Lately I have been taking my children’s favorite lunches and converting them to Mason Jar Meals. This means that original recipes are being baked up or packed in jars for their lunches. With a little creativity and adaptability I have been able to surprise them with some really fun, homemade lunches. Do you remember your first Corn Dog?
Corn dogs are a favorite Fair Food for most, but are so doggone greasy. Years ago I came up with this baked version that we all enjoyed very much.
Now to just get it into a jar…
6 hot dogs cut in half- I like Applegate’s organic/uncurred
Preheat oven to 375°. In a stand mixer, mix all of the ingredients together leaving out the hot dogs of course! Once the mix is smooth, pour into 12 very greased 1/2 pint mason jars- filling to a scant 4 ounces. Place the hot dogs in the batter according to the picture, standing right up in the center of the batter. Bake for 2o minutes or until corn bread is cooked through and golden. Let cool slightly, then run a sharp knife around each corn dog to loosen from the side of the jar. Let cool completely, lid, and store in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to serve. I have my children remove their frozen lunches from the freezer the night before school to defrost overnight in the refrigerator. To reheat, remove lid and microwave for about 45 seconds or until desired temperature. Glass will be hot, so take caution. If you ran the knife around it well, it should slide right out of the jar! Serve with a side of mustard or ketchup, or even chili and cheese. Makes 12 Corn Dogs.
NOTE!- If you would like these baked and on a stick, then stick a stick down through the hotdog before placing in the batter. Bake the same, run a knife around the jar to loosen the corn dog, and remove from jar by turning the jar over and letting the corn dog slide out. Makes a very cute presentation on a buffet, but I did find it a bit harder to eat off a stick, just like real corn dogs- always biting into that dang stick!
Many have written me saying that their school does now allow glass jars. Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water! It is a good idea to fill your refrigerator with Mason Jar Meals for busy nights, after-school snacks, and to share with a neighbor who may be ill or just had a baby. I have jarred up leftovers for “fend for yourself nights” when I do not feel like cooking. What a lovely break!
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