Homemade Corn Dogs and Corn Dog Muffins

A few weeks ago, Josette asked if anyone had a healthier, homemade corn dog recipe.  Yippee!  A recipe challenge.  I love me a recipe challenge.

And – all my healthy eating talk aside – I love me a good hot dog.  Oh, how I wish I didn’t.  The icky ones that are made from 14 different kinds of animal leftovers?  I don’t love me that kind of hot dog.  A big juicy beef hot dog?  I could eat three.  (Not that I do of course…)

I’ve found some hot dogs from Azure Standard made by Shelton that are pretty good.  They are made with chicken, don’t have any preservatives, etc.  If you have access to those, give them a try.  We like them just fine.

And – hot dog on a stick with yummy cornbread fried all around it?  Hello.  I am my kids’ favorite mom on days I make these.

Homemade Healthier Corn Dogs

10 hot dogs
1 cup whole wheat flour
2/3 cup cornmeal
2 T. honey
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. dry mustard
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
2 T. oil
Oil for frying (I use Palm Shortening)
10 lollipop sticks

Whisk together all ingredients (okay, except for the hot dogs of course…and the oil for frying…and the lollipop sticks).

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Place one hot dog on each stick.  (I find lollipop sticks in the cake decorating section at Walmart.)

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For frying the corn dogs…you can immerse them in hot oil if you have a Fry Daddy or something similar.  I don’t have one, plus I’d rather not use that much oil.  Here’s what I do:

Heat a small amount of oil in your electric skillet.  Holding onto the stick “roll” the hot dog around in the cornmeal batter to coat.  Place the corn dog down onto the hot oil.  Allow the corn dog to cook quite well on one side before attempting to turn it so that the batter won’t pull off.  Turn as necessary to cook on all sides.

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My corndogs don’t turn out very lovely.  They’re sort of triangular in shape.  Ah, but they taste delicious!

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NOW.

Wait until you hear THIS idea.  When Jennifer heard that I was going to conduct a corn dog experiment…she gave me this idea!!!  Thanks Jennifer!

These Corn Dog Muffins are a perfect way to avoid the mess of frying your corn dogs and finding lollipop sticks, etc.  I LOVE this!

Corn Dog Muffins

This recipe for cornbread, doubled
8 hot dogs
24 muffin papers to line muffin pans.

Mix up the cornbread.  Cut hot dogs into thirds.  Scoop cornbread batter into the paper lined muffin cups.  Place 1/3 hot dog into each muffin.

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Bake at 400 ° until golden brown.  Serve right away.

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Look!  You can’t even tell there’s a hot dog in those muffins!  You could surprise your kids with these!  They’ll think they are only having a cornbread muffin for lunch.  Then tada!  There’s a hot dog inside!

The best thing about these Corn Dog Muffins is that they freeze well!!!  Just thaw and reheat in the oven for a few minutes before serving!

How’s that for an easy lunch idea that you can make ahead of time?!

(Click on our Make Ahead Meals link for more fun ideas of kid friendly, healthy recipes that you can make ahead of time.)

Comments

  1. says

    I have what is probably a stupid question. I don’t make cornbread but wanted to make these. I bought just plain old yellow cornmeal. But my muffins look nothing like yours. They didn’t rise and they look like wet cornmeal. Did I get the wrong kind of cornmeal? All the others said self rising and I didn’t think I needed that.

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    Laura Reply:

    Not a stupid question at all…I use freshly ground corn meal and I’ve heard from others that my recipe doesn’t always work for them when they use corn meal from the store. :( Maybe just try using your favorite corn bread recipe and stick the hotdogs in to see if that works better?

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  2. Staycee says

    My husband just ate three of these and said they were the best things ever! I couldn’t fry them fast enough!

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  3. Theresa says

    just made these as muffins, but they stuck to the wrappers (and so did your chocolate muffins). Do you use special wrappers or spray the wrappers? Otherwise they were YUM! but so much of the cornbread was wasted bc it stuck to the paper…. any tips?

