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Organic, Real Food on a Budget – Homemade Corn Dogs

by Deliciously Organic on June 24, 2011

I met Matt for the first time in Mexico. After a red-eye and only two hours of sleep, there I sat with 8 other bloggers for dinner at a beautiful restaurant. I was a bit intimidated. I mean, come on. It’s Matt Armendariz. He’s a crazy talented photographer, writes one amazing blog, and if you’ve seen his recipes, it’s obvious this guy can cook. Who wouldn’t be a bit intimidated. But as soon as Matt began speaking I was put at ease. He’s funny, charming, encouraging, and totally approachable. He even raised a glass to toast to my cookbook. Now really. How considerate is that? So when I heard he had his own cookbook coming out I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.

On a Stick! That’s the name. Doesn’t it make you smile? It’s the kind of book that makes your imagination go wild with all the possibilities. Chocolate covered waffles on a stick. Fried ravioli on a stick. Beef teriyaki on a stick. You get my drift.

How do corn dogs qualify as “Organic on a Budget?”. Well, we all like to cut loose at times but “junk” food can cost a pretty penny and usually isn’t very healthy. For the cost of 2 corn dogs at a theme park, you can make 10 of them at home. And few things are better than a good corn dog sloshed with yellow tangy mustard.

I’m not sure of the perfect corn dog dipping technique because some of my dogs didn’t turn out looking “photo ready.” The kids enjoyed picking out one that possessed a funky personality, though. I also discovered the dough makes a fabulous funnel cake when fried alone, too. So make two batches of batter, add a couple tablespoons of sweetener to one and after you fry up your corn dogs, make a few funnel cakes. Oh the possibilities! I wonder if I could get a funnel cake on a stick?  Matt could.


Homemade Gluten Free Corn Dogs

Serving Size: Makes 10 corn dogs

Homemade Gluten Free Corn Dogs

If you'd like to make this recipe with whole wheat flour then omit the gluten free flour mix and gelatin and replace it with 3/4 cups whole wheat flour.

Adapted from On a Stick!.


    For the Corn Dogs:

  • 1 qt. peanut oil or lard

  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons gluten free flour mix (I used Bob’s Red Mill)

  • 3/4 cup cornmeal

  • 3/4 teaspoon unflavored gelatin

  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoons sea salt

  • 1 tablespoon light honey

  • 3/4 cup whole milk

  • 1 large egg

  • 10 hot dogs (nitrate free preferred)

  • 10 wooden skewers

  • Ketchup and mustard for dipping


Pour oil in a large heavy pot and heat over medium-high heat. Whisk flour mix, cornmeal, gelatin, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Add honey, milk and egg and whisk until combined.

Thread hot dogs onto skewers. When oil reaches 360ºF dip each hot dog into batter, rolling until fully coated and quickly drop entire stick into oil. Fry, two at a time, until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Repeat for remaining corn dogs. Serve warm.

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Katrina June 24, 2011 at 10:14 pm

This is a fabulous idea! Making the traditional pile of chemicals organic!


Jessica's Dinner Party June 25, 2011 at 2:20 am

Corn dogs are my all time favorite junk/fast food! Nice to know there’s a way to make it a bit healthier! Can’t wait to browse through On a Stick!


the urban baker June 25, 2011 at 6:52 am

so pretty, Carrie! I am going to try your version and see how they come out!


Gillian June 25, 2011 at 9:56 am

Amazing! Your variations on junk food are much appreciated. And thanks for the whole wheat flour instructions. The funnel cake is a great idea, too!


Maria June 26, 2011 at 9:24 am

So much better than fair food:)


Lucy Lean June 26, 2011 at 9:25 am

I’ve never had a corn dog – never been even remotely tempted – until today – thanks to you and Matt I’m going to make these for July 4th – a flag in one hand and a corn dog in the other – who says I’m not American!!!


marla {family fresh cooking} June 26, 2011 at 9:32 am

Carrie, these are so fun (as is Matt!!) The corn dog with extra personality is hilarious! I am so happy you posted that one :)


Renee H. June 26, 2011 at 9:54 am

OK, I was super excited that you would tackle this particular junk food when I requested it a few months ago… corn dogs are my favorite, but I rarely eat them for obvious nutrition reasons! But now I love them (and YOU for posting this) even more since I’m pregnant and realllly craving nutty things! You’re the best, Carrie!


Deliciously Organic June 26, 2011 at 10:03 am

Renee – You’re welcome! I’ve kept that list and have been working on others. Stay tuned. . .


Georgia Pellegrini June 26, 2011 at 11:36 am

These look so delicious. I love that they are gluten free, makes me feel less guilty about how I’ll feel eating these treats :)


Sarah June 28, 2011 at 6:53 am

These look so good I had to come tell you! I don’t deep fry and yet I kept clicking mark as unread in my google read just to look at them again.


Robie Dodson June 28, 2011 at 8:48 pm

definitely on my new top 10 things to do this summer – MAKE CORN DOGS! I love it!


Jen Richardson June 28, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Great recipe Carrie! We tried these last night. I made two packages (14 dogs) intending to freeze some, there were O left! I used Pamela’s Baking Mix and omitted the baking powder. Perfect!


Karen June 29, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Carrie, do you have nutritional information for your recipes? The reason I ask is my son is currently on a low glycemic diet for health reasons not weightloss(www.vocaltics.blogspot.com). I’d love to make these for him but I’m concerned about those two values. Is there a site somewhere we could put in the ingredients and figure it out? I’m willing to do the homework, just not sure where to start. So, I thought if you had it… :) Thanks!


Deliciously Organic June 30, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I don’t have nutritional information for my recipes, but if you have a recipe software you could enter them in and it should be able to give you nutritional information. I use MacGourmet and find it very helpful.


Katy March 17, 2012 at 11:32 am

Hi! This looks amazing! I’m just starting my GF adventures and am still trying to find things my 3 year old will eat along with me. This looks like a winner for a treat night.
Question – 1o hot dogs is a lot to make at once for my family of 3. Do you know if these would freeze and then could be re-warmed in the oven later to retain crispiness?



Deliciously Organic March 20, 2012 at 7:53 am

Yes, these freeze great, and can go straight from the freezer to the oven.


Maria February 11, 2013 at 8:43 am

These were so delicious! I double batter/fried them do that they would be thicker. Still were pretty thin, but i fried them in a fryer so there’s more drip off! Thanks for providing this recipe! It was delicious! Also, I loved using the extra batter for funnel cakes. Yum!


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