Saturday, November 26, 2011

Foodie Fanatics: Home made mini corn dogs

one on the left was the first attempt. 

I have to say there where OMG so good.... They are a little messy and time consuming but its so worth it in the long run. I don't think I can ever go back to store bought corn dogs again. This was by Paula Dean, I found it on her website..

 Vegetable oil, for frying
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 (16-ounce) package beef hot dogs, each cut crosswise into 3 pieces
1 1/2 cups self-rising cornmeal mix
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
Special Equipment: 40 (6-inch) wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes


In a large Dutch oven, pour the vegetable oil to a depth of 4 inches. Heat the oil to 350 degrees F.
Place the cornstarch in a small bowl. Place 1 hot dog piece on the end of each skewer. Dredge the hot dogs in cornstarch, gently tapping off the excess.
In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal mix, flour, and sugar. Add the buttermilk, whisking until smooth.
Holding the ends of the skewers, dip the hot dogs into the cornmeal batter to completely cover the hot dog. Holding the ends of the skewers, carefully place the battered hot dogs into the hot oil. Fry until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Repeat procedure with remaining skewered hotdogs and cornmeal batter.
* I had to add more buttercream to the mix t o smooth it out. Putting the cornstarch and the hot dogs in a ziplock bag works great...

 Frying away.

 Cover in batter 

My mom frying 
Kids loved them :) 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Foodie Fanatices: Chocolate Banana Cream Miniature Cupcakes

I recently joined a blog called Foodie Fanatic. Every 3 months there is a new chef from the food network featured and we make recipes that someone picks. This time it is Paula Deen. Michelle From Something new is Cooking  picked this one. We made these ones together. My son could not get enough of them.

Chocolate Banana Cream Miniature Cupcakes


1 (18.25 oz) box chocolate cake mix
1 (3.4 oz) box instant banana cream flavored pudding mix
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup sour cream
2 cups thawed frozen whipped topping
Garnish: dried banana chips (could not find at my grocery the day I went)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 (24-cup) miniature muffin pans with foil liners.

Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.

In a medium bowl, combine pudding mix and confectioners' sugar. Add cream and sour cream; beat at medium speed with a mixer until very thick. Fold in whipped topping. Pipe or spread mixture over cupcakes. Garnish with banana chips, if desired. Store cupcakes, covered, in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Yield: 4 dozen miniature cupcakes