Homemade Mini Corn Dogs

Total Time:
27 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
12 min

Yield:
40 corndogs
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 (16-ounce) package beef hot dogs, each cut crosswise into 3 pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising cornmeal mix
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • Special Equipment: 40 (6-inch) wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes
Directions

In a large Dutch oven, pour the vegetable oil to a depth of 4 inches. Heat the oil to 350 degrees F.

Place the cornstarch in a small bowl. Place 1 hot dog piece on the end of each skewer. Dredge the hot dogs in cornstarch, gently tapping off the excess.

In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal mix, flour, and sugar. Add the buttermilk, whisking until smooth.

Holding the ends of the skewers, dip the hot dogs into the cornmeal batter to completely cover the hot dog. Holding the ends of the skewers, carefully place the battered hot dogs into the hot oil. Fry until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Repeat procedure with remaining skewered hotdogs and cornmeal batter.


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Amazing our kids love this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Real easy to make ! I substituted the butter milk with soy milk and they came out perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
worst recipe ever! A complete fail, the batter didn't stick at all, and I took the advice of drying the hot dogs off first. What a waste of time! item not reviewed by moderator and published
They are AMAZING. I always make these for get togethers, and I never have any leftover. They've become my staple party item and I'm popular for it. Oh Paula! This is a good one! item not reviewed by moderator and published
a great hit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This mini corn dog recipe was a real hit!!! Easy for kids to follow and so delicious! We all loved it! We used Oscar Myers's hotdogs and they gave it a great taste. : item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these with regular size hot dogs and my extremely picky eater grandson loved them. Every time he comes over to stay or for dinner is disappointed if they are not on my menu. Making them again next week for him. Thanks Paula. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Everyone loved them! Can't remember the last time I had a corn dog, Thanks Paula for another great recipe!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are delicious. My grandson loved them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were great, my family loved them! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best corndog since A&W had them in the 60's. I used self-rising cornmeal, too. Just the right amount of sugar makes a big difference. Very crunchy, delicious!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved this recipe. Ladies! if you want your batter to STICK, dry the hot dog first with a paper towel! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this recipe last night and it didn't work for me. I couldn't find corn meal mix, so I had to use straight corn meal. I followed the recipe exactly, and went to dip the hot dogs in the batter, and the batter slid right off! I even tried rinsing the corn starch off and dipping again, same result. I did manage to get some of the batter to sort of stay on the hot dog and I fried it, but it didn't taste very good, not like other corn dogs I've had. At that point, I gave up and threw away the batter and put the hot dogs away. Very disappointing. Thanks Paula, but it just didn't work. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! So much better than store bought! Will have to make them more often! item not reviewed by moderator and published
To all the people confused about the cornmeal, the ingredient calls for self rising cornmeal mix. That's basically cornmeal, flour, baking powder and salt. It's a mix used for homemade cornbread. I thought they turned out great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
best ever!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this recipe!! Great as a sunday football app.... chef Zeb item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought this dish was absolutely delish! Kids love it, and if you don't want them mini, you can use a whole hot dog. I saw the mistake on the recipe, but not everything has to be handed to us, I mean everyone makes mistakes, even food network. I figured it out, so you can too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Mmmm... these were soo good,I would make them again in no time! They are quik and easy, and kids love them! they could also help in the kitchen with them! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just attempted these mini corn dogs today and they are great! The batter turned out crispy & very tasty. Fortunately I saw the show and remembered that Bobby used a corn muffin mix (Jiffy instead of the cornmeal (listed in the recipe and self-rising flour. After reading the reviews about the cornstarch not helping keep the batter on, I put the cornstarch in a Ziploc bag and shook my dogs. I also didn't anticipate how long it would take for the oil to heat to 350 degrees, so my batter sat for at least 20 minutes before I used, which gave it time to rest and rise. For those of you who tried and didn't like, please try again, using the right ingredients. You won't be sorry. