Very rarely I mention Mr. B around here. But you’ve seen him, right? If not, there is a picture of him here (que bello, ah?!). Today, I want to tell you more about him because he is not only my love, support system, best friend, and Little L’s dad, he is also a genius. He is a crazy intelligent nerdy engineer and a very social amateur violinist – the best of both worlds. In college he interned in Germany designing sun roof motors for an automotive giant (yup he speaks German, and Spanish too). Today he tests signaling equipment that keep our rail industry safe, plays the violin in our local symphony orchestra , and at home he is my human calculator and best partner ever. He is great, and I have to admit it, he always has a way of knowing what to do and how to fix things… argg! But I should not complaint, because, did I mentioned he is an amazing dad, cooks and shares the house chores with me? Yup he is a real man and I want to thank him sooo much for putting up with me and complementing me so well. Oh, and I love that we can finish each others sandwiches (literally).
The reason I bring him up today is because he helped me come up with this brilliant recipe idea. I wanted to work on a recipe for corn dog pops that would be cute and perfect for March Madness. He asked me, and how are these pops any different than others out there? So I stood there and did not have an answer. I normally try to make sure my recipes can bring a unique perspective, but for a moment I almost slipped, and Mr. B, as always, saved the day. After considering many cool options we decided to keep it simple, yet amazing. I say simple because they do sell cheese filled hot dogs already, BUT these are amazing because store-bought cheese filled hot dogs will not deliver this much cheesy goodness. Nope, I bet they don’t.
Now, here is where the genius comes in handy. Or maybe, am I the one who is not creative enough? Anyways … the cool thing is that Mr. B. came up with the easiest way of coring the hot dog pieces so I could filled them with tons of cheese. He cut the pointy end of a medicine dispenser to obtain a sharp circular end. I then perforated each hot dog piece with the medicine dispenser and used the rubber top to pop the extra hot dog meat out. Fun and handy! I used the extra hot dog meat for mac and cheese for Little L that day, so there was no waste at all. I filled the core with a thick piece of cheddar cheese and then worked on the corn dog batter. For this and more, I got to say: I love you Mr. B!
I then used wooden skewers to stick the hot dog pieces and cover them in the corn dog batter.
A tip I learned while making them, is to let the excess batter drip, and make circular movements as you do, to obtain perfectly round corn dog pops.
After frying, serve immediately and dip them in your favorite sauces or condiments. Ketchup being a classic.
Enjoy serving this fun and easy to make appetizer!
- 2 eggS
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup Bisquick
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- 8 hot dogs
- 32 small pieces of Cheddar cheese
- 32 wooden skewers
- Enough oil for frying
- In a bowl, whisk the eggs and milk together.
- To make the batter mix Bisquick, cornmeal, chili and garlic powder. Mix well and set aside.
- Cut each hot dog in 1 inch pieces.
- Core the center of the hot dogs and filled with a piece of cheese.
- Stick a wooden skewer on each hot dog piece.
- Dip the hot dog pieces in the corn dog batter, coating completely, and letting the excess drain.
- Place each piece in hot oil to fry and cook until golden brown. About 3-4 minutes. Do not over crowd the frying pan.
- Remove from frying pan and drain excess oil by placing them on paper towels.
- Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauces and condiments.