Maize Dishes – Corn Dogs

February 1, 2015 at 6:40 AM | Posted in Maize Dishes | 2 Comments
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A corn dog is a hot dog sausage coated in a thick layer of cornmeal batter.

Corn dog on stick

Corn dog on stick

Corn dogs are often served as street food or as fast food. Some vendors or restaurateurs dip and fry their dogs just before serving. Corn dogs can also be found at almost any supermarket in North America as frozen food that can be heated and served. Some corn dog purveyors sell these premade frozen corn dogs which have been thawed and then fried again or browned in an oven. Premade frozen corn dogs can also be heated in a microwave oven, but the cornbread coating will lack texture. Corn dogs may be eaten plain or with a variety of condiments, with mustard being the most popular.

 

A variation is prepared with either melted cheese between the hot dog and the breading or the hot dog is replaced with a cheese-filled hot dog.

Another version is the “cornbrat” (or “corn brat”), which is a corn dog made with bratwurst instead of a wiener or hot dog. They are also sold in varieties of different hot dogs such as pork and turkey.

 

Small corn dogs, known as “corn puppies,” “mini corn dogs,” or “corn dog nuggets,” are a variation served in some

restaurants, generally on the children’s menu or at fast food establishments. A serving includes multiple pieces, usually 10. In contrast to their larger counterparts, corn puppies are normally served stickless as finger food.

A breakfast version features a breakfast sausage in place of the hot dog, and pancake batter in place of the cornmeal. This variation is commonly called a “pancake on a stick”. It was formerly served by drive-in restaurant Sonic®, but now is made by companies like Jimmy Dean®.

 

Corn dog with mustard

Corn dog with mustard

Both vegetarian corn dogs and corn dog nuggets are made as meatless alternatives by many of the same companies that produce vegetarian hot dogs.

 

National Corndog Day is a celebration of the corn dog, tater tots, and American beer that occurs on the first Saturday of March of every year.

 

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  1. We call them Dagwood dogs or Pluto pups here in Australia. I always have one when I go to a Show (state fair in the USA). Here’s me from last year at The Ekka (Brisbane) with 12 inches of goodness https://www.dropbox.com/s/p5s63al5102kxfq/2014-08-09_20.09.13_004_GARY_LUM.jpg?dl=0

    • Now that’s one big Pluto Pup!


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