Have I told you about my crazy love of corn dogs? I mean, I like a good hot dog, but a corn dog is just something else entirely. Juicy, mystery meat goodness speared on a stick and wrapped in sweet corn batter and fried. What could it be but love? I just don’t understand why Jimmy Buffett hasn’t written a song about them. Okay, to be fair, the mystery meat component sometimes lurks as a question mark in the back of my head, because I tend to like knowing what’s in my food. Unless it’s fish sauce. I have zero desire to know what fish sauce is made of. But seriously, sometimes when I eat hotdogs I can hear Joan Cusack’s voice scolding me with “There’s no food in your food!” (Leave me a shout below if you can place the quote.) I remember in college my roommates and I used to buy the low fat, low calories hot dogs and I shudder to think what was in those guys. Plus, low fat hot dog? How good could that have been? Might as well have eaten the real thing. But I’ve grown to purchase better and better quality hot dogs. So you can only imagine how ridiculously excited I was when Applegate offered to send me a Wienervention Kit. Yes. A Wienervention Kit. I know, I love it too.
And when I say ridiculous, I mean ridiculous. I think I told everyone I spoke to for about a week that I was getting a Wienervention Kit. Honestly, I’m just ecstatic that there is something out in the world called a Wienervention Kit, let alone that it’s all about hot dogs. It comes with beef hot dogs, organic buns, Annie’s ketchup and mustard, grill tools, hot dog boats and more. Getting that in the mail is like Christmas morning. But with hot dogs. So here’s the kicker, Applegate is sponsoring a giveaway so I can give a Wienervention Kit to one of you. Yes, that’s right. I’m hosting a Wienervention Giveaway. You too could be a wienervener. Keep reading to the end of this post to find out how to enter for a chance to win your very own Wienervention Kit.
To celebrate having received my Wienervention Kit, I decided to be brave and make my own corn dogs. Previously, corn dogs were a mysterious and elusive treat to be hunted down at street festivals and county fairs. Could I really bring the magic to life in my own kitchen? The answer is yes. And conveniently, my Wienervention Kit included bamboo skewers. Perfect. As it turns out, making corn dogs is pretty simple. You just heat up the oil, mix the batter, dunk the dogs and fry them until nice and golden brown. The trickiest part is maintaining the oil temperature and, because hot dogs are completely pre-cooked, you don’t have to worry about any meat not getting fully cooked.
Now, you may have noticed that the title of this post mentions hush puppies. After dipping 8 dogs into the batter to send them on their way to corn dog glory, I was left with a bunch of batter. Technically, I could have made more corn dogs, but I wanted to save my second pack of dogs for another day. Not wanting to waste the batter, I scooped up spoonfuls and fried them to some crispy goodness. Then I tossed them with some honey. Oh yes I did.
- Peanut Oil, for frying
- 1 C Flour
- 1 C Corn Meal
- ¼ C Sugar
- 1½ tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- ¼ tsp Baking Soda
- ⅛ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 C Buttermilk (good, real, thick buttermilk)
- ¼ C pureed fresh Corn (kernels from 2 to 3 large ears)
- 1 Egg, large
- 8 Hot Dogs
- 2 Tbsp Cornstarch
- Honey, optional
- Corn Dogs
- Put the oil on the stove or in a fryer to heat to 360 to 375 degrees F. (if frying on the stove, a tall narrow pot works best due to the length of the corn dogs).
- Whisk together the flour, corn meal, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda and black pepper.
- In a separate bowl or measuring cup, mix together the buttermilk, corn puree and egg.
- Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until it just comes together and then let it sit for about 10 minutes to let the buttermilk work its magic.
- Hot dogs tend to be wet when they come out of the pack, so dry them off with a paper towel. Then dredge the dogs in the cornstarch, skewer with a bamboo skewer or disposable wood chopstick and set aside.
- When the oil hits 360 degrees F, you can start frying the corn dogs. Pour the batter into a pint class and dip the dog in the batter. You may need to do a little manual cleanup to make sure the dog is coated or to remove excess batter.
- Fry the dogs in the hot oil for 4 to 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Remember, the hot dog is cooked, so the world won't end if you under cook it. When ready, remove the corn dog to a wire rack to cool a little before devouring. Repeat with the rest of the dogs, keeping an eye on the oil temperature so it stays between 360 and 375.
- Hush Puppies
- If you have batter left over, drop it into the oil by spoonfuls and fry to about 6 minutes, or until an even golden brown.
- When finished cooking, remove the hush puppies from the oil and set on the wire rack to cool.
- While the hush puppies are perfectly good dipped in ketchup or bbq sauce, they are also wonderful when tossed in honey while warm.
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