A little spicy and perfectly crisp, these bite-size Kimchi Corn Dogs are an umami-rich twist on a childhood favorite. We like them best dipped in sweet and spicy honey mustard.
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3 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup fine yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup kimchi, pureed
3 large eggs, beaten
48 (3-inch) toothpicks
6 hot dogs, cut into 1/2-inch rounds
Canola oil, for frying
Mayonnaise, ketchup, or honey mustard, for dipping
How to Make It
Whisk together flour, sugar, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Add milk, kimchi, and eggs. Whisk to form a smooth batter.
Insert a toothpick into each hot dog round (through the casing) so it looks like a lollipop.
Heat 3 inches of oil in a heavy 6-quart Dutch oven or tabletop fryer to 325°F.
Working with one skewered hot dog at a time, dip hot dog round into batter, rolling toothpick between fingers to coat hot dog evenly, and gently lift it, ensuring hot dog does not slide off toothpick.
Dip battered hot dog into the hot oil, holding toothpick, until batter begins to puff, about 10 seconds. Let go of toothpick; corn dog should float in the oil. Repeat with remaining hot dogs and batter, cooking in batches as needed. Fry corn dogs, stirring occasionally to ensure even browning, until batter is golden brown and cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes per batch. Using tongs, remove corn dogs from oil and drain on paper towels. Serve with mayonnaise, ketchup, or honey mustard for dipping.
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