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    Laura Reply:

    I’ve been having trouble lately with mine sticking to the wrapper too…I think next time I’ll just butter the muffin pans really well and avoid using paper liners!

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    Christi Reply:

    I haven’t tried making these yet, but I do have a suggestion. I make oat bran muffins regularly and they will stick to a pan or paper liner. I use silicone baking cups and they pop right out of the cups. I like the easy cleanup and no paper waste, as well. :0)

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    Nikki Reply:

    When I started baking gluten-free/dairy-free, all of my muffins started sticking to the wrappers. I use the aluminum wrappers and don’t have a problem anymore.

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    Gloria Reply:

    I find that letting them cool a bit before removing them from the wrappers helps. When they are completely cool I have no problems with sticking.

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    Martha Reply:

    But then we have to heat the muffins back up?

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    Gloria Reply:

    Most of them are to reheat and eat later anyways. I would just pop them in the toaster oven for a couple minutes. Try just letting them cool slightly, but not all the way as well. Or simply give in and grease the pans I suppose.

    Martha Reply:

    Mine stuck also, and I’ve never had that happen before.

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    Adrienne @ Whole New Mom Reply:

    Sticking to wrappers depends on the ingredients in the muffins. I haven’t sorted it all out, but some recipes will stick and others will not.

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    Diema Reply:

    I wonder if slightly decreasing cook times for the muffins would help the sticking… Seems to me that maybe the bottoms are cooking quicker than the rest. I am making these right now and slightly decreased the temp of my oven.

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    Diema Reply:

    whoops. meant cook temp, not time.

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  4. Stefanie says

    About the liners sticking…I always go without them OR spray the liners with some cooking spray. Very little will stick to the wrapper!

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  5. Angela says

    Thanks so much for the great recipes. I recently made the Corn Dog Muffins, since I have 3 young children, I thought that I would make them into Mini Corn Dog Muffins instead. They were awesome! I just cut the hot dog into 5 pieces instead of 3 and they fit perfectly into my mini muffin pans. My kids just loved them!

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  6. Cassandra says

    hi! Love your blog. Do you have a good source for non GMO corn to grind? I grind my own wheat and havn’t been able to find a good corn source. I havn’t looked to hard either but I thought I would ask you! It seems most corn these days is GMO. Thanks!

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    Laura Reply:

    I order mine through my healthy food co-op Azure Standard. I’ll try to look into other sources to recommend also.

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    D Reply:

    UNFI also sells grains like corn and wheat but we use Azure the most.
    I use popcorn that I grind (it helps clean out my grinder and makes
    a lovely bright yellow cornmeal.)

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    Maria Reply:

    So you can grind popcorn and use it as cornmeal?

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    Dione Reply:

    Yep, my whisper mill actually tells you to grind popcorn to ungum the grinder so to speak. Healthy Cooking from the Hopkin’s family is where I learned to use the popcorn as cornmeal. Works great!

  7. Christy says

    I just made these (corn dog muffins) for the first time for my kiddos and just wanted to let you know THEY LIKED THEM and asked for a 2nd serving. Yippee! Another health(ier) quick (out of the freezer) lunch idea for the kiddos. Yippee! Thanks, Laura!

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  8. says

    Hi! I haven’t posted here before but I saw your healthier corn dogs and thought it was too funny! This week I came up with a recipe for healthier corn dogs! I LOVE the corn dog muffin idea! My kids would get a kick out of them. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Judy Divoky says

    We wanted to make some Southern recipes for my daughter’s “going away” party. She moved to Nashville, Tenn. Among other things, we made the mini cornbread dogs. I used the mini party dogs that are just the right size for a mini muffin cup. I sprayed the muffin pan and they came out perfectly. If I serve them at coffee hour, I’ll try using papers and spraying the papers. This is similar to my recipe. I think it’s the buttermilk! They don’t fall apart as some do.

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  10. susan says

    silly question…your cornbread recipe says it makes 12, so you use half the “normal” amount of batter b/c you’re adding the hot dog right? or do you double the cornbread muffin recipe? Thanks

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    Laura Reply:

    Right, because the hotdog takes up space, I use half the cornbread recipe. Or, if I use a full corn bread recipe, I make twice the corn dog muffins.

