Corn dogs. Honestly as the child of Mexican immigrants I didn’t eat too many of these phallic treats. My mom wasn’t much of a cook and whenever she did cook it was food from La Patria. That part of Americana she never embraced. Despite that, corn dogs are part of the American ethos. Think of summer fairs, rodeos, carnivals, and alike. Since these are as American as Norman Rockwell paintings, let’s talk about Paleo corn dogs.
Why do we need Paleo corn dogs? As with practically every food in the standard American diet, corn dogs are riddled with issues. (There is a reason why the standard American diet’s acronym is S.A.D.)
Let’s look at the hot dogs. Hot dogs are the Top 10 Wanted list for killers in the American diet. They are absolutely horrendous for our diet. Why? First of all they are classified as processed meat.
This type of meat is essentially scraped up, leftover parts of the pig and/or cow. So we are talking about the brains, ligaments, genitalia, organs, and alike. They mush it down and shoot this “meat” into a casing. In the old days, the casing was made from animal intestines. The second issue is that certain toxic preservatives are shot into these processed meats they are extremely deleterious to our diet, like sodium nitrates.
The studies on processed meats are rather conclusive. They greatly increase our chances of acquiring colon and pancreatic cancer. Undisputable. Some of you might remember the Time magazine expose on it a few years back. So we need to do our best to limit our intake of hot dogs, deli meats, most bacon, and alike.
The other reason we need Paleo corn dogs is the batter. The batter is predominately wheat flour-based. As mentioned in numerous recipes on Naturopathic Earth, wheat has the protein, gluten, in it. Gluten sensitivity is very common in the American diet mostly because through 90% of human history we didn’t eat it.
Brain fog, bloating, loose stool, abdominal pain are the main symptoms of gluten sensitivity. The better option for Paleo corn dogs and most wheat/flour items is to opt for a non-wheat flour alternative. Click HERE to see our Review of non-Wheat Flour Alternatives.
The other issue is the frying of the dogs. Corn dogs are fried in industrial-grade vegetable oil, in most cases corn or canola oils. Despite what Ancel Keys-manipulated studies from the 1960s told us, corn oil is pernicious to our health. It is directly linked to a host of cardiovascular maladies and obesity. Always opt for butter or ghee (clarified butter) or avocado or coconut oils.
Cupped Paleo Corn Dogs
So let’s look at these Paleo corn dogs. Of course, we are not going to use wheat flour but rather coconut and almond flour. The texture of the dogs will be a little different than the conventional ones, but not too much to be distracting.
Let’s make these Paleo corn dogs quasi-keto. How? We throw in some pastured eggs, chia seeds, ghee and coconut milk. All of these will bring much needed saturated and healthy fats. We also add some honey for sweetness.
We have to use hot dogs for these Paleo corn dogs. So opt for nitrate-free uncured hot dogs. Most large grocery stores will sell these types of dogs.
Also, we do not fry these corn dogs but rather bake them in the oven. This avoids the inflammatory vegetable oils.
We turned these dogs into corn dog cups. You can certainly keep them as conventional corn dogs. Just impale your uncured hot dogs with a wooden stick while preparing the batter. Either way, your kids will love them. Maybe serve it on a hot summer day while you are camping outside in your backyard looking at the stars.
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Cut hotdogs into 6 large pieces. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with butter. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well. Divide the contents evenly among the 10 muffin tins. Bake for 25 minutes.
Cut hotdogs into 6 large pieces.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with butter.
In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well.
Divide the contents evenly among the 10 muffin tins. Bake for 25 minutes.