I have always loved this time of year. The cold weather, the holidays, and something special that I will always hold near and dear to my heart: the Volusia County fair! There is something about the fair that gets me every time. I think it all comes back to the smell….yes the wonderful smell of fried fair food. I have given up most of the rides years ago, but the smells keep me coming back year after year for a night of shameful snacking. I usually always leave with a stomachache from the binge eating, but it’s a traditional that has become an annual happy outing. This year, I was unable to make it to the fair due to my work schedule. Instead of missing out on the food…I decided to create something that was a much more healthy but none-the-less fair worthy treat to enjoy throughout the week.
I always get a sampling of many different treats, but the fair food I never skip is the corn dog. It’ s kind of my go-to snack. This is probably one of the worst foods I could consume, not just because it is deep fried, but also because it contains a hot dog that is loaded with nitrates and who knows what else! Rodents come to mind… Anyhoo, I searched for quite a while before I found an acceptable hot dog for my healthy version of the corn dog. I chose to use hot dogs from the company Applegate. Not all of their meats are organic, but these specific hot dogs are organic, nitrate free and grass fed! YAY!! No added soy feed or fillers. This is probably the least processed hot dog you could find right now. Click on the picture above to search where you can find these in your area.
This recipe can also be done meatless using vegan approved hot dogs and bacon if you don’t want to use actual meat. I suggest choosing an organic variety that has as few ingredients as possible. The less processed the better!
What you’ll need:
3 packs applegate organic hot dogs
2 packs nitrate free bacon
2 packs wooden dowel rods (found in the craft section of Walmart)
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup water
2 baking sheets liked with foil or parchment paper
basting brush or spoon
Heat oven to 350°. The first step involves prepping the dowel rods. You can skip this step but they may not push into the hot dogs too easily without it.
Sharpen one end of the dowel rod until it has a slight point to it. It doesn’t have to be super pointy, but it needs to have enough of a shape so it glides into the hot dog without a lot of resistance.
Slide the dowel rod about 3/4 of the way into the hot dog.
Trim the dowel rod down to a shorter length if desired using a wire cutter. Or you can keep them long for a fun fair effect. Just make sure they will fit on your baking sheet.
Take one piece of bacon and wrap it around the hot dog, starting at the top and twisting it down to the bottom.
Place all the hot dog pops on the baking sheet and make the sauce to coat them.
To make sauce, place 1/2 cup honey and 1/3 cup water into a pan and bring to a boil. Take pan off of heat and set aside to cool for 5 minutes.
The next step can be done in two ways.,#1) Baste the hot dog pops with honey sauce, coating completely or…
#2) hold hot dog over the sauce and coat using a spoon.
Place in oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until bacon is cooked through.
When hot dog pops are done, grab some honey mustard and enjoy!
I make lots of these so I can snack on them for awhile. Once they are completely cool, wrap each pop in saran wrap, put in a freezer bag and place in freezer. Pull them out one at a time for a yummy healthy carnival inspired treat!
They are great with ketchup, mustard, honey mustard, or plain. Delish!!!
What is your favorite fair food?