Healthy Recipe: Baked Corn Dog Bites

baked corn dog bites

It’s official, the 2013 World Series is here! And whether you’re watching your favorite team alone or with some friends, one thing is for sure—you’re gonna need some snacks!

Baseball games can be lengthy (did you know the longest World Series game went 5 hours and 41 minutes) and snacks are a definite must to get through the long haul. While typical stadium eats are deep-fried and heavy, these corn dogs will help you root, root, root for the home team without busting your calorie budget. They’re made with whole grain flour and all-natural hot dogs; and they’re just shy of 60 calories per bite. So get ready to hit a homerun with these scrumptious Baked Corn Dog Bites!

Baked Corn Dog Bites

Makes ~48 bites

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup fine-ground cornmeal
  • ½ cup white whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup lowfat milk
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup butter (melted)
  • 8 all-natural beef or chicken hot dogs (look for organic, nitrate-free dogs)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Spray the cups of a mini muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda until well mixed. Add in the buttermilk, milk, and egg and stir until just combined (do not overmix). Gently stir in the melted butter.
  3. Let the batter rest for 5 minutes, then spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin, filling each about ½ full.
  4. Cut the hotdogs into ¾”-1” pieces (shorter if you want the hotdogs hidden in the muffins, longer if you want them sticking out), and place one piece in the middle of the batter of each muffin cup.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the muffins are golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes in the muffin tin, then remove.
  6. Repeat the process with the remaining hot dog pieces and cornbread mix. Serve warm with mustard and ketchup for dipping.

Nutrition per bite: 57 calories, 2,7g fat, 6.4g carbs, 1.9g protein

Don’t have a mini muffin tin? No problem, just cut the hot dog pieces a bit bigger and use a regular-sized muffin tin. They’ll need to bake longer—15-17 minutes.

What’s your favorite game day snack?

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Cassie Johnston is an award-winning food writer and recipe developer living and working in Southern Indiana. Her work has been feature in national publications such as Gourmet Magazine and The Huffington Post. Cassie’s a big fan of strenuous hikes, cheese, watching sports, Brussels sprouts, and craft beer, and she’ll talk your ear off about her love of local food and seasonal eating. She’s obsessed with social media and loves connecting with new friends!