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Mini Corn Dogs

Enjoy fair food at home! Mini corn dog recipe from scratch

Mini Corn Dogs * Goodie Godmother

old photo! Can you tell I didn’t know how to use my (at the time) new to me DSLR?

I hope you all had a beautiful Independence Day weekend! We stayed in town since we already have a rather substantial road trip coming up (ha!). Over the weekend we had the pleasure of sharing an evening with some friends for BBQ and a fire. Everyone brought a dish and I wanted something quintessentially summer and, ‘Merica. 😉

Enjoy fair food at home! Mini corn dog recipe from scratch

Looking in our fridge, I spied a package of hot dogs and I just knew that we “needed” mini corn dogs. Who doesn’t need a mini corn dog in the summer? Well, a lot of people I’m sure. Honestly, it’s been years since I’ve eaten one, but there’s a comfort in seeing them at fairs and festivals. They’re a relic of childhood, warm summer days, and riding bikes outside in circles so you stayed within sight of the front window. But if you’re going to make them at home, they’d better be amazing and better than some frozen something you buy in a box from the freezer section at the store. IMG_4391

Since we were sharing at a party, minis seemed like a better idea. I thought about using toothpicks as sticks or cutting skewers, but the look wasn’t quite right. I would absolutely use a skewer if you choose to make these as full size corn dogs. There is no other way to do it.

Enjoy fair food at home! Mini corn dog recipe from scratch

I’m in love with the batter! The little hint of garlic, subtle sweetness, cornmeal texture all play together so nicely. I need to find ways to use this batter again since, as you may have realized, fun fair food isn’t exactly a staple at the Godmother’s. Although given the upcoming series on churros, we are apparently having a minor infatuation… IMG_4401

Variation: I did attempt a bacon wrapped variation, but we preferred the original. If you would like to add bacon, wrap the dogs and cook the bacon around them, either in a skillet (pictured) or in an oven (place in the cold oven, heat to 400 F, watch closely). I had to skewer these with a toothpick for dipping and frying to hold the bacon in place. IMG_4387

Mini Corn Dogs
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8-12
  • 1 pound hot dogs (12 franks cut into quarters)
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 and ¼ cups milk
  • 4 cups vegetable oil for frying
  1. Cut hot dogs into quarters, pat dry, and set aside.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil over medium heat.
  3. While the oil is heating, combine the dry ingredients in a bowl. Make a well and add the milk and egg. Stir until smooth.
  4. Using a pair of tongs, dip the hot dogs in the mixture, coat well and shake off the excess.
  5. Drop corn dogs in the hot oil and cook until you've reached desired brown color, about 3-4 minutes.
  6. Drain corn dogs on a paper towel and serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce.

This post updated with new photos June 2015 as part of the #ThrowbackThursday photography project. 😉

Enjoy fair food at home! Mini corn dog recipe from scratch



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  • Reply
    April 25, 2017 at 4:05 am

    Can you make ahead of time?

    • Reply
      Mary (The Goodie Godmother)
      April 25, 2017 at 9:40 am

      They’re best when freshly made, but you can fry in advance and then reheat in the oven. That’s what I do with leftover… 375 F for 5-10 minutes until they’re warmed through.

  • Reply
    Tina Marie
    July 2, 2015 at 9:44 am

    My grandson absolutely loves corn dogs. Each year for his birthday we take him a really nice restaurant (he is 10 now) and he orders Corn Dogs! I’ve printed this recipe out for him to make them with me.

    • Reply
      July 2, 2015 at 9:56 am

      That’s so cute! I hope you enjoy making them together 🙂

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