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Mini Corn Dogs and Cheese Bombs

 

I have a little guy, a three year old little guy who happens to be a picky eater. Can you imagine the horror? 

I pride myself on being a whiz in the kitchen, and there is nothing in life I enjoy more than feeding my loved ones my food. When I was pregnant I had all these grand dreams of the great dishes I would whip up for my future baby. I imagined that he would be born with an advanced palate and I would be the one to help him explore his food cravings. He would be my co-pilot as I drove around the city picking up fancy cheeses and sourcing the next big, sweet dessert.  In my dreams, we would never make it home with the goodies we purchased because we we would have devoured it all the minute we left the market!

But alas, these dreams were not to be. 

My son is very selective in what he will eat and almost every meal is met with a challenge (even if he had eaten the same meal the day before with no problem). Therefore, I stick to the basics with him, and find myself constantly exploring ways to expand his diet. A couple of weeks ago he finally took to eating a popsicle, enjoying