These easy and tasty Mini Corn Dogs were the perfect way to satisfy a corn dog craving.
Mini Corn Dogs
Now that spring is officially here and the weather has been behaving more like it should I’m starting to look forward to summer, my favorite season. Something about it speaks to the kid inside me and reminds me of long days outside making up games and getting into trouble. Every summer my family went to the California State Fair and even though it meant school was starting soon I looked forward to it every year. Getting to wander around chomping on a perfect corn dog was one of the highlights of my childhood. There is nothing like state fair corn dogs, even when you buy the ones in the freezer section that claim to be the same ones.
I got so excited when I saw these Mini Corn Dogs on Pinterest, the batter looked perfect and they started one of those cravings that are impossible to deny. You guys know how that goes around here…it leads to a frantic need to get in the kitchen and make them NOW. Unfortunately, my corn meal was infested with weevils. That discovery led to a small meltdown that involved pulling every single thing out of the pantry to check for bugs. The good news is that it was only the corn meal, but I would love to know how they got through a closed ziploc and into a sealed container.
The infestation required a trip to the store for more corn meal to satisfy the craving. Y’all I have to admit is was totally worth it and I will absolutely make these again. As as added bonus now my pantry is clean, bug free and completely reorganized!
Y’all this batter was so easy. I tossed in the new corn meal, a little flour, salt and baking powder then mixed it up. I skipped adding the Cayenne because Joe would probably explode or something.
I added the egg and honey to the milk in the measuring cup, stirred it then dumped it in.
THAT’S IT, batter was done! It took about 7 minutes and that was because I had to find stuff in the pantry now that it’s been reorganized.
Y’all know I tend to go the lazy route when I can, so putting any sort of stick in the hot dogs sounded like a lot more work than I was willing to do. I cut them into 3 pieces and threw them in the batter.
A slotted spoon was perfect for fishing out the hot dogs and draining off excess batter. The problem was, when I tried to use it to test the oil with a little batter it fell through the slots on the counter (Duh!). I jumped when the first bit hit the counter and threw some of it off the end of the spoon and in the air. Yep, there’s a reason that mess is in the tagline of this site…
The worst part of the whole thing was that Joe walked in right before I started with the batter test so he saw the whole thing and laughed the entire time I was moving the coated hot dogs into the hot oil and cleaning up the mess. It’s bad enough that I do stuff like that on a regular basis but it’s even worse when someone else sees it. Then again, I always tell you guys about it anyway so it probably doesn’t matter but at least I don’t have to *hear* you laughing at me.
I didn’t time them in the oil, mostly because I forgot and was busy cleaning batter off the counters, floor and range hood. When they looked done, I pulled them out with another slotted spoon and put them on a plate covered in paper towels to drain off any excess oil.
These were so good and even with the mess, easy to make. The batter was a little thinner than I wanted so next time I will cut back on the milk, other than that y’all these were just about perfect. Not only did these satisfy the corn dog craving but Joe also loved them. He took one bite, said “Oh, yum!” and dropped his video game controller to concentrate on his plate. Y’all in the last 20 years or so, I have never seen anything like that happen. These were obviously a win with him too!
What is your favorite fair/carnival food? Are you a corn dog fanatic? Love funnel cakes more than anything else? Leave me a comment and tell me all about what you head for as soon as you walk on a midway.
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