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  11. Tracy N. says

    I made these gluten free today. Again, using gluten free cooking school’s flour mix and they were delicious. I fried the leftover batter to make corn cakes and we gobbled them up too:)

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  12. emily says

    yum i’m emily and i love to cook i’m 9 and i love corn dogs but my brothers and my siter and me love these the most :-)

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    emily Reply:

    ikr

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  13. joy says

    Has anyone tried to make these just using jiffy cornbread mix?

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    Laura Reply:

    I’ve never tried, but I don’t know why it wouldn’t work!

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    Deann Reply:

    That’s how I make them, 2 boxes of Jiffy, mix in 2 T. brown sugar and then add your milk and egg mixture. I also slice up mu hots dogs in small pieces…my grandaughter thinks they are awesome; I think they are pretty good too!

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    Doreen Reply:

    I use Jiffy all the time. I don’t add or change anything! They always
    come out great! I do spray the paper cups so they don’t stick!

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  14. Jennifer S. says

    I am placing an order with Azure (my 1st order) yay! If I buy bulk corn can I use it to make popcorn and grind it in my grainmill to make cornmeal? What do you buy to make cornmeal and popcorn?
    Thanks!

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    Laura Reply:

    I THINK you can use popcorn to make cornmeal, but I’ve never done it so I’m not sure which kind to recommend. I use Azure’s organic whole corn for corn meal: http://www.azurestandard.com/shop/product/1070/

    and usually this popcorn: http://www.azurestandard.com/shop/product/1066/

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    Martha Reply:

    I always just grind popcorn for my corn meal.

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  15. Celena says

    I made some mini ones (for my toddler) and some full size ones for my husband and I. For the little ones, I cut the hot dogs into pieces (like you normally would for a toddler so they don’t choke) and sprinkled them on top of the mini muffins. Even my hubby and I liked the mini ones better because there were no bites without hot dog like there were in the big ones. Super yummy though, definitely making them again!

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    Tracy Moore Reply:

    Awesome idea! I’m about to try that. Thanks!

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  16. says

    The kids and I made these tonight for supper and they were a hit! I used Money Saving Mom’s recipe for “World’s Best Honey Cornbread” and used a regular and mini silicone muffin pan, lightly sprayed with Pam. They turned out perfectly delicious! My two oldest boys (11 and 7) asked if I’d send them for their “birthday treat” at school! Thanks for the wonderful recipe! =)

    ~ Mara

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  17. Martha says

    My kids loved these, but the hotdogs floated up to the top as the muffin rose, even though I pushed them down when placing them in the dough. Am I the only one this happened to?

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    Laura Reply:

    This happens to me sometimes too. Silly hotdogs don’t always like staying where they’re supposed to stay!

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    Staci Reply:

    if you think back to science class, the density of the liquid
    is what makes them
    float or sink, so if your batter is a tad thinner the dogs should not
    float. HTH

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  18. Lynda says

    I just found your website a few weeks ago, and have tried a few of your recipes. These were an absolute hit this evening! My 12 yo son love corn dogs, but I’m not willing to make them very often. The cord dog muffins are an amazing solution to that problem! You are obviously very inspired! Thanks again!

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  19. DianeM says

    If you have a Trader Joe’s near you they have hotdogs free of nitrates & dyes…and very yummy…taste just like the real(?) ones :)
    Smiles, DianeM

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    Rebekah Reply:

    Oscar Mayer makes a Nitrate/Nitrite free Hot Dog the is
    less expensive than the more expensive brands.

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  20. Mars says

    What a brilliant idea! I am going to make these for the kids (teens) lunches today, and see what they think! I like the idea of making them ahead of time, freezing them, and then the kids can re-warm them when they are hungry.

    Thanks for the fantastic idea, and keep em coming!

