She didn't give a specific recipe, just mentioned that she doesn't buy corndogs because of the ingredients but that she makes a similar snack out of muffins.
And I, lover of corndogs that I am, gave a fist pump and said "Yessssssss! I can do that too!"
It was really pretty easy.
I don't have a specific recipe for cornbread that is tried and true, I just used the recipe on the back of the box of cornmeal. Easy peasy. If you have a cornbread recipe you like, by all means, use that.
Then I put the batter in a lined muffin tray. I had some nitrite/nitrate free hot dogs that I had purchased from Azure Standard, so I used those. They aren't great as actual hot dogs because they kind of shrivel up into.... sad little wrinkly things.... but they work fab for corn dog muffins.
It took a little experimenting before I figured out that half a hot dog was the perfect amount for each muffin cup, which is why some of them have more character than others.
|Please don't stare at the one on the top left which has a T made out of hot dog pieces.|
Just remember The Nester's motto, 'It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful.' Amen, sister.
Then bake as usual, per cornbread muffin instructions (again, whatever recipe you like). Ideally when they're done, they will look like this:
Not so much like this:
Remember, do as I say, not as I do, people. Push the hot dogs down far enough in the batter that they stay hidden and don't try to escape.
Then watch as your children are awed by your lunch making prowess.
Anything besides peanut butter & jelly is BIG lunchtime news around here.
Try to explain to the two-year-old that he will get one, they just have to cool.
He may not like this explanation.
But he will forgive you when he finally gets to try his own little corndog muffin.
With or without ketchup, my kids really enjoyed them. I think it was more the novelty rather than tastebud utopia that got their attention, but we all liked them and I will make them again. Next time I will make a double batch so I can freeze some.