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how do i make the perfect corn dogs?

arjunsr Oct 13, 2012 11:48 AM

i'm looking for a somewhat thick cornbread coating that has some good flavor. i've tried alton brown's recipe and it tasted great but very little actually stuck to the hot dog. for those not familiar:

any favorite recipes? tips for basically every step of the process? TIA

  1. todao Oct 13, 2012 05:20 PM

    Give your hot dogs a dusting of corn starch before putting them into the batter and the coating should stick better.

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    1. re: todao
      paulj Oct 13, 2012 09:45 PM

      The linked recipe specifies the corn starch step.

      To the OP - have you seen the AB video?

      "Scatter the cornstarch into a dry pie pan. Roll each hot dog in the cornstarch and tap well to remove any excess.

      Transfer enough batter to almost fill a large drinking glass. Refill the glass as needed. Place each hot dog on chopsticks, and quickly dip in and out of the batter. "

      For the OP - I'd suggest focusing on that 'very little actually stuck' issue, rather than just searching for another recipe in hopes that it will solve that issue (without understanding why).

      1. re: paulj
        arjunsr Oct 15, 2012 12:39 PM

        yeah, i've done the cornstarch and replicated his method. i guess i didn't word it right, but there was good coverage. just it was a thin crispy coating instead of a nicer thicker fluffier type.

        1. re: arjunsr
          dave_c Oct 15, 2012 12:56 PM

          If you liked the flavor in Alton Brown's recipe, I'd stick with that and cut the buttermilk down to 1 cup (add more, up to a 1/4 c, as needed). You can also try boosting the baking powder by 1/2 tsp.

    2. Becca Porter Oct 13, 2012 11:51 AM

      Cooks Country put out a good recipe a month or two ago...

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      1. re: Becca Porter
        arjunsr Oct 15, 2012 12:40 PM

        thanks. off to search!

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