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Course: Mains
Keyword: Beef, Comfort Food, Corn Dogs, Fried, Meats, Summer

Corn Dogs

ACTIVE TIME: 25 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 40 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
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  • 1 gallon peanut oil
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons (1 large) jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely minced
  • 1 (8.5-ounce) can cream-style corn
  • 1/3 cup finely grated onion
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch, for dredging
  • 8 beef hot dogs

Specialized Hardware

  • 8 sets chopsticks, not separated
  • Deep-fryer or cast-iron Dutch oven
  • Candy/fry thermometer
ACTIVE TIME: 25 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 40 minutes
Yield: 8 servings

Procedure

  • Pour oil into a deep-fryer or cast-iron Duth oven fitted with a candy/fry thermometer and heat to 375ºF.
  • Combine the cornmeal, flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cayenne pepper in a medium mixing bowl. In another bowl, combine the jalapeno, corn, onion, and buttermilk. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients all at once, and stir only enough times to bring the batter together; there should be lumps. Set the batter aside to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Scatter the cornstarch onto a dry plate. Roll each hot dog in the cornstarch and tap well to remove any excess.
  • Pour enough batter to almost fill a large drinking glass. Refill the glass as needed. Place each hot dog on chopsticks, and quickly dip in and out of the batter. Immediately and carefully place each hot dog into the oil and cook until coating is golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. With tongs, remove each corndog to a wire rack set inside a paper towel-lined half-sheet pan, and drain for 3 to 5 minutes.
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