RECIPE: Dagwood Dogs – Create this Fave Showtime Treat at Home!

Dagwood dogs, pluto pups, corndogs… whatever it is that you call this showtime delicacy, it doesn’t matter. What DOES matter is that you can totally enjoy this treat at home. And even better, it’s a CINCH to cook yourself!

Admittedly, dagwood dogs are far from being a health food, packed more with fun rather than nutrition. So there’s a HUGE emphasis on these morsels of frankfurt deliciousness being a treat for the kids.

Note: Match your skewer to the size of your frankfurt or they’ll fall off! The shorter 16cm length Mint skewers from Woolworths are perfect for little party franks!

Dagwood dog recipe
All the necessities for a show time treat at home!

Mini Dagwood Dogs recipe

SERVES PLENTY. The batter will easily be enough for 1kg of little frankfurts.


  • 1kg frankfurts (any size)
  • 1 cup polenta
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ cup caster sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly whisked
  • Pinch of salt
  • 600ml buttermilk
  • Vegetable oil for deep frying
  • Skewers


1. Use skewers to create stick handles. Poke them straight into the frankfurt and set aside.

Dagwood dog recipe

2. Whisk the polenta, plain flour, baking powder, caster sugar and salt together to form a combined dry mix. Half fill a saucepan big enough to fit the entire frankfurt and stick in with vegetable oil (or use a deep fryer). Heat to a medium-high temperature.

NOTE: Do not attempt to use a smaller pan and hold the stick while frying. BAD IDEA.

Dagwood dog recipe

3. Gradually whisk in the buttermilk and the egg to make a thick pancake type batter. Dip your frankfurts in the batter to cover them completely, then gently lower them into the oil.

Dagwood dog recipe

4. Once in the oil, they’ll only take a minute to cook. If they get a little too much colour, turn the heat down slightly. Transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper.

Dagwood dog recipe

5. Pile up high for kids to help themselves and don’t forget the tomato sauce for dipping! YUM!

Dagwood dog recipe

Dagwood dog recipe

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South Australian mum and self proclaimed foodie, Lexi can most days be found in the kitchen, apron tied firm and armed with a whisk or wooden spoon!

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