If there is one thing that I love about going to the carnival every year, it’s the great corndogs that you can purchase from the vendors. The other food that I get when I am at the carnival is corn. Although I used to have to wait until summer time to enjoy these treats, now I can enjoy the combination in this unique fried corn recipe.
Once you try this recipe for yourself, it is going to become a fun and delicious staple in your home. It is easy to make and as you continue to make it, you will find that it is something that you can whip up in a matter of minutes. Try it for yourself; your family will love you for it!
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup white sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 egg – beaten slightly
1 1/2 cup buttermilk
The rest of the stuff
3/4 gallon vegetable oil for frying
6 ears of corn on the cob – left whole or cut in half horizontally
1/4 cup cornstarch (for rolling corn in prior to frying) – this helps the batter to stick
6 long or 12 halved wooden skewers that have been soaked in water overnight or at least 2 hours.
Before cooking, husk the corn, pull off the silk threads. If preferred – cut the corn in-half horizontally.
Place oil in a large Dutch Oven and heat to 375F. It is best to use a cooking thermometer.
Combine corn meal, flour, salt, black pepper, sugar and baking powder in a medium bowl. Mix well.
Combine egg and buttermilk in a medium bowl and mix well.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir just enough to moisten the batter.
The batter should be lumpy. Set it aside to rest 5-10 minutes while oil is heating.
Stick the skewers at least half-way into each ear of corn.
Place the cornstarch on a plate and roll each ear of corn in the cornstarch then tap off the excess.
Pour the batter into a tall glass or jar – leave some room at the top so the batter won’t overflow when corn is dipped into the batter. Refill the glass when needed.
Hold the corn by the skewer and quickly dip in and out of the batter in the glass.
The batter should hold well to the sides of the corn. If it seems a little too thick, wipe off excess batter with your finger, then add a little buttermilk to the remaining batter. If the batter seems too thin, add a little more cornmeal.
CAREFULLY and while holding the end of the skewer, dip the batter-dipped corn in the hot oil.
Turn the corn often until golden brown – approximately 2 minutes.
Set on a cooling rack which has been placed over paper towels.
Repeat until all corn is cooked.