We can't even begin to describe how good these vegan corn dogs are! All we can say is they are amazing! They're beyond amazing. They should be in a food group all their own. We're not kidding. Nope. Not even a little.
Peanut oil (for frying)
1 cup all-purpose unbleached flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1/2 brick (or 4 ounces) organic silken tofu
1 1/4 cup non-dairy milk
1 tablespoon agave nectar
8 Smart Dogs by Lightlife Foods (halved) Or other vegan hot dog of choice
16 wood sticks (disposable "fast-food" style chop sticks work great)
1/3 cup corn starch
Heat oil in a deep fryer or a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat to 365° F. Oil should be at least 2-inches below the rim of the pan. If you don't have a kitchen thermometer, test the oil by carefully dropping a small amount of batter into the oil. It should float on top of the oil and begin bubbling almost immediately. If the oil starts to smoke, it's too hot. If this happens, turn the heat down and add a little more oil if possible. The oil should be hot, but not smoking.
In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, soda, and salt. Add the tofu, milk, and agave and continue to whisk until well combined. There will be small lumps in the batter; this is okay.
Skewer each Smart Dog - using one chopstick. Roll each sausage in cornstarch, and set aside. Depending on the size of your pan, roll each Smart Dog in the batter one at a time, making sure to coat the whole "dog."
Slowly sink it into the oil, leaving the stick out. Turn the dog, if necessary after about 2 minutes to submerge the opposite side for even cooking — Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Carefully remove to a wire rack or place on paper towels to drain off any excess oil.
Don't worry if your corn dogs come out looking a little less than perfect. They're still delicious! And that rustic, homemade-look is excellent!
Serve with all your favorite dipping sauces. Refrigerate any leftovers.
Corn Dog Appetizers:
If it's an appetizer you're after just cut each hot dog into quarters and follow the directions above for frying.