Magazine article Sunset

New Twists on Fair Classics

Magazine article Sunset

New Twists on Fair Classics

Article excerpt

What we love best about fairs, plus their modern updates

The lighter side of corn dogs

These are daintier, fluffier versions of those carnival behemoths, but they still go great with mustard and ketchup. Makes 40.


COMBINE 1 cup cornmeal, ¾ cup flour, 1 ½ tsp. kosher salt, ¾ tsp. baking powder, ¼ tsp. each baking soda and cayenne, and 2 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. sugar. In a separate bowl, mix 1 ¼ cups buttermilk and 3 tbsp. water. Add the dry ingredients and stir (mixture will be lumpy). Let rest 10 minutes.

HEAT 4 cups vegetable oil to 375° (check with a candy thermometer) in a high-sided 8-qt. pot. Insert a toothpick into the end of each mini sausage in a 16-oz. package, leaving at least 1 in. of toothpick exposed. Remix the batter slightly, and transfer to a small, deep container.

DIP each sausage into the batter, holding the toothpick end, then carefully drop into the oil, frying only 3 at a time. …

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