It’s Friday. It’s the first weekend of the Minnesota State Fair. It’s the debut of Mini Carrot Corn Dogs. Can life get any better right now?
Correct answer: nope, this is a pretty perfect setup.
Do you remember the Vegan Carrot Dogs I shared last year? A perfect veg-friendly option for summer BBQs! I had to take it a step further though.
Here’s a deep dark secret of mine: I LOVE corn dogs. It’s no secret that I love corn (I’m starting to think maybe I should have created a blog focused solely on corn recipes ?). So I love corn dogs. But I am super picky about eating meat, and we alllll know that hot dogs are notoriously sketchy. I get it. So I never get corn dogs.
The only exception being one from the fair every year. I CAN’T HELP IT, ok you guys?!? But! But I knew I HAD to create a veg-friendly option for when the mood strikes. I’ve gone far too long with unfulfilled corn dog cravings. No longer.
And what’s better than a regular veg-friendly corn dog? Mini Corn Dogs, of course. You’ll be obsessed with the size of these mini carrot corn dogs – they’re so cute and fun to eat! And hello, no weird mystery ingredients! *cheering emoji in excess*
So, what do we need to do?
- Give the baby carrots a soak in the soy/garlic/ginger/liquid smoke sauce that gives life to the magic transformation from regular baby carrots to mini “hot dogs”. Absolute magic.
- Let them do their thing for at least 12 hours, although I highly recommend going for 24!
- Boil, baby, boil!
- Stick ‘em! I cut lollipop sticks in half – they’re just the right size!
- When I dip you dip I did (I.e. start dipping in the thick corn dog batter)
- Fry ‘em up! It’s not fair food if it’s not fried.
On to more dipping! What’s your favorite corn dog condiment? You may know my other weakness: ketchup! Where my ketchup lovers at?! They’d also be tasty with some honey mustard, bourbon BBQ sauce, or whatever you want! Really, these are gonna knock-your-socks-off no matter what.
Before we go! This is the second (and final) state-fair-inspired recipe for this year’s run at it. Side note: did you see the Scalloped Corn Arancini?!? Go. Now. But before you do, about the state fair foods, I want to know what you try this year! Leave a comment or tag me on Instagram – I’d love to recreate your favorites!
Here’s to all things on a stick, and fried, and eating until you’re sick.Print
This recipe is part of our State Fair Foods to Make at Home roundup. Check it out!