at the county fair: corn dogs

Corn Dogs

Let me tell you what I love about summer.

I love the sunny days that seem to last forever. I love going to the beach and the feeling of sand between my toes and the warmth of the sun against my skin. I love the coconut scent of my sunscreen. I love wearing fun, flirty dresses and flip flops and big straw hats.

I love eating ice cold popsicles that eventually drip all the way down my arm and running through the sprinklers to cool off. I love going to baseball games, eating hot dogs and peanuts, and singing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame.”

I love camping, sleeping in a tent, and telling stories around the campfire while making s’mores. I love eating pies, piled high with fresh strawberries or peaches, and topped with vanilla ice cream. I love barbecuing steaks in the backyard, drinking tropical drinks with little umbrellas, and eating watermelon.

I love going to the movies to watch summer blockbusters in an air-conditioned theater. I love going to amusement parks and watching fireworks. And I love going to the county fair.

What do you love about summer?

at the county fair: corn dogs

I love the fair not only for the crazy food fads like chocolate-covered bacon and deep-fried twinkles and snickers bars, but also for the classics like corn dogs, funnel cakes, and grilled corn. Over the next few posts, I’ll share my recipes for these fair favorites, starting with the corn dog, which is my personal favorite.

County Fair Corn Dogs
Yields 6 servings

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cornmeal
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup whole milk
1 egg
6 jumbo hot dogs
1 quart vegetable oil for frying
6 wooden skewers, soaked in water for at last 30 minutes
ketchup and yellow mustard, to serve as dipping sauces

Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large, heavy pot over medium-high heat to 360 degrees F.

Mix flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, paprika, salt and pepper in a bowl. Stir in milk and egg and whisk gently until fully combined. Transfer batter to a drinking glass or glass measuring cup, deep enough dip entire hot dog.

Thread hot dogs onto skewers. Dip each in batter a couple of times, and quickly drop entire stick into oil. Fry in batches, to keep oil in correct temperature, for 4 to 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Repeat for remaining corn dogs.

Serve with ketchup and mustard.

Adapted from Matt Armendariz via Design*Sponge.

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27 thoughts on “at the county fair: corn dogs

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  3. Just made these today for the kids and myself. My husband (who you could not pay to eat a corn dog normally) was wandering through insisting he wasn’t hungry. I convinced him to try a bite and then he ate a whole one saying how good they were!!! Delicious recipe and REALLY does taste just like fair food! Thanks 🙂

    • Christine, I am so glad to hear from you. I love when readers give me feedback about a recipe, especially when it turns out to be a success. Thank you so much for letting me know. This should teach your husband not to question you. When you say try this, he should just do so right away, right?!


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  5. Hi Daisy! what a nice surprise to see your comment in my blog!! I discovered your blog in Pinterest a year ago, and I had been following your blog since then! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe with me, your corndogs look so delicious! I will let you know how they turn out (: cant wait to make them!

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  8. Do you know, I have NEVER EATEN A CORN DOG? But I’d eat yours! Beautiful, daisy. Gosh, that featured photo, dipped in the yellow mustard. *salivates*

    • WHAT?! Back in college, when I used to work at Disneyland, I’d buy a corn dog every day for lunch. I must have eaten at least 100 by now. LOL!! You’re a much healthier eater than me, so I can understand how you’ve not had one.


  9. Oh, sure, I like all the local stuff that gets featured now (pork burgers, lamb sandwiches, apple slushies, etc.). But, I must admit: No mater what their provenance, corn dogs are my personal favorite fair food! I love the state fair and always look forward to it. Though it’s always blasted hot here in mid-August when it takes place.

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