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  21. leslie says

    Love the corn dog muffin recipe…I am going to try it this week & maybe try the freezer cooking in hour deal too. How cool is that!!: )

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  22. Di says

    I have found that foil liners will frequently release muffins (or even brownie cupcakes)a lot easier than any of the paper liners will. A lot easier than cleaning the pan. Im not totally sold on the silicone – it doesn’t seem to bake the same way. I tried using it w/ a cake mix and the texture just came out really weird and not as yummy as it normally does.

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  23. Melinda says

    i made the corndog muffins, which tasted pretty good. are the muffins suppose to end up with a hole and the hotdog keeps sliding out?

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    Laura Reply:

    Sometimes that happens to mine too – we just have to hold the hotdog in with our finger when we take bites!

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  24. Myrna Taylor says

    I’m going to try the “muffin technique,” but I’m going to “nuke” my franks a minute to get some of the oil and water out of them — maybe that will help the muffins to rise better. Also, I will probably use Jiffy cornbread mix; I know it’s a little on the sweet side, but I think it will be OK.

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  25. Meg L. says

    I just wanted to say that I made the muffins with store-bought corn meal. Per batch of mix I added 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp baking soda. This helped them rise nice and fluffy. Just an fyi, it’s also best not to mix the batter dries and liquids until the oven is preheated and your muffin tins and prepped. If you make them sit too long, the reaction between the baking powder/soda and the buttermilk can flatten out. I’ve made this mistake with a few baking sessions, it’s so disappointing!!

    Also, thank you for this recipe!! I’ve been wanting to make healthier homemade corn dogs for forever! It was sooo tasty! Next time I’m also curious to add a bit of shredded cheese and a bit of sauteed onions .

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  26. tampatwinmom says

    I have made these, but a little different: made in a small casserole dish, sliced the hot dogs long ways in half, then made the jiffy corn bread mix, put in 1/2 of the mix in the pan, then placed in the hot dogs, then placed the other 1/2 over it. Really feels like corn dogs, and the 1/2 slices works for my young children. bonus only took 4 hot dogs to feed everyone, really streched the dinner. I am interested to try with homemade cornbread!

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  27. Penny says

    These corn dogs were a big hit for my kids. My 4-yr old normally will not eat “regular” corn dogs but she raved about these. I altered the preparation a bit by soaking the flour in 3/4 c. clabbered milk for 24 hours. When I added the remaining ingredients, the batter was thick so I put in an additional 1/4 c. milk. They turned out wonderful and the leftovers will make a fantastic and easy freezer meal as well.

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  28. Gabi R says

    Can smell these baking right now! Literally, I have then in the oven. My boys are excited to try them for lunch :). Thanks again!

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  29. says

    I made the corn dog muffins and wrote about them here. I really like them in concept, but we had a hard time adjusting to the flavors of the whole wheat cornbread. We love whole wheat, but it was almost too dry in the cornbread. Did anyone else have that problem? I used Bob’s Red Mill coarse ground/polenta cornmeal. Maybe that was the problem?

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, I would imagine that the course corn meal made the difference. If you could find a finer corn meal to mix with your whole wheat, I would imagine they would be less dry. :)

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  30. Megan says

    I just made these last night. I used Jiffy corn muffin mix, and I chopped the hot dogs up into little pieces rather than put one big chunk in. That way pretty much every bite had hot dog in it. I took them to a Wii party and they went over like gangbusters! I will definitely be making them again.

    Also, I used Reynolds foil cupcake liners so I could cook on a cookie sheet instead of in a muffin pan, and it was perfect. The foil comes right off the muffins.

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  31. Sandy says

    These sound wonderful! I read a blog about making homemade corn dogs a couple of years ago, and they poured the batter into a wide mouth quart jar before dipping the dogs. It sounded like a good idea to me. :)

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    Laura Reply:

    That is a great idea – thanks!!

