Fried Kool-Aid, fried butter, and fried mashed-potatoes-on-a-stick may get more press, but let’s be real: Corn dogs are still the tastiest fried food at state fairs and boardwalks. That said, even the best could be better; very few people make corn dogs from scratch anymore, instead just tossing premade frozen dogs into the fryer. Fortunately, making them fresh is pretty easy: Place a hot dog on a stick, dunk it in cornmeal batter, and deep-fry. So be a corn dog hero: Hand-dip your own dogs, put out the ketchup and mustard, and enjoy your sweet, crunchy, savory creations. And why stop at the regular old wiener? Start your day with breakfast-sausage corn dogs, or make mini bratwurst dogs to serve with some cold beers at happy hour.
Jalapeño-Cheese Corn “Dogs”
Mini Beer-and-Sausage Corn Dogs
Breakfast Corn Dogs