Ya know, just when you think you can’t be surprised by the little things, something comes along to turn that theory on it’s ear. When I saw this recipe on Recipe Girl’s blog, it blew my mind…pow! Such a simple idea, so easy to make, and one of those classic little quirky dishes that will wow your guests in it’s delicious simplicity.
Each year at Christmas, my cousins Luke and Mitch arrive at my Mom’s place fully prepared to HOUSE some pigs in a blanket. It is my guess that these would be a nice alternative this crowd favorite. I may have to test this theory out when we get together again for the holiday festivities. And don’t rule this out as a kids’ only treat, test it out on your grown up friends too at your next gathering. I bet you will be pleasantly surprised by the response.
- 2 (8.5 ounce) packages corn bread mix
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 9 whole hot dogs, diced
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- ketchup, mustard, sour cream, honey mustard (for dipping)
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly grease mini muffin tins.
- In a large bowl, stir together cornbread mix and brown sugar. In a small bowl whisk together eggs and milk, and then stir into dry mixture until moistened. Mix in hot dogs and cheese.
- Spoon a good Tablespoonful into muffin tins, making sure you get some hot dog in each spoonful.
- Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool for about 10-15 minutes in the pan before removing. For easy removal, cut around outsides of the muffins, then tip upside down onto a large cutting board & urge the muffins out using a knife to tap the bottoms of the muffin tins. They should slide right out.
- Serve warm with desired dipping sauces.
- Alternately, you can use your favorite cornbread mix, follow the instructions on the box, add in 1 cup of cheddar cheese and mix in chopped hot dogs too. If your favorite cornbread mix doesn't have a sweet element to it, add in 2 Tbsp. brown sugar.
- You can use paper liners if you'd like.