Gluten Free Mini Corn Dogs – Perfect for the Lunch Box

February 22, 2012

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When I think of a corn dog, I think of the 70′s. Catching the beach bus, with a group of friends was a huge summer activity. The first stop was the pier. The pier was never our final destination, but it was a great place to start. A hot dog on a stick, a lemonade, and a soft serve cone was the prelude to a day filled with sunning, tanning (couldn’t leave without the Hawaiian Tropics), and of course, boy watching.

As I look back, I am somewhat in awe (or disgusted) as to what I consumed as a young girl and early teenager. It was simply different back then. We were not bombarded with weekly news updates of what should be avoided, what should be consumed, and what is causing deaths. We just skipped along, on our merry way, and ate what ever the heck we felt like eating.

Today, we are more conscious, or are we more aware? My kids have never eaten McDonald’s and the only corn dogs they have tasted are the ones from Whole Foods, still not the best choice. They eat whole foods; rich in flavor, without preservatives, using primarily local ingredients. As our family embarks on a new way of eating(gluten free), redesigning the daily lunch box meal has taken on a life of itself.

My kids prefer a hot meal at lunch time. A sandwich has never been their meal of choice so foods like left over taco meat, brisket,or pasta carbonara, stored in a heat proof thermos (we like these), are some of their favorites. Yet, I don’t always have left overs and needed to come up with a few foods that I could make in advance and store in the freezer.

Oven baked chicken tenders, pesto, and one of our new favorites; gluten free mini corn dogs are the perfect solution. Using Shauna’s recipe as inspiration, turning a treat limited to an Amusement Park binge has become a weekly favorite. By cutting the hot dogs (organic, grass fed, casein free, gluten free) into quarters, I can get 30 to 40 pieces in one batch. Flash freezing them on parchment lined baking sheets (after they are cooked), and then stored in freezer safe containers, helps make packing the lunch box an organized event.

As they leave the house in the morning, with their lunch boxes packed to the brim, I feel as though I have done my job. Most of the time all of the food is consumed. Why is it then, that upon pick up, the first thing out of their mouths is, “I’m starving, what’s for snack”? Do you think it’s appropriate to add short order cook to my resume?

Gluten Free Mini Corn Dogs
original recipe here
yield 30-40 mini corn dogs

ingredients:
40 – 8″ wooden skewers
105 grams whole grain flour mixture*
120 grams gluten free cornmeal
2 Tbsp. sucanat or organic, whole sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. Celtic sea salt
1/8 tsp. fresh, ground pepper
3/4 (184 grams)  cup whole milk
1 organic, large egg
8 hot dogs (We like Applegate Farms)
Peanut oil for frying

instructions:
• cut each hot dog in the fourths.
• skewer each mini hot dog and place on a parchment lined rimmed baking sheet. when all the hot dogs are skewered, place in freezer while the oil heats up and you make the batter.
• in a small dutch oven, heat oil to 360*(I use this thermometer).
• while oil is heating, line a rimmed baking sheet with a heavy layer of paper towels. place close to the dutch oven
• in a small mixing bowl, whisk all the dry ingredients.
• add the milk and the egg and whisk until combined.
• dip hot dog in batter, covering completely.
• drop the entire hot dog and part of the skewer into the hot oil.  add another hot dog (I did 4 at a time), but avoid crowding the pan(it will lower the oil temperature which will cause the outside to cook faster than the inside).
• fry until the corn dogs start to brown and the batter firms up (about 3-5 minutes).
• using a pair of heavy duty tongs, remove the corn dog and place on the prepared paper towels.
• eat a few as a snack and place the rest on a parchment lined baking sheet. flash freeze all the leftovers. once frozen, place in a freezer safe container with a tight fitting lid. When ready to use, place on a foil lined baking sheet. Bake at 350* for 10-12 minutes or until warmed through.

* this gluten free whole grain flour mixture is also really good for coating chicken, making bechamel sauce, thickening sauces for stews and gravy’s, and so much more.

More related links around the web:
Pizza Bites in Wonton Cups - Once Upon a Plate
Honey Dijon Chicken Tenders – The Comfort of Cooking
Baked Zucchini Sticks – The Urban Baker
Mini Pizza Pretzel Bites – Sweet Peas Kitchen
Mini Corn Dog Muffins – Iowa Girl Cooks

 

 

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amanda February 22, 2012 at 1:39 pm

I adore you. Your recipes and your voice and your heart. Just adore you! :)

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2 Susan February 22, 2012 at 1:59 pm

That means so much to me, coming from you, Amanda. I feel the same about you. I know, if we lived remotely close to one another, we would share a very strong friendship!!!xx

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3 Kim February 22, 2012 at 5:08 pm

These corn dogs looks really good. I’m not a hot dog fan and these convinced me!

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4 marla {family fresh cooking} February 22, 2012 at 7:37 pm

These are great for snacks and the lunch box! Anytime really :)

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5 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] February 22, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I cringe when I reflect back on what I ate in high school and college…alot of Lean Cuisine, Hamburger Helper, Campbells condensed soups…ick! Now I won’t touch those things.

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6 Kristina Vanni February 22, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Corn dogs are such an old time favorite and this version makes it easy for those looking to stay away from gluten. These bring me back to childhood! How fun!

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7 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen February 23, 2012 at 1:33 am

How fun! I remember hot dog on a stick and those crazy hats they wore.

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8 aida mollenkamp February 24, 2012 at 4:09 pm

I don’t even like corn dogs but these sound like a must try! Great retro-looking photos too!

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9 Esi February 26, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Such a fun way to enjoy corn dogs. Perfect for a picnic too!

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10 Kris Mullen February 28, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Absolutely wonderful blog you have here! The photos are so dreamy. Good for you for making healthy choices for your family. More people need to follow in your footsteps. Thanks for visiting Muchin with Munchkin. Keep up the amazing posts!

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11 Susan February 28, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Hi Kris – loving your blog as well. So looking forward to getting to know you via your blog, your food, your stories!

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