Homemade corn dogs are actually relatively easy to make. You can get your kids to help too. At least until the stage that you start using hot oil and then they should leave the kitchen or at least stay far away from the oil.
I have found that when my kids help me cook then the probability that they will actually eat increases substantially! Of course, when you prepare corn dogs you don’t usually need to persuade them to eat. It’s also a fun activity to do with children. You have to cook anyway so why not turn it into an activity that you can do together.
When kids are learning to read you can ask them to read the recipe and measure the ingredients. It might take a little longer but they will feel so proud and independent!
- 1 1/4 cups yellow cornmeal
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Flour to coat hot dogs
- 6 hot dogs (depends on the size)
- 6 wooden skewers
- In a large bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients together.
- Heat the oil in a large pot.
- While the oil is heating, insert a wooden skewer into each hot dog.
- Roll the hot dog in flour until coated.
- If you want the corn dogs to be really thick then let the batter rest for a few minutes.
- Dip/roll skewered hot dog into batter until completely covered. You might want to pour the batter into a long container such as a Mason jar or / spaghetti container to ensure that it is evenly coated.
- Cook each corn dog in the hot oil for approximately 6 minutes until golden brown. You can cook 2 – 3 together each time.
- Place on paper towels to drain off any excess oil.
Serve with mustard and/or ketchup.
Once upon a time, a lot time ago, before I had kids I used to look at parents who gave their kids corn dogs to eat and think how can you serve your kids that junk? I don’t want to think what goes into eat hot dog! And, as if that isn’t enough, they are then deep fried! Today, I realize that if I want to get my skinny kids to eat anything I will have to serve them food that they enjoy eating and not the food that I would like them to eat. When I do try and prepare healthy food they just decide not to eat and they have no problem with that. They don’t seem to get hungry and prefer not to eat than eat real food! I have reached a stage where I will prepare anything that my fussy kids are prepared to eat J! Oh, and I also realized that you can NEVER judge other parents! You never know when you will find yourself in their shoes. Kids are full of surprises.