do for a kids party or something. I threw some tater tots in the oven to go with them and it made a yummy, and easy ( unhealthy ) supper. I just feel like I should be sitting in a stadium seat, watching a baseball game. :o)  Here's the recipe I used :

2 cups yellow corn meal
1/2 cup flour
1 heaping tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 egg beaten
2 cups buttermilk
2 tbsp bacon drippings or peanut oil
8 hot dogs
thin wooden sticks
1 quart peanut oil

Mix the cornmeal and flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat the egg in the buttermilk and add to dry ingredients. Stir in 2 tbsp of oil or bacon drippings. pour batter into a tall glass or mason jar. Heat peanut oil in large pot or dutch oven to 365 degrees. Gently poke the sticks into the hot dogs about halfway. Put some flour on a plate and roll the hot dog in it to coat it ( this helps the batter stick ). Dip the hot dog into the batter then add to the oil. cook for 3 minutes, turning occasionally. Serve immediately.  .
Notes - you can jazz up your batter by adding jalapenos  or chipotles.  Or you can get fancy and make it with sausage.


Heather said...

Jalapenos sound good!!

Heather said...

I only made a half batch and did 4 hot dogs.. I'd love to experiment with jalapenos!