September 14, 2012

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Margaret's Morsels | Corn Dog Casserole


Where can you eat nachos, caramel apples, cotton candy, grilled corn-on-the-cob, funnel cakes, corn dogs and something deep fried on a stick and wash it all down with freshly squeezed lemonade?  The fair!  For many people, this yearly event is more about the food being sold than which items won ribbons in various competitions.  If there's not a fair being held nearby, you can fix corn dogs at home, but without the stick.

Corn Dog Casserole is a tasty alternative to traditional corn dogs.  Hot dogs are combined with a batter made from eggs, milk, pepper and corn muffin mix.  Instead of being fried, these corn dogs are baked in the oven.

For the 15 years I've been making this casserole, I've always baked it in a 3-quart baking dish.  Not too long ago, my 14 year old son asked me why I didn't use a muffin pan instead.  I'd never thought about using one before so I decided to perform the experiment.  Not only does a muffin pan work great, it makes the perfect size after school snack.

The casserole is easy to assemble, but requires some prep work on the front end.

Halve each hot dog lengthwise.


Margaret's Morsels | Corn Dog Casserole


Halve each hot dog again for a total of four pieces.


Margaret's Morsels | Corn Dog Casserole


Cut the pieces into thirds (you'll have a total of 12 pieces per hot dog).


Margaret's Morsels | Corn Dog Casserole


Saute the hot dogs with some margarine in a skillet.  This lightly browns the hot dogs but, more importantly, intensifies the flavor.  Food doesn't brown good when it's overcrowded so I saute the hot dogs in two batches, adding additional margarine if necessary.


Margaret's Morsels | Corn Dog Casserole
  Sauteing half the hot dogs

Combine the hot dogs with the batter ingredients.


Margaret's Morsels | Corn Dog Casserole


Bake in a greased 3-quart baking dish


Margaret's Morsels | Corn Dog Casserole


or 24 greased muffin cups.


Margaret's Morsels | Corn Dog Casserole


The baking time is 15 to 30 minutes, depending on which pan you use. Unlike the casserole which is ready to serve when it comes out of the oven, the muffin pan needs to cool 10 minutes before the contents are removed.  If you try to remove them earlier, they'll crumble.  After 10 minutes, run a knife around the edge of each muffin and lift each one out of the pan.

Add some catsup and mustard and you've got a fair favorite that can be made at home year round.


Corn Dog Casserole
8 Servings

2 Tbsp. butter or margarine (plus more if needed)
2 (16 oz.) pkg. hot dogs
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 (8 1/2 oz.) pkg. corn muffin mix

Quarter each hot dog lengthwise; cut into thirds (there will be 12 pieces per hot dog).  Working in batches, saute the hot dogs in butter or margarine for 5 minutes.  In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk and pepper; stir in the hot dogs.  Add the corn muffin mixes and stir to combine the ingredients. Spread the mixture in a greased 3-quart baking dish.  Bake at 400° for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

To bake in muffin cups, divide batter among 24 greased muffin cups.  Bake at 400° for 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes.  Run a knife around the edge of each muffin before removing from the pan.


© Margaret's Morsels



11 comments:

  1. This casserole is a fun idea, but I think the muffins are super! Great idea to carry that fair food theme and make it hand-held. Thank you for sharing, Margaret.

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! I have to give my son credit for coming up with the idea of using muffin pans instead of a casserole dish! I wonder what other ideas he can come up with before he heads off to college:)

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  2. love it easy school lunch idea thanks for sharing visiting from create it thursday have a great day

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    1. Thanks, Robin Lorraine! I'm glad you like the recipe. Thanks for the opportunity to share the recipe on your linky party!

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  3. So unique. I will try this one but I'm out of the corn muffin mix.

    Coming from Mix it up Monday! Visit me on my blog!

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    1. Thanks, Mika! I'm going to visit your blog right now!

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    2. Mika, if you see this, could you please give me your blog address. I went to Mix it Up Monday and it took me to "Flour me with Love." Is this the right blog? Thanks.

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  4. What I like about this is it isn't fried. Thanks for linking to What'd You Do This Weekend,.

    Linda

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    1. You're welcome. I also like the fact that it's not fried. Thanks for the opportunity to share the recipe on your linky party:)

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  5. I love the mini size of these. They look good! Thank you for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next time.

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    1. Thanks, Cynthia! The muffins are the perfect size for an after school snack. Thanks for hosting the party!!!

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