Corn dogs are a classic snack food. Originally created as a way to use up leftover cornmeal and meat scraps, they have become a favorite all across the world.
While the original recipe uses cornmeal to coat the hot dogs, most recipes online do not mention adding the batter to water. This can make for a very dense and hard corn dog, which is not pleasant to eat.
Making corn dogs without cornmeal is possible! You just have to adjust the batter slightly. This version is our own creation, and we are proud of it! Give it a try and let us know what you think.
Hot dogs can be pricey, so making your own can save you some money. Alternatively, you could use lower cost brands of hot dogs to reduce the cost of the overall dish.
Mix in corn dog batter mix
Once the batter is mixed, it is time to add in the corn dog batter mix. Most recipes recommend just using plain flour, but we find that the texture and flavor is better with a mix.
These mixes can be found at most grocery stores and even online. Make sure to get one that includes brown sugar and paprika as these enhance the flavor of the corn dog.
All you have to do now is mix in some of the batter with some pork strips and you are almost there! Just make sure to heat up the oil enough so that it cooks all sides of the corn dog and does not break.
Once they are cooked, let them cool slightly then dunk them in some ketchup or mustard.
Deep fry until brown
Once the corn dog is wrapped in the pancake batter, it is time to fry it. Make sure your oil is hot enough before dropping it in or it will not cook through and can become greasy.
We recommend frying the corn dog for about 3 minutes until it is a golden brown. You can always test if it is cooked through by poking a piece with a fork- if it comes out clean, then its done!
Once cooked, let it dry on a paper towel before serving. You can also roll them in powdered sugar or sauce them if you want an extra flavor boost!
Make sure to be careful when frying these as they are long and awkward to handle. Use a fork or other tool to help turn them as you fry so all sides cook evenly.
Corn dogs are a fun treat to make, but they can be hard to perfect.
Remove and let dry
Once the dog is completely cooked, let it cool off before you try to remove it. Then, use a fork to pry the dog off of the stick.
Once it is off of the stick, let it cool completely before cutting into it. Once it is cooled, you can cut it into pieces and eat it!
This is an important step as if you cut into it while it is hot, the inside may be raw and not fully cooked. That would not be too tasty!
Corn dogs are typically served with a honey mustard sauce. This sauce is perfect for dipping as it adds some sweetness to the salty dog.
Mix together corn starch and water
The first step in how to make corn dogs without cornmeal is to mix together corn starch and water. You will need enough water to combine with the corn starch to make a thick, paste-like substance.
Mix these together in a bowl until you have a consistency similar to that of batter for fried foods. If it is too runny, it will not hold together when it is cooked, and if it is too thick, it will not cook properly or taste good.
This part is very important as well- if you do not have enough of either the starch or the water, then your corndog will not cook properly and may come out dry and crumbly.
Coat dog in batter mix
Once the dog is fully submerged in the batter mix, give it a few shakes to make sure that the entire dog is coated. You can also use a spoon or fork to push the batter into crevices of the dog.
Once all of the dog is covered in batter, take it out and let it dry. This can take a few minutes or even an hour depending on the heat of the oil.
Once it looks set and not wet or shiny, it is ready to be fried! Make sure your oil temperature is at least 350 F before putting in the corn dog. If it is not hot enough, then the corn dog will taste bland and soggy.
Once it is done, let it cool for a few minutes before eating so that you do not burn yourself! As with normal hot dogs, you can add your favorite toppings like mustard and cheese for a classic hot dog sandwich.
Drop into oil until done
When you are ready to fry your corn dog, you will need to take some time to make sure it is done right. You do not want to serve a greasy corn dog, so taking your time to make sure it is cooked all the way through will help with this.
Once your batter is mixed, drop the entire assembly into the hot oil. Let it cook until you see a dark golden color and it looks like the dough is cooked all the way through. Then, take a needle or fork and spear the middle of the wiener to check if it is cooked through. If so, remove from oil and let cool on a towel before serving!
Making corn dogs without cornmeal can be tricky because of how soft and fluffy the dough can get.
Remove and let dry again
Once your corn dog is fully cooked, let it cool off before you eat it. This will be harder than it sounds, but it is important!
Once it is cool, rewarm it or serve it cold, but once you bite into it, you want to taste the dough and not what looks like raw batter.
Removing and letting the corn dog dry again will help with this. The butter used in the batter will help dry out the dog as well.
A little bit of moisture is okay, but too much will make the dog soft instead of crispy.
Mix together sugar and spices
Once the batter is mixed, you will need to add some flavor. You can do this by adding spices and/or sugar to the batter. Most recipes call for cornmeal as the main coating for the dog, but this recipe does not.
Instead, we suggest adding some spice mix and some brown sugar to the batter to give it some flavor. Make sure to mix these in well so that each piece of dough gets some flavor.
The spices we used were a little bit of garlic powder, onion powder, powdered sage, and cayenne pepper. These flavors go well with chicken and veggie dogs!
You can also use cheese in the batter if you want a cheesy corn dog. That would be delicious!
Make sure all of your ingredients are fully mixed together so that there is even coloring throughout the dough. This will ensure that your finished product looks nice.