My husband’s favorite appetizer is pigs in a blanket. Making a gluten-free version of this snack is not an easy task. So these baked mini corn dog bites are the compromise. They are gluten-free, the favorite at my backyard barbecues, baseball and football parties and really any party where my husband makes the menu.
Are Corn Dogs Gluten-Free?
Most hot dogs are gluten-free, so the gluten is in the corn part. This is usually a thick cornbread batter that uses flour made from wheat in the recipe. So unless actually stated as specifically gluten-free, the corn dogs you find at the ball park or fair are not gluten-free. BUT these mini corn dogs are! No they’re not, fried but they check all the other boxes and they are incredibly easy to make.
You can use any cornbread batter for these bites, but my gluten-free cornbread recipe or my gluten-free dairy-free cornbread recipe is the perfect texture and has the right amount of sweet to go with the hot dogs. The bites will not get as golden without dairy.
To make this recipe extra easy, you can use a ready-made cornbread mix. These little bites bake in a mini-muffin tin, so no messy frying is necessary.
Corn Dog Condiments
You can go with the standard ketchup and mustard or mix it up to make it a little more interesting.
- Spicy Ketchup – Combine 1/2 c ketchup with 1 Tbsp hot sauce. The favorite in my house is Frank’s Red Hot sauce.
- Sweet Mustard – Combine 1/2 c spicy brown mustard or yellow mustard with 1 Tbsp honey, maple syrup or agave.
- Barbecue Sauce – Use your favorite barbecue sauce for a perfect sweet and salty dip.
Corn Dog Bites – Variations
- These bites can also be made with fully cooked sausage. I love them with spicy Italian sausage instead of hot dogs – the spicy-salty-sweet combination is so perfect with mustard.
- Fill these bites with chorizo and serve topped with pico de gallo.
- Use cooked breakfast sausage in place of the hot dogs and use these as a breakfast or brunch dish.
Gluten-Free Flour Blends
I have used several different gluten-free flour blends with this recipe and they all worked well. My custom blend of sorghum, millet and brown rice flours with some starches is my favorite. The combination of flours gives a wonderful taste and texture. See the notes in the recipe for a super simple DIY gluten-free flour blend or my post on gluten-free flours and flour blends.
If you prefer a store bought blend, I recommend King Arthur Gluten-Free All purpose Flour or their Measure for Measure Flour.