Sunday, November 2, 2014
Corn Dogs from Foster Farms, the best of an All-American Favorite (and Gluten Free!!!)
If you're like me, one of the most difficult things about living with celiac disease is saying goodbye to some of your favorite childhood foods. Now imagine if you're someone who isn't suffering from celiac disease, but have chosen to adopt a gluten free lifestyle in order to support someone who has. If you're lucky enough to live with someone this supportive, then perhaps the only thing that makes you happier than finding a gluten-free version of one of your most-missed-foods, is when you can find one of theirs!
My husband loves corn dogs. In fact, judging by every birthday party, playground, fair ground and sporting event photo I have seen from between the ages of 2 and 20 something, I think it's safe to say he grew up on them.
We were lucky enough to discover Foster Farms gluten free corn dogs, and we both agree they're delicious! It turns out these delicious golden brown treats on a stick are but one product of an impressive gluten free line-up produced by Foster Farms.
Now, for those of you who are looking to stay away from red meat and/or pork products, the franks in the center are made from chicken, but still have that juicy, smoky, salty flavor that works so well with the sweet batter which surrounds it.
These corn dogs can be prepared in the oven, deep fryer or microwave. We tried all three ways and found that we liked the oven best. The corn dogs come having already been pre-fried and we didn't see too much difference between re-frying them and heating them in the oven. Obviously, the microwave was our least favorite method, but still very edible, and in a pinch perfectly good compared to other food-on-the-go options. We found that wrapping them in a moist paper towel does preserve the corn batter coating a bit more in the microwave.
On the corn dogs themselves, there is not much we can say other than these are really good corn dogs-- not good gluten free corn dogs, or good for gluten free corn dogs-- just really good corn dogs. The batter has a nice balance of sweet corn and honey which come together nicely into that fried corn bread texture which traps the moisture and savory flavors of the hot dog.
Our favorite topping was a spicy yellow mustard sauce we made by combining classic yellow mustard and tangy horseradish. For those of you who like the heat some mince jalapeno or a splash of tabasco really help create a sweet, savory and spicy masterpiece!