Corn Dog Pops for the Big Game

Here in the Bay Area, we are crazy about the success of our 49ers and Colin Kaepernick. With a big game coming up this Sunday against the Seahawks (boo!) we're definitely getting together with friends to cheer our team on! Then when we beat them, we'll do it all over again for the Superbowl! Gratuitous hashtags: #49ers #faithful #questforsix

Bloody Mary's, Mimosas, Beer, etc - provided by our generous friends

So for the game and all the celebrations, I tried to think of a recipe that would be better than the usual pizza, wings, chips, etc. We just had that all Summer and frankly, I'm quite bored with those appetizers. So I brainstormed and came up with a new finger food idea (is it already out there?): Corn Dog Pops! I detail the recipe in this video but you can find the recipe also typed out below. What are you planning to make for the big games coming up? xo

*(special thanks to the Jacob, Armstrong, and Farley families for letting us film you) 

-a pack of nitrate-free hot dogs
-¾ cup yellow cornmeal
-1 cup all-purpose flour
-¼ teaspoon salt
-3 tbsp white sugar
-4 teaspoons baking powder
-1 egg
-1 cup buttermilk
-1 tbsp of vegetable oil 
-1 quart vegetable oil for frying
-extra all purpose flour for dusting

If you don't have buttermilk you can make your own. How you do that is take 1 cup of milk and add a tbsp of white vinegar or lemon juice, stir it up and voila!

In a pot, put in your quart of oil and then put it on the stove and turn it on medium heat.
Now, in a large bowl, combine your cornmeal, flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, and whisk it all together. Then add your egg, buttermilk, and oil, and whisk it up again. Your batter should look a little thicker than pancake batter. 

I want my corn dog pops to be bite-sized, so i'm going to cut the hot dogs into quarters. But you could leave them whole or cut them in half, whatever you want! Now take your hot dogs and dust them lightly with some of the extra all purpose flour. This will help the batter stick to the hot dog pieces better. Then insert a lollipop stick or a skewer into each of the hot dog pieces.
Take your hot dog skewer and dip and rotate it into the batter making sure that it's completely coated. Then slowly remove it from batter and let the excess batter drip back into the bowl.

Now it's ready to fry. Frying is the best method for corn dogs because you're using a liquid batter and then it develops this crispy outer shell when you cook it. To check to see if the oil is hot enough, stick a chopstick in the pot and touch the bottom to see if it starts to bubble. If it starts to bubble, then it's ready. 

Now, take your batter covered hot dog and immerse it into the hot oil while holding the stick. Be really careful not to burn yourself! Cook it for about 2-3 minutes, or until all the sides are a deep golden brown. Rotate it to make sure it browns evenly. Now, take it out of the oil and let it drain on plate lined with some paper towels. 

The best way to eat this is with some classic ketchup and mustard. Put it on a platter and serve!