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this was sooo yummy! I made it for my job's "food day" today and I made some beef and some pork/chicken hot dogs. They were a huge hit, and they're completely gone. People who had never tasted a corn dog before even loved them... of course I read the previous comments and adjusted the recipe to what it should be and they were so easy to make... I LOVE paula and her wonderful recipes... I wish I could be a guest on her show... I wish you all love and best dishes from my kitchen to yours!! :- item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were very good, and I used what Paula used in the show,self rising flour and regular cornmeal. Only 4 stars because I had a TERRIBLE time trying to keep the batter on the hot dog.It would not stick to the corn starch AT ALL!!! Maybe I will try again sometime and coat with flour first. Has anybody got info how to make the batter stick better? Otherwise delicious!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula, you did it again. These corny dogs are ummmmmmmmmmmmmmm good. Tasty and easy to cook. It's been years since I've eaten corny dogs, because I don't like them. Well, Ms Paula, they 're on my favorite list now. LOVE your recipes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Miss.Paula & Jamie are Fabulous! I couldn't Wait,so took a short cut and bought pre~cooked and Hunny devoured His and I left nothing but the stick. This recipe is even better~Beyond State Fairs as Jamie mentioned during Show.Left over Batter?Think Chicken "bites",dare I mention Sausage "links" too? Go crazy!So Delicious,A Big ol' "Yum".{Try a little bit of Flour to barely coat the Hot Dogs.If not a touch "wet" will not hold any Flour which is a glue for Batter}.Yes,Rising Flour&Sweet Corn Meal in 1/2 each makes Difference in Recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had a hard time getting the mixture to stick to the cornstarch, and when it did stick, I could still taste a little of the cornstarch after frying. Still, they were delicious and I really like the sweetness to them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am SO disappointed. I made the recipe as shown and THEN saw that the ingredients were incorrect. As made, the corn dogs were NOT good at all. What a waste of food and time. Shame on Food Network. In the future, I will make sure I read the reviews BEFORE following any recipe. I only gave it one star because I was required to do so. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A Texan born and raised knows what a corn dog should taste like....especially since these golden, crispy morsels were born here. The recipe is definitely different than Paula explained on the show. As everyone has already stated it is 1/2 cup of self-rising flour and 1 1/2 cup of cornmeal. The cornstarch is paramount to the process so don't leave it out. The result? Delicious, crispy, golden brown nuggets of artery clogging goodness!! They taste just like the dogs at the Texas State Fair. Delish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Can these be made ahead of time and frozen? item not reviewed by moderator and published
they were very good!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I liked the corn dogs, I thought they had a good texture and crispyness to them. Thank you for the corn dogs. item not reviewed by moderator and published
was just telling my hubby that I wish I had a corn dog recipe...well, this is it and yes, it's 1/2c self rising flour and 1 1/2 cups cornmeal mix just to correct the recipe...very tasty... item not reviewed by moderator and published
just saw the show and its 1/2 cup of self raising flour and 1 1/2 cups of cornmeal, the recipe in the page is not correct. but there great!!! just made them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just made these mini corn dogs and the batter didnt have any flavor at all... Next time I'll add a few extra ingredients to gain more flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Reminded me of State Fair corn dogs. Excellent. Will definitely make again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were a HUGE hit with my guys! I used 'lil smokies sausages instead of hotdogs & add some cayenne pepper & garlic pepper to the mix. I also used buttermilk flavored self rising cornmeal as it was what I had on hand. I tried dredging 1st in the cornstarch, but the batter would not stick, just slid off. So I left it off the remainder of the smokies. That may have been due to the fact that my flour was also self rising, but again, it was what I had on hand. Never the less, my husband repeatedly commented how much he liked them. This will be a repeat for sure! item not reviewed by moderator and published
my family loved these corndogs! i bought a pkg of jalapeno hotdogs and a pkg of cheese dogs and cut them into halves instead of thirds, they were delicious! i followed the recipe as stated on the show, using self-rising FLOUR and regular cornmeal. they were perfect. didn't know they made self-rising cornmeal. will continue to make these! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My mother fixed these for my two children and they are still going on how great they were. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Athenna is right; they used a corn muffin mix on the show. I made these for an after school snack when I knew my boys would be hungry & dinner would be late. They were a big hit! Didn't use any sticks, just dropped the mini dogs in the hot oil; they were great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Had never eaten a corn dog in my life. Saw these and decided to try them for Super Bowl Sunday! They were a great hit! Cutting the hot dogs in thirds made them the perfect size for appetizers. Used self-rising corn meal although I though that I heard that self-rising flour was used on the show. Regardless, they were great and I will make them again when my daughter comes homw from college! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just like at the texas state fair. item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG! These were amazing and not really that sweet! Easy and yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just finished making these corn dogs.They are a hit,my family really enjoyed them. Thanks Paula.