Corn Dog Tots

in Appetizers, Dinner

Spring, yo! Totally in full effect. I seriously ignored it, completely let it pass me by, until yesterday when I saw a lady walking down Santa Monica Blvd sporting a very cute set of bunny ears on the top of her head. And then, it hit me: Spring has totally sprung–it’s here! What now?!

So, I came to the (short) conclusion than what better way to embrace it than by making something that’s more resemblant of Summer. Forget Spring! (This is me attempting to be ahead of the curve, I think.) Actually, no. That’s incorrect. I think it more has to do with the fact that yesterday it was a near 80 degrees outside and I was sweating.

When I experience both of those things simultaneously, my brain immediately travels to yards where hot dogs are being grilled and people are littered everywhere drinking beer and sprinklers are going off and some random dude thinking it’s a good idea to run through them.

I did exactly none of those things yesterday. Womp womp. My way of dealing with the overcompensating weather was to make something that I would love to eat on those type of days: Corn Dogs Tots!!

Corn Dogs. Whoa. They’re very dear to me. I have fond fond memories of them in the cafeteria. I was the annoying kid that would peel off all of the breading, dip it ketchup and throw away the hot dogs. Even at the ripe age of 8, I knew school cafeteria hot dogs were not to be trusted. Smart girl.

Okay…

Real talk: Regardless of your gender, eating a gigantic corn dog in public…can be…I dunno…how do I say this…weird?…awkward? Weird and awkward. We don’t look cute, let me just say that.

To deal, I figured why not change their form a little. We all know that everything is cuter, and therefore BETTER, when it’s in a smaller form, so here you have it: tots!

My love for all type of tots is well documented on this here bloggy blog. We have some churro tots, pretzel tots, and of course my all-time favorite, tater tots.

Let’s talk process and taste.

Okay, minus the frying, these corn dog tots are pretty easy. The batter is pretty similar to a pancake batter. And actually, if you have any leftover batter, you can pour some of it on a griddle and you’ll end up with some pretty delicious tasting hot cakes. Multiple looks!

I understand that as human beings, we don’t really like deep-frying.

This is the part where I convince you to do this, and tell you that these Corn Dogs Tots are actually worth dealing with hot oil. Because they are.

Also, let me add that in the last few weeks I’ve opted for frying in my cast-iron skillet (versus a big pot) and it’s SO much easier and less intimidating.

Something about a big pot of oil that just bums me out, you know?! About three inches of oil in a cast iron is all you need for these things.

These corn dogs tots are all about texture. Think of them like crispy cornbread bites with hot dogs in the center.

Whoa!!

Corn Dog Tots

Print this recipe!

Vegetable Oil
2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons, cornmeal
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne
1 large egg
1 cup, plus 2 tablespoons, buttermilk, shaken
1/4 cup corn starch
6 beef hot dogs, cut into 1-inch medallions

1. Prep: Grab a pair of tongs and line a baking sheet with paper towels. (For draining the corn dogs after frying.) Pour your oil in a cast iron skillet, dutch oven until it reaches about 3-inches up the sides of the pot or skillet. Heat oil until your thermometer reads 340 degrees F. Note: I usually wing fried recipes and dont use my thermometer, but this is actually important. If the oil is too hot the corn dog batter will be gooey on the inside.

2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, yellow corn meal, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cayenne. In a measuring cup, measure out the buttermilk and crack the egg in; beat until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, all at once, and mix until combined. (Note: If you step away from the batter for a few minutes, it might thicken up on you; if so, simply add a teaspoon of buttermilk at a time until it becomes the right consistency.)

3. Pour the cornstarch into a small bowl. One by one, lightly coat each hot dog medallion with the corn starch. When the oil is hot, using a fork or skewer, dip the hot dogs in and out of the batter, allowing any excess batter to run off. Immediately place the corn dog tots into the hot oil. Cook for 1-2 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Transfer to the paper towel lined baking sheet to drain. Place the baking sheet in a warm oven until you’ve cooked all of the tots.

Recipe yields approximately 28 corn dog tots

{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

Blog is the New Black April 9, 2012 at 2:06 am

Whaaaaat?! I know a certain someone who would DIE for this!

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Gen April 9, 2012 at 5:53 am

Yum!!! I love cute food!!! :D I’ll have to try frying stuff in the cast iron skillet….

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Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau April 9, 2012 at 5:59 am

Tiny, poppable, fried corn dogs – YES! I need these in a bad, bad way.

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Lydia April 9, 2012 at 6:15 am

in the picture with the ingredients in the bowl there is a red spice of some sort, but in your recipe there doesn’t seem to be anything listed that would be that red spice…curious what it would be. these look good.

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Adrianna April 9, 2012 at 9:53 am

It’s cayenne. Just added it to the ingredient list. Thanks for catching!

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Allyn April 9, 2012 at 6:40 am

Yes yes YES!
But with mustard only.

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tina @ mylifeasamrs April 9, 2012 at 8:05 am

oh. my. goodness. I am in love.

Girl, I wait for the fair EVERY year… just to get my hands on a corn dog – you better believe I’ll be making these!! :)

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yummy supper April 9, 2012 at 8:29 am

Corn Dog Tots?!? Hell ya. I’m ready for summer now too:)
xo
E
PS A tranny in Isabel Marant… It’s weird but, I’m kinda jealous;)

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Aimee April 9, 2012 at 8:31 am

These look so amazing, and I actually put corn dogs on the recipe menu for the month. I think I might have to make these tots instead, because we all know bite sized things are better :)

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Amy April 9, 2012 at 9:30 am

These look delish! I like to dip mine in a mustard/mayo combo. Corn dogs are my all time guilty pleasure.

xoxo,
mon amy

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Alison April 9, 2012 at 9:33 am

Awesome! I should make these and just dive right into summer!

