There are lots of things I miss about Oklahoma. My family, Sonic, my friends, Sonic, my family, Sonic, Queenie’s, Sonic, my family, friends and……yep, Sonic.
It amazes me how, after 20 years in Australia, the lure of fried food is so strong as soon as we get off the plane. Each and every time we visit OK, Sonic is the first stop we make. I really love the vanilla Cokes, but last time we were there, I think I shared some tater tots and only had a couple of cheddar bites. I simply cannot tolerate the fried food overload any more. My kids, however, have no such issues. Sonic becomes not only a lunch and snack stop, but a late breakfast stop a few times. I can’t say that a chilli dog LOOKS real appetising at that time of day, but it didn’t seem to faze the eater.
The problem with copy catting the fave Sonic delight in Australia has always been the hot dogs. The hot dogs here are just gross. I think, when I was still eating meat, I only ever had one. Gross, people, gross. So when the local supermarket started carrying “American franks” in their deli section I brought some home for the troops and requested feedback. Hot dogs on soft buns earned a double thumbs up.
Again, I simply don’t know when to leave well enough alone and started thinking about the items that my family love that involved hot dogs. I know I will never be able to reproduce the taste of Coney Islander, the top OK favourite of the chief culinary consultant in our house. The smell makes it the only meat I still contemplate and waver, but I still cannot succumb. But the buns make the Coney’s so I wanted to create what the family view as the next best thing from Sonic.
Enter my brand new kitchen toy, the New Wave 6 in 1 cooker I bought from Kitchenware Direct.
This has a slow cooker, a pressure cooker, a steamer, rice cooker, a browner, and…… a deep fryer. I have never had a deep fryer, never used one, and refused to buy one since I simply don’t fry. But this is one of the 6 so what the heck! The new cooker, coupled with my desire to do something completely surprising for my family, resulted in a shout of “Oh My Gawd” from the next room after a taste testing by the 6 foot tall teenager! Mission accomplished!
Gluten Free and (not) low fat Sonic copycat Corn Dogs – (12 dogs)
Note: I source A LOT of gluten free items from Sunnybank …… They carry the largest range of Bob’s Red Mill products in Australia, are super friendly to deal with, and delivery is very quick. It saves me searching 15 different places for my favourite items and I don’t have to carry anything home. If you are looking for anything in particular, give them a call as they have more items that are not listed on their website. Check it out here!
2 x packs Hans gluten free American Franks (in the cold meat section of Coles and Woolworths) (**This recipe can easily be made vegetarian. See note at the end of the post)
2/3 cup gluten free all purpose flour (I actually used Bob’s Red Mill biscuit & baking mix but you can also use any gluten free pancake mix)
1 & 1/3 cups medium ground cornmeal (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
1 tsp paprika
1 cup skim milk
¼ cup oil
2 Tbls sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 tsp baking powder
½ cup gluten free flour
Paddle pop sticks
Preheat a deep fryer with oil as directed for use. Insert paddle pop sticks into the dogs leaving about 4cm exposed for dipping and holding. You can place your dogs in the freezer for about ½ an hour to ensure the sticks will hold.
Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until just combined. The batter will need to be thin enough to dip your dogs but not too runny to slide right off. I found the easiest way to dip the dogs is to fill a tall glass with the cornmeal mixture. Roll the dogs in flour and shake off excess. Dip the dog into the glass with the cornmeal mixture and swirl until it completely covers the dog but not the stick you are holding. If your mixture is too thick use a bit of milk to thin out.
As you dip each dog, place in the fryer. Only do a couple at a time to prevent them sticking and fry until browned. Cool on paper towel and keep warm on a baking paper lined tray at a very low heat in the oven.
Serve with curly fries or tater tots and ketchup or mustard of your choice (roller skates & 50’s music are optional).
Oh, and you may be asking why this post is called 27? Each time we get ready to leave to travel to the USA, our family has a bet and tipping pool on how many corndogs the 6 foot teenager will consume. The record is 27 in 20 days! I have a feeling that I may need to limit the number of times this recipe is requested 🙂
** If you want to make this vegetarian you can use the Not – Dogs that the 6 foot teenager thinks are yummy. I haven’t tried them because not eating meat for me is not about ethics or humanity, but because I simply don’t like the taste. Check out the veggie dogs here.