Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Homemade Corndogs and Onion Rings

Nothing says healthy eating like a batch of homemade deep-fried corn dogs.  :)  Back in my college days, one of my roommates found this recipe and made it all the time. In fact, I would never eat onion rings, or onions for that matter, until I tried this.  There is something about that sweet cornmeal batter on the onion rings.  I'd never had them like that before, but they are great!  The batter is perfect and obviously meant for the corndogs, but it's great for both.  If you're in the mood for a good corndog, you don't need to go out and buy one.  You can use this, and you'll be loving it! 

As a side note, when I was putting the label on the corndog, I seriously had to stop and think where to put it.  Ha!  I ended up putting it in beef because all beef hot dogs are the only way to go with this recipe. 

I have used the little coctail weenies with this recipe as well.  The kids really love those since they are just their size. 

Homemade Corndogs and Onion Rings
source: a roommate

1 egg
1 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/2 c cornmeal
1 1/4 c flour
1 c milk
1/3 c sugar

hot dogs

Heat vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.

Combine all the batter ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.  That's it for the batter!

Slice the onion to whatever thickness you like your onion rings.  Remember that the batter comes on them pretty thick, so maybe keep them around 3/4 inch slices.

Dip the hot dogs or onion in the batter and drop into the oil.  You may want to test the oil with a little batter first.  Drop a little bit of the batter into the oil.  If it bubbles around the batter, the oil is ready.

Cook the onion rings and hot in oil for about a minute on each side or until they are golden brown on the underside.  Flip them and cook the other side until it is golden brown as well.

Remove from the oil and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.

If you have sticks to put in the corndogs, you can use those.  I used shake straws from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  My kids loved picking the color for their stick.  If you don't have either of those, you can just eat the corndog without a stick.  That'll do just fine.

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