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Look What I Made: Corn(y) Dogs Recipe

Corn(y) dogs (photos by Travis Awalt)

The corn(y) dog holds a unique spot in the canon of local food traditions. Unlike its contemporaries — brisket tacos, Fritos, frozen margaritas, etc. — said battered and fried hot dog wasn’t born here in Dallas (not that I would admit that outside city limits). It was, however, perfected here*, and that’s just a straight up scientific fact. Go ahead, try arguing with science.

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What’s more, you can’t get a reliably good one (sorry, everyplace that sells corn dogs normally), save for a certain 3 weeks a year.

I had initially intended to do this during the State Fair. Then I realized how insanely dumb of an idea that was — no one’s gonna make corn dogs at home while the fair is going on. Me included.

And make no mistake: Fletcher’s quality, these are not. Not even close. Call it a humble homage and a suitable backup for those 344 days of the year when the best is on extended staycation.

Corn Dogs

(makes eight)

Ingredients:

8 jumbo beef franks
1 cup yellow corn meal
1 cup all purpose flour, plus extra for dredging dogs
1 cup plain yogurt
2 eggs beaten
2 tbsp honey
2 tsp salt
tsp baking powder
water, as needed
oil for frying ( I used 2 qt)
6 inch-ish skewers

Instructions

1. In a heavy pot or dutch oven, preheat oil to about 350 degrees (med-high on my stove)

2. Combine corn meal, flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl, followed by the yogurt, beaten eggs and honey. Stir all together until you have a very thick batter, milkshake-like in consistency and mostly free of big lumps. Add some water, a tbsp at a time (I used 3), until you have a smoother, pancake batter-like consistency that thoroughly coats the back of your spoon.

3. Pour your batter mixture into a tall skinny beer glass, about 6″ high (you’ll add more batter into the glass as you use it up). This way you can dunk your dogs in the batter upright. Trust me, rolling them around horizontally won’t coat them evenly. It’ll just lead to ugly corn dogs and a lot of cursing.

4. Insert skewers into the franks, and, working in batches of two, first dredge them in flour, then dunk them into the batter, making sure to thoroughly coat them. Fry about four minutes each, until golden.* *

5. Enjoy and remember that the end of September isn’t too far off. Oh, and definitely hit the gym tomorrow.

*Including giving it the much more pleasing moniker of “corny” dog.

**You can do this a day ahead if you’re having a party or tailgating. Simply warm and crisp them up by dropping them in 350 degree oil for about a minute.

It takes a lot of discipline to shoot the photos and then eat.

5 comments on “Look What I Made: Corn(y) Dogs Recipe

  1. When I was 16 I spent a summer making corn dogs at an amusement park. When we got board, we would re-dip a corn dog and repeat the process until we had a football size delight. Our boss didn’t think much of the idea so I spent the remainder of the summer at the dreaded snow cone stand. I wore the shameful stain of scarlet/purple hands for weeks.

  2. For a brief time in the late ’80s, Fletcher’s had a handful of drive-thru-or-walk-up stands in Dallas. The glory was available to residents each day of the year — for about one year. They made a damn good burger, too — thin-pattied and the right kind of greasy (think Martin’s in Austin, or maybe Goff’s or Jake’s here) . I remember one was at Forest and Marsh and another was on Greenville just south of Park, in that little shack that now houses Rincon de Villa (or maybe the Cash4Gold shack next to it).

    I’m not sure how that idea managed to fail, but it’s time to try, try again, I say.

  3. Make a corny dog a day ahead and “Simply warm and crisp them up”? Are you out of your mind? One of the reasons that the Fletcher’s at the Fair is so much better than anyone else’s is that you are usually eating it within a few minutes of its creation. After 30 minutes or more, something happens inside that cornmeal husk that renders it barely fit for human consumption. That is also just a straight up scientific fact. Go ahead, try arguing with science.

  4. Bob, people are weird. They do zany stuff like eat leftovers and make stuff for parties in advance. I can’t imagine why. I’m with you, man. Reheating food is for dumb-dumbs. Thanks for reading.