In true SEC football rivalry fun, I decided to make some corn dogs/ cheese sticks for my LSU fan office mates and then some more for my friends who came over Friday night for dinner! For those who do not know the background of LSU fans smelling like corn dogs, here is the background!
These are not your traditional corn dogs- not only because of their spicy flavor, but also because they are baked instead of fried and half were made with turkey dogs, the other half with Polly-O swirl cheese sticks!
The hot dog maker in this recipe could be substituted with a cupcake pan or a silicone baking mold. However, this is a handy little kitchen gadget- you can make pancake covered sausage, cake covered candy bars, and many more other delicious snacks! See here for it listed on Amazon!
The cornbread recipe was found here and would be great by itself! I halved the cornbread recipe. This made approximately 14 corn dogs/ cheese sticks.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1/8 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoons kosher salt
1 cups milk
2 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus extra to grease the pan
8 ounces aged extra-sharp Cheddar, grated, divided
1/8 cup chopped scallions, white and green parts
2 tablespoons seeded and minced fresh jalapeño peppers
5 Polly O Swirl cheese sticks
5 Turkey Hot Dogs
~6 inch wooden skewers
Combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the milk, eggs, and butter.
With a wooden spoon, stir the wet ingredients into the dry until most of the lumps are dissolved. Don’t overmix!
Mix in 2 cups of the grated Cheddar, the scallions and jalapenos, and allow the mixture to sit at room temperature for 20 minutes.
Plug in your hot dog maker. While it is heating up, cut the hot dogs/ cheese sticks so they will fit the length of the cooker. Insert a skewer into each hot dog/ cheese stick. With the additional ends of the cut hotdogs and cheese sticks- I just made additional sticks (held together by the skewers).
Spray cooking spray in corn dog slots. Place ~1 tbsp of batter in each tray and then place hot dog or cheese stick on top. Them place about another tbsp of batter on top, making sure to mostly cover the cheese stick or hot dog and close the maker! Wait for the indicator light to turn from green to red- took about 5-7 minutes!
Serve with ketchup, mustard or just eat plain!