An odd food holiday or food themed day is on March 28. It is deemed “Food on a Stick Day” or “Something on a Stick Day”. It seemed obvious to everyone I mentioned it to that corn dogs was the answer. While I know my family likes corn dogs, I don’t eat red meat so thought maybe I should make something else. I chose two foods on a stick. Yes, I did make homemade corn dogs.
Given my past successes and failures at deep frying I was a slight bit pessimistic. Of course I did look up several recipes for homemade corn dogs so I had a fairly good idea of what was in store. I had purchased 2 packages of hot dogs, one beef and one non-meat. Because I had some sticks on hand already I did not need to buy any of those. It seemed like a good start.
Everyone in my household was very eagerly awaiting the corn dogs. You would think they were at the San Diego County Fair waiting in line at Chicken Charlie’s. The girls and The Hubs were very excited for homemade corn dogs.
I started them in The Hubs fryer. It didn’t go so well, so I got out my Fry Daddy. That was working better, but still not perfectly. The Hubs walked in and saw a plate of fails, looked over at me and with a mouthful of failed corn dog said, “cook them without the stick”. I am married to a genius. From that point there were no problems.
The homemade corn dogs fried beautifully. They weren’t as uniform as the pre-made purchased kind, but they were good. I don’t officially know how many the girls ate, but I overheard Daughter Number Four utter the number 4.
According to The Hubs he ‘almost’ liked the non-beef ones better because they weren’t greasy. I thought they were excellent. While I do not eat even the non-meat hotdogs very often it is an occasional treat. Homemade corn dogs were especially treat-like.
The Hubs also thought the homemade corn dog batter would be great for some other deep fried goodies. I guess that means I see deep frying in my future.
What comes to mind when you hear “food on a stick”? It would be fun to have an entire food on a stick menu!
Homemade Corn Dogs
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar or honey
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk
- 16 hot dogs
- 16 wooden popsicle sticks or skewers
- Oil for deep frying
In a large bowl, mixing bowl, or blender jar combine cornmeal, flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder. Add egg and milk and blend thoroughly. This will be a stiff mixture.
Preheat oil in deep fryer or in a large skillet with high sides.
Pat hot dogs with a paper towel to remove moisture.
Dip hot dogs in batter, ensuring the dog is covered completely. Drop into hot oil, turning to cook evenly, until golden. Remove corn dog from oil to drain on a paper towel.
Serve with ketchup, mustard or other condiments.
Sticks can be placed inserted cooking if the fryer or skillet will hold the corn dog and stick. Otherwise, stick can be inserted after cooking.