- 1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 shallot, finely chopped
- 1/2 lemon, zested and juiced
- 1/4 cup bread crumbs
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Buttermilk Corn Batter:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 egg
- 2 cups yellow cornmeal
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
- 2 1/2 cups buttermilk
- Special equipment: Thick wooden pop sticks
- Dipping Sauce, recipe follows
For the shrimp:
Add all the shrimp ingredients to a food processor and pulse until well combined and smooth. Form the shrimp mixture into 7 equal sized 2-inch balls. Insert a wooden pop stick into the middle of each shrimp ball and form the ground shrimp into a shape similar to a hot dog. Place shrimp dogs on a cookie sheet and put in the refrigerator until well-chilled and firm, about 30 minutes.
For the corn batter:
Preheat deep-fryer to 350 degrees F.
While chilling shrimp dogs, prepare batter. In a large bowl, whisk together 1 cup flour, egg, cornmeal, garlic powder, sugar, baking powder and buttermilk.
Place the remaining 1 cup of flour onto a large plate. *Dredge chilled shrimp dogs into flour then dip into the batter and fry in the hot oil for 3 minutes or until dark and golden brown. Remove to a paper towel lined sheet tray to drain.
Serve with dipping sauce.
*Cook's Note: Hold corn dog by the stick for the first minute of frying, until batter becomes solid, then fry for another 2 minutes.