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Martha @ Weekend Doings April 9, 2012 at 9:35 am

Fried food might be bad for you, but it tastes so good! And this little corn dogs look delicious.

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Nicole {Sweet Peony} April 9, 2012 at 10:00 am

Say whaaaaaat?! OMG I’m dying.
1. I am obsessed with corn dogs. On a totally embarrassing level.
2. I am obsessed with cute, tiny things. Like constant squealing, and equally embarrassing.
1 + 2 = OBSESSED WITH CUTE, TINY CORN DOGS. OMG, I seriously cannot handle this.
I <3 you.

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Elle @ CHellbellz April 9, 2012 at 10:10 am

I haven’t had a hotdog is so long after watching How it’s Made, but then someone told me that i might be okay with the Kosher kind. I had just started obsessing over Corndogs right around that time, I just love them! I want to make them now lol.

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Food Coma April 9, 2012 at 10:57 am

These look ah-mazing! xo. Emma

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Dee April 9, 2012 at 11:16 am

Ohhhhh these would be so cute for heme party I know someone is Avignon
http://www.lovelypinkdiva.com

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Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious April 9, 2012 at 12:40 pm

I’m absolutely loving the weather. I was in Beverly Hills the other day and people were wearing shorts!

Now let’s talk about these tots. I LOVE fried foods but making them at home is obviously not fun. It makes me very nervous that there’s a big pot of hot oil that if spilled, I could die. But thanks for the tip to make them in a cast iron skillet. I will definitely try that!

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Dana B @ thebakingbooth April 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm

I am not a corn dog person. Don’t know why. My kids however love, love, LOVE them :) So, tomorrow night it is. Daddy’s got meetings, the kids will have their corn dogs, and I’ll be happy ’cause the kids will be perfectly content :)

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Heather (Heather's Dish) April 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm

these are PURE GENIUS. i LOVE corndogs!

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Villy @ For the love of Feeding April 9, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I seriously want this. Right now. Please!!

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Lynna H. April 9, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I LOVE CORNDOGS. totally would try these out one day!

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Sharon April 9, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Such a great idea! Thx!

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Nik April 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm

You’re ridiculous with these and I heart you for it.

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Lisa P April 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm

OMG! These look so good. I think I’m seriously in love. I think we need a salad soon! :)

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DessertForTwo April 9, 2012 at 5:15 pm

WHAT?! Did you really just make corn dog tots? I really just died and went to heaven. Love this, love you, love life, love tots! :)

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Adrianna April 9, 2012 at 5:16 pm

HAHA! Best slogan EVER.

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Tina April 9, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Holy cow! These things might be the most adorable things ever. Also, good job on making something traditionally not cute, well cute.

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Mike @TheIronYou April 10, 2012 at 12:52 am

I don’t eat pork nor fried food BUT just by looking at your pictures I do regret it…those dots look amazing!

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Eric April 10, 2012 at 6:52 am

Pure GENIUS! I’ve wanted to make corndogs FOR EVER, but never wanted to fill a deep pan with that much oil or have to use some kind of fry-daddy thing. lol PERFECT! GENIUS! I will be making these with my standard White Lily Southern Cornbread recipe ASAP!

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cindy April 10, 2012 at 7:41 am

your love of all things tots inspires me….and corn dog tots! there’s no finicky stick to deal with, plus you’ve eliminated the awkwardness and need to avoid eye contact whilst eating. perfection!

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Brittany April 10, 2012 at 10:48 pm

After causing my last fry thermometer to explode due to mayyybe leaving the burner on super high and walking into another room to socialize… I think I might be ready to jump back on the frying train for these! With a non-explodable thermometer, that is. Whoo whoooo!

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Jennie @themessybakerblog April 11, 2012 at 12:58 pm

What a brilliant idea! They sound so good. I’d like to pop a few, or 20, in my mouth right now.

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Jayne April 11, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Oh my! I want to make this so bad right now. Finally, small corn dogs… not as intimidating as the big ones. :-)

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Rina@Itheecook April 13, 2012 at 12:27 pm

What a great idea!

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Tanya April 15, 2012 at 1:39 pm

I made these last night and they were better than the corndogs from the fair…I did not think it was possible to improve upon perfection, but you did!

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Ana April 18, 2012 at 9:39 am

I love corn dogs! Those look so good!

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gigi April 20, 2012 at 8:48 am

these look amazing! can’t wait to try this!

xo!

http://www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

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Sierra August 18, 2012 at 7:13 am

Made these for dinner last night – awesome! Definitely a guilty pleasure Friday night meal, but so worth it! Dipped in mustard and served with jalapeno macaroni and cheese… Thanks!

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Kirsten November 12, 2012 at 2:40 pm

In my elementary school, our lunch ladies dubbed these “Corn Puppies”. Corn Puppy day was my favorite day! I’m making these this week!

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Sophie February 3, 2013 at 4:46 pm

These were SOOOOOOOOOOOOO good! I give in and sometimes get the Nathan’s mini corn dogs at the movie theatre and I really like those, but these were even better! I absolutely agree with you though that you need the thermometer to get the right temp. I started mine when the oil was 340 and it just get getting hotter. Those ones turned a little darker than I liked, but once I got the temp to stay at 340 they were perfect!

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