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  32. Jackie says

    I just made these for me & my daughter & they were delicious! I doubled the recipe of the corn bread & have way more than 24. I followed the recipe exactly & they are amazing. I used baking spray (the kind with flour) in a non-stick cupcake pan & they came out super easy. I only baked them for about 10 minutes. Can’t wait to freeze the leftover muffins & heat them up when I make chili :)

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  33. abbie says

    my mom will grease a baking pan lay whole hotdog in pan spacing them a good inch and a half apart then cover the dogs with the batter and bake at about 350 for 20 or so minutes until batter is done and golden brown u can see where the hotdogs are and cut in between they come out nice all together and then u can still dip in mustard or ketchup like the fun finger foods kids enjoy.

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  34. Jenn says

    I am going to try these tonight, but instead of muffins, I think I am just going to slice the hotdogs and put them with the cornbread in an 8×8 pan! Can’t wait!!

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    Kendra Reply:

    How well did this work? I was considering doing the same thing for dinner tomorrow night!

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  35. Joyce says

    I’m losing my mind. I thought I had seen on the site a recipe using sloppy joe mix in place of the hot dogs in the muffins, but I can’t find it now to comment. We tried the sloppy joe cornbread muffins and I thought they were good. Dad and daughter also enjoyed them. My son has apparently associated cornbread with corn dogs and was thus disappointed with the offering. I did not figure this out from his comments until we were clearing the table. Suddenly, I realized he was talking about corn dogs, and the stick was integral to his definition of a hot dog. I walked to the silverware drawer, pulled out a chopstick, and skewered his muffin. His eyes lit up! Funny how putting food on a stick makes it extraordinary.

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    Laura Reply:

    You’re not losing your mind! Here’s the recipe: http://heavenlyhomemakers.com/sloppy-cornbread-muffins

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  36. Annie says

    Found your website via a friend. I tried your corn dog batter tonight and it was a HUGE hit! My family is just beginning the transition to whole wheat flour, so I did 2/3 cup whole wheat and 1/3 cup bread flour (all I had). Also, we are a dairy-free family in terms of milk, so I used almond milk and it came out great!!!! I WAS planning on having salad while the kids munched on these, but once I tried them I decided to splurge!
    I have spent a lot of time on here the past few days and I am encouraged by your meals and planning ahead type of foods. I am just starting to plan all 3 meals a day and have been very blessed by all of the time you have put into this. Thank you so much!!
    Annie

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  37. Mona Greer says

    Your corn dogs sound delicious…..will make them this week-end for my granddaughter who loves corndogs….. I have the silicone muffins pans and they are wonderful…..you do NOT need to grease them….they just pop out and you’re not eating extra fat you don’t really need..I make cornbread muffins all the time and have never greased them….I got my pans at QVC….and I can say they have never stuck……don’t know about all silicone pans tho….

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  38. Nicole B. says

    Oscar Meyer makes some really good all natural with no preservatives hot dogs now a days and they won’t break your grocery budget. I found some beef ones at Aldi for only 2.99. They also make some really good turkey ones! The best tasting turkey dogs I have ever had. My husband likes the beef ones better than any other he has had. That says a lot.
    I use Hodgson Mills cornmeal. It has a really good southern cornbread recipe on the bag. I use that, minus the sugar (No one in their right mind adds sugar to cornbread, it is not a dessert people, it is meant for beans and sopping up juices and lovely butter!) I add rosemary from our garden and fresh garlic to my cornbread.
    If you used a cast iron corn muffin pan they would never stick. You could also just make full size hotdogs in a cast iron cornbread pan and lay the hotdogs in the cornbread, all facing the center and then just cut into wedges and everyone would get a hot dog.

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  39. Kentucky Lady 717 says

    Made corn dog muffins….I sliced up hot dogs and added to corn bread mixture and poured in muffin pans ….I used the SILICONE ones, you do not need to grease them and they just pop out…..they do not stick…..they were enjoyed by all…..will definitely make these again…..I buy self-rising corn meal mix for these…mix per directions on the pkg.

    Great recipe Laura, keep up the good work….

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  40. Christie says

    It might be worth mentioning that the hot dogs need to be completely pushed under and not sitting on top as pictured. Other than that, a tastey and good recipe.

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