It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.
Today: What's better than a hotdog? A hotdog on a stick that's been deep-fried in a cornmeal batter, that's what. Molly Yeh from my name is yeh is showing us how to make boring wieners into state fair stars.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but the corn dog needs no introduction. He’s classic, he’s fun, he’s always excited. There’s nothing to be taken too seriously here, folks, and luckily the process of making your own isn’t too serious either. It’s simply a matter of whipping up a basic cornmeal batter, using it to coat your wiener of choice, and then deep-frying it. The oil’s gotta be deep -- really deep. And listen, I’ve never been the hugest fan of getting a deep fry setup going because things tend to get kind of sloppy, so when I do, you know it’s worth it.
This is a recipe for a basic and delicious county fair corn dog. If you’re looking to class things up a bit, I’d recommend adding some fun spices to the batter (perhaps paprika or cayenne?), using a fancy sausage, or having a team of bougie condiments on hand to dress your dogs.
Here are a few tips:
2 to 4 quarts vegetable or canola oil, for frying
3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
Black pepper, to taste
1 large egg
1 cup buttermilk
Hot sauce, optional
8 pre-cooked hot dogs or sausages
Fill a deep pot with oil enough oil to fully submerge your corn dogs and heat it to 360° F.
While the oil is heating, combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk in the egg, buttermilk, and hot sauce, if using.
Stick chopsticks or wooden skewers into your wieners. Once the oil is heated, pour the batter into a tall glass or jar and dip the wieners into the batter, covering them fully.
Fry them until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes, then transfer to a paper towel to drain.
Let cool slightly and enjoy!
Photos by Molly Yeh