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Blue Cheese and Bacon Mini Corn Dogs

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 3 slices bacon, crisp-cooked and finely crumbled or chopped
  • Oil for deep fat frying
  • 6 jumbo beef franks, cut in half crosswise
  • 12 , 6-inch wooden skewers
  • Honey mustard or mustard
  • Blue Cheese Dip (optional)
  • Fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley (optional)

Details

Servings 12

Preparation

Step 1

In large bowl combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, dry mustard, and salt. Cut in the shortening until mixture resembles fine crumbs. In a blender combine milk, blue cheese, and egg; cover and blend until almost smooth. Add egg mixture to flour mixture along with bacon; mix well. (Batter will be thick.)

2. Meanwhile, heat 1 inch of oil in a heavy 10-inch skillet over medium heat to 365 degrees F. (should take about 15 minutes).

3. Insert skewers into ends of franks. Holding onto skewers, hold franks over bowl of cornmeal mixture. Spoon cornmeal mixture on franks and slightly spread to completely cover. Place coated franks, 3 or 4 at a time, on their sides in hot oil. Turn franks with tongs after about 10 seconds of cooking to prevent batter from sliding off. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes more or until golden brown, turning to brown evenly. Remove and drain on a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Keep warm in a 200 degrees F. oven while frying remaining franks. Serve warm with honey mustard and/or Blue Cheese Dip. Sprinkle parsley. Makes 12 appetizer corn dogs.

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