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Monday, October 31, 2011

Corn dogs!

Classic corn dogs in BW !

We had a sci-fi-villain-super hero-themed Halloween weekend party with some friends and had alien grub for our spread!  And corn dogs was part of the alien feast!  This is a take off from PW's post on the classic corn dog!  And I must say all the aliens and super-hero guests just could not stop munching on these classics!  Definitely not Australian, but was welcomed by all aliens, villains and superheroes from different planets and agencies (talking about DC Comics, Pixar and Disney here).    These were made using a waffle-mix recipe (from scratch as we don't have the American pancake mixes around these parts, and the Oz brands sad to say, are just not the same) with that added secret ingredient - polenta (or corn meal in most other planets).  What originally was a waffle mix turned into a classic nutty corn dog!  

The basic waffle mix with corn meal:

2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
3 eggs, separated
1 and 3/4 cups milk
125ml or 1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 - 2 cups polenta (corn meal)

Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar 3 times into a large mixing bowl. 

In another bowl, using a wire whisk beat egg yolks until frothy, stir in milk and oil and mix until thorougly combined.  Pour into the flour mixture and whisk (or beat with a hand held mixer) until smooth.

Using a hand-held mixer, whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form.  Fold into the batter.

Add the polenta (corn meal) and mix until you get a thick and grainy texture/consistency.

Classic corn dogs in full colour!

To make the classic corn dogs:

1 pack Hans American Hotdogs , cut into half
bamboo barbeque skewers
1-2 cups flour
vegetable oil

Prepare and heat a deep medium-large saucepan on the stove (or use an electronic deep fryer) and add the vegetable oil.  (The oil is hot and ready when smoking and bubbling. Or you can check by placing a small piece of bread and it browns instantly.)

Skewer the hotdogs using the bamboo sticks (or as per Pioneer Woman, use chopsticks!).

Coat the hotdogs with the flour and set on a plate.

Dip the flour-coated hotdogs in the corn-dog-batter one by one.  Then slowly dip the battered hotdog -  stick and all,  into the very hot oil and cook until golden in colour.
Serve with some catsup (tomato sauce in Oz parlance) and mustard! 

Then stand back and watch your family and friends enjoy a classic American treat! 

alien grub

The BW photo is making its way to The Well Seasoned Cook's B&W Wednesday!  As always, big thanks to Susan for organising this weekly culinary photo event!  XX



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