Let me just say my husband is OBSESSED with corn dogs, I’m pretty sure he could eat them every day of his life and be totally happy. The problem is the frozen ones are usually full of not so fun stuff like nitrates, partially hydrogenated oil, refined flour, and tons of preservatives. The Trader Joe’s brand is pretty “clean, but it is $3.99 for a box of four, a dollar a dog is pretty expensive if you ask me. So after two months of Paul asking for corn dogs, I knew it was time to make some healthy homemade ones!
The first time I attempted corn dogs at home for Paul was two years ago when I first started graduate school and Paul was with me in California. When he moved back to Phoenix for work, my roommate and I made them again, wrapped and froze them individually, and ate them for quick meals throughout the quarter. I have to say every time I’ve made this recipe I’ve tweaked it so it got better and better, now I’m finally to the point where I wouldn’t make any changes because everyone loves them.
This recipe isn’t deep fried and it’s made using wholesome nutritious ingredients so it doesn’t taste “exactly” like a store bought deep fried corn dog. What are the ultimate taste tester hubby thoughts? He loved it! Specifically, his comments were: it’s crunchy, he can dip it mustard/ketchup, it’s filling and he can feel good about eating it. Even though this recipe requires some time investment it is great for getting your kids involved in cooking or spending some time with family. I had tons of fun making this recipe with my sister and mother in law last Sunday. We served it up for dinner that night and they got rave reviews from everyone!
Healthy Homemade Baked Corn Dogs
- 2 cups reduced fat buttermilk
- 2 packs active dry yeast
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil or canola oil
- 2 cups fine yellow cornmeal
- ½ cup honey
- 2.5 cups 100% white whole wheat flour + more for dusting and kneading
- ½ cup ground flaxseed
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp paprika
- ½ tsp cayenne
- ½ tsp chili powder
- 2-3 packs of nitrate free chicken, turkey, or all beef hot dogs (or veggie/soy dogs)
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- Preheat oven to 100 degrees; once it is preheated turn it off.
- To a bowl or mixer add cornmeal, olive oil, brown sugar, and honey. Mix ingredients till just combined.
- In another bowl mix the rest of the dry ingredients (flour, flaxseed, salt, baking soda, paprika, cayenne, and chili powder.)
- Warm milk to 110 degrees in a small saucepan (I just used a meat thermometer), add yeast and stir gently. Allow it to sit for two minutes to soften.
- Add milk/yeast to mixing bowl with cornmeal and mix again until just combined.
- With the mixer on, slowly add in dry ingredient flour mix to cornmeal mixture. The dough should be sticky but firm, you should be able to easily scrap it from the sides of the mixing bowl. If the dough is too sticky (if you won’t be able to knead it) then add 1T of whole wheat flour at a time until dough reaches sticky firm consistency up to 6 Tablespoons.
- Turn out dough onto a floured surface and knead it for a couple of minutes. Shape it into a ball and place it in a metal or glass bowl that has been sprayed with cooking spray or lightly oiled. Cover with a towel and place in the oven and let the dough sit for one hour. (Note the bread will not really rise like some yeast dough, that’s okay.)
- Meanwhile prep hot dogs by sticking them with skewers/sticks 1-2 inches deep. (Skip this step if you are planning to freeze them.)
- Remove dough from oven and preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Turn out ½ the dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll it out very thin. I try and aim for the ¼ inch thick or less, but the thicker the dough is the more there will be surrounding the hot dog. The thinner your roll the dough, the more hot dogs you will be able to make. I’m usually able to get almost three packs out of the dough.
- Cut dough into ½ inch to 1-inch strips that are 10-12 inches long (depending on your hot dogs.)Roll the strips around the dogs, overlapping the dough no more than ¼ inch. Pinch together the ends at the top, leave bottom open for expansion. Repeat with the second half of dough.
- Place on a greased/sprayed baking sheet (or covered with parchment paper for easier clean up) and brush with beaten egg. (If you don’t have a brush just wing it with a fork, it will be a little messier but the result will still be good.)
- Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and desired crispiness is achieved. Serve immediately, store leftovers in the fridge up to 7 days.
Let them cool completely and then wrap corn dogs individually in saran wrap. Store in large labeled freezer bag for up to three months. To reheat: in microwave defrost for 30 seconds – 1 minute in the wrapper, remove from wrapper and microwave for 1-2 minutes.
Not only do these add easy and healthy meal option to your freezer, these would make an awesome super bowl food! To make it easier you can prepare dough up to 24 hours ahead of time (after it sits for an hour in the oven, cut the dough in half, wrap each half in a moist paper towel and store them in gallon size zip lock bags until ready to use.)
Makes 24 servings, each dog is one serving.
(Almost half the fat and sodium, plus twice the fiber and protein of a traditional frozen corn dog!)