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Corn Dogs

Haute Dogs, Russell Van Kraayenburg, 2014

Some people think I’m crazy, and some people agree with me whole heartedly. Either way, I stand by my opinion: hot dogs are the best. Corn dogs are a special treat that I enjoy at festivals, and for no particular reason I’ve got some of my old favorite vendors on my mind today. Mr. & Mrs. Hulsey: this one is in your honor.

Corn Dog Batter

Makes enough batter for about 4 corn dogs

1/2 cup (2 1/4 ounces) yellow cornmeal

1/2 cup (2 1/4 ounces) all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 large egg

3/4 cup whole milk

Combine cornmeal, flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a medium bowl. In another medium bowl, combine egg and milk. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until a batter forms. Use immediately.

Corn Dog

Corn Dog Batter

Barbecue stick or bamboo skewer

All-beef hot dog

Ketchup, optional

Mustard, optional

Prep: Make the corn dog batter according to the recipe.

Assembly: Slide a stick into an all-beef hot dog and dip the dog in the batter to coat. Deep-fry for about 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove to a paper towel to drain. Top with ketchup, mustard, both, or neither.