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Guilt-free Baked Mini Corn Dog Bites

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As a kid, I loved corn dogs! I think most kids do. I haven’t had one in years and I think you can guess why! First, most hot dogs are loaded with fat and corn dogs are made by frying in about 2 quarts of oil!  Happily, not my mini baked ones!!! These guilt-free mini’s are made using 97% fat-free all beef dogs and the corn dogs are baked. The skinny for 1 mini corn dog bite, 79 calories, 1 gram of fat and 2 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.  These are so fun to serve and everybody loves them!!!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes


Ingredients

1⅛ cups buttermilk

2 eggs, I like using Egg-land Best eggs, see healthy benefit

2 tablespoons pickle relish

2 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard or spicy brown mustard

2 dashes Tabasco sauce

1¼ cups all-purpose flour

1 cup cornmeal

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 (1 lb.) pkg. Hebrew National 97% fat-free all-beef hot dogs, see shopping tip

Cooking spray, I like using olive oil spray


Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat a baking pan with cooking spray.

2. Combine buttermilk, eggs, relish, mustard and Tabasco in a bowl.

3. In a large bowl, using a whisk, mix together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Stir buttermilk mixture into cornmeal mixture to combine; let stand about 5 minutes until mixture is thick. Using a whisk again, whisk mixture until smooth; transfer to a tall measuring cup.

4. Cut each hot dog into three pieces crosswise. Dip dogs into batter, coating entirely. It gets a little messy but just make sure they are all fully coated. You might need to use your finger to smear the batter around. It doesn’t matter if they don’t look perfectly shaped. Mine don’t but still taste great.

5. Place corn dogs on baking pan. Spray the corn dogs with cooking spray.

6. Bake for 15 minutes on 1 side, turn over, coat again with cooking spray and bake an additional 10-15 minutes.

7. Place a toothpick in each. Serve at once with ketchup and mustard on the side.

Makes 21 mini corn dog bites


Food Facts


A corn dog is a hot dog or Frankfurter with a thick layer of cornbread coating and deep fried. Almost all corn dogs are served on a wooden stick.
There is some debate as to the exact origins of the corn dog; they appeared in some ways in the US by the 1920s, and were popularized nationally in the 1940s.


Healthy Benefit

Egg-Land Best eggs are better for you than regular eggs. They contain more vitamin E, 100 mg of Omega 3 and 25% less saturated fat than regular eggs. You’ll find them in most supermarkets.


Shopping Tip

Most supermarkets sell Hebrew National 97% fat-free all-beef hot dogs. You’ll find them in the refrigerated aisle where other hot dogs are displayed. They are quite tasty at 40 calories and 1 gram of fat each. Even better tasting when coated with the cornbread batter. I bought mine at Trader Joe’s.


Prep Tip


A tall measuring cup or large glass allows you to easily coat each hot dog in batter. It’s the perfect vessel for dunking.

Weight Watchers (old points) 1

Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS
2

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 mini corn dog bite (not including ketchup and mustard for dipping)
79 calories, 1g fat, 4g protein, 13g carbs, 1g fiber, 332mg sodium, 1g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 regular size, full fat corn dog
280 calories, 18g fat, 8g protein, 21g carbs, 1g fiber, 755mg sodium, 5g sugar

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22 Responses to “Guilt-free Baked Mini Corn Dog Bites”

  1. Katherine Martinelli Says:

    Love these Nancy! I also haven’t had a corn dog in years – although the same summer I discovered them (the post college graduation, route 66 road trip summer) I probably ate a lifetime’s worth. And went to the place where they were invented, Cozy’s Corn Dogs in Illinois! Anyway, these look great and I can’t wait to give them a try.

  2. admin Says:

    What a cute story Katherine. I hope you enjoy them!

  3. Amanda Says:

    Oh my gosh I love them! I’ve recently been plagued with a strange obsession with corn dogs, but try not to eat them too often since they’re not good for me. But since these are healthier, I’ll have to give them a try!

  4. admin Says:

    Thanks Amanda. I think you’re in for a real skinny treat! Enjoy…

  5. Diane Balch Says:

    These sound delicious and great for a party. Thanks for sharing them on foodie friday.

  6. Cindys Recipes and Writings Says:

    Cute idea! Thanks for sharing at Foodie friends Friday!

  7. admin Says:

    Thanks for another great party Cindy!

  8. admin Says:

    Thanks Diane! I love sharing each week on Foodie Friday-simplelivingdianebalch.blogspot.com/

  9. The Better Baker Says:

    I sure love this replacement idea for greasy corn dogs! Way to go! Thanks so much for linking up at Weekend Potluck. You have the bestest WW recipes! =)

  10. Michelle Says:

    Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.
    Michelle

  11. admin Says:

    Thanks Michelle! I’m looking forward to another great link party on your site this week! michellestastycreations.blogspot.com

  12. admin Says:

    Thanks so much Mrs B! I love sharing my recipes each week at Weekend Potluck! thebetterbaker.blogspot.com

  13. Michelle Says:

    Just wanted to let you know I’m featuring you on Creative Thursday this week. Stop by and check it out. http://www.michellestatycreations.blogspot.com
    Michelle

  14. admin Says:

    Wow Michelle…Thanks so much for sharing my recipe. I love your link party each week and look forward to sharing my recipes. michellestastycreations.blogspot.com

  15. HungryLittleGirl Says:

    Healthy, delicious and cute, I’m in love!
    I would love to have you share this or any other recipe of you at Wednesday Extravaganza – my foodie link party with a little special something! Here is the link:
    http://www.hungrylittlegirl.com/1/post/2012/10/wednesday-extravaganza.html

    Can’t wait to see you there!

  16. admin Says:

    Thanks so much for the invite. I’d to stop by and share these at your link party!

  17. Katherines Corner Says:

    Oh my goodness our grandchildren would love these! I invite you to share them at my hop too. I’m hopping over from Wednesday extravaganza xo

  18. admin Says:

    I’m sure your grandkids will love these. Thanks for the invite Katherine. I’ll stop by on Wednesday to share!!!

  19. Lisa Says:

    I wish I could post a photo here…mine were like a really bad “Pinterest Fail.” Don’t think my batter was thick enough (no idea why, as I followed the recipe exactly). There was no way to pack it onto the dogs…it was definitely dippable. While I was putting them on the baking sheet, I knew this was not going to work….I had little nearly naked dogs sitting in the puddles of batter that was dripping off of them. :( And what’s the reason for putting the batter in a tall measuring cup? Wouldn’t that just make it harder to get your fingers down in there? I left mine in the bowl.

  20. admin Says:

    Lisa, I’m so sorry you had trouble with this recipe. Since you followed it exactly, I can’t image what went wrong. I like to put the batter into a large measuring cup to make it easy to dip the hot dogs into the batter.
    My best,
    Nancy

  21. Weight Watchers Friendly Snack Recipes - Wendys Hat Says:

    […] 1 PointsPlus 13. Sweet Potato Chips – 4 PointsPlus 14. Artichoke Dip – 0 PointsPlus 15. Baked Mini Corn Dog Bites – 2 PointsPlus 16. Chili Party Dip – 1 PointsPlus 17. Spicy Buffalo Shrimp Dip – […]

  22. admin Says:

    I LOVE your list Wendy. All sound really yummy. Thanks you so much for including my Baked Mini Corn Dog Bites!
    All the best,
    Nancy

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