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were SO YUMMY! My entire family loved them! We just made them for Super Bowl and I just had to leave a comment! I used self-rising cornmeal and regular flour, and it worked like a charm! I forgot to get the buttermilk, but skim milk worked perfectly! I just made sure the batter didn't get to runny as I stirred in the milk. We used popsicle sticks as the skewers, and they were perfect for the mini corn dogs. I cut the bun length hotdogs into 3 pieces, and stuck them on a popsicle stick and they were a perfect snacking size! Thanks so much Paula! We have a new game day favorite in our house! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So incredibly delicious, easy and FUN to make! I used the self-rising corn meal and regular flour just like Paula's recipe. But I didn't have buttermilk so I used whole milk! And I used Splenda instead of sugar and there was no difference in taste! I made a whole package of hot dogs and they are GONE and the Super Bowl doesn't even start for another 5 hours. These are better than the ones you get at the carnival. Thanks Paula! You're the best! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have seen lots of questions about the cornmeal. I watched the show when these were made and they used a boxed cornmeal mix, I know that I love Jiffy cornmeal mix so I am going to try that for the cornmeal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this today and they are great. What do you do with old oil? Fry potatoes and it takes out the other flavors and they are great and well. If you dont have self riseing corn bread mix. Just make a batch of corn bread dry indegerants without adding the egg and milk. And use the buttermilk and every thing else he said to. I holp this helps you. I tryed. lol item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have not made them yet I am going to make this weekend for superbowl sunday. Everything Paula makes is great item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a fantastic recipe...I highly recommend. Easy to make and wonderful for kids and adults alike. Give them a try...you won't be disappointed! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I watched Paula and Jamie make these. I think the recipe was misprinted. The flour is self-rising not the cornmeal. Now I'm wondering if the amounts of flour and cornmeal are wrong. Haven't tried this recipe for this very reason. item not reviewed by moderator and published
self-rising cornmeal mix can you make it? OK if you dont have self-rising cornmeal mix what can you do? would like to try this and dont have it. HELP item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought these tasted just like the real thing! I used regular cornmeal instead of self-rising cornmeal, so I think that is what made the difference in the batter, I also ran out of buttermilk and replaced the rest with regular milk, so that probably made the big difference also. So I suggest to not use regular cornmeal. Other than that, these were delicious! I will absoulutely be making these again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Question, what do you guys do with your used oil? item not reviewed by moderator and published
The reason she uses the cornstarch is to keep the batter to the hot dogs, which she pointed out on the program. I havent made these yet, but plan on it for the super bowl party. Plus I dont reuse oil after deep frying, leaves an after taste on other food. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am not really sure why they used cornstarch. I know I use it to make things crispier when deep frying. If you look at oriental recipes for sweet and sour pork, etc., they use cornstarch. It makes the product crispier and stays that way after adding the sauce. Not like flour after it gets soggy. It is also gluten free. I am a huge fan of corn dogs. Never could get a good recipe until now. Really like this one. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I don't fry very much, but decided to try this recipe today because my grandchildren love corn dogs. I have decided to invest in an electric fryer--these corn dogs are really good. I used soaked toothpicks because my skewers were too long. I will buy some skewers of the appropriate size and make these many times in the future, I'm sure. To one of the previous reviewers, they said on the show that the cornstarch was used to help keep the batter on the dog. Thanks once again, Paula and family for another great recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these today after seeing them on the show! They are so good, I think I will make my own corndogs from now on! I used flour instead of cornstarch to dredge because that is what I had on hand, and I only had 2% milk, they turned out great! Thanks Paula and Jamie! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sorry, not a review but a couple questions: why dredge the hot dogs in cornstarch vs flour? I've not seen cornstarch used like this. When thickening sauces or gravies, is there any hard and fast rule about when to use cornstarch and when to use flour? THANKS! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think the issue here was you did not use the self-rising cornmeal.  If you used just plain cornmeal, the leavening agent which is baking powder/or baking soda) and salt needed to be added.  Just straight cornmeal without any leavening agent won't work.  That could be why the batter didn't stick.  The other reviewers did not have that issue.  Probably because they followed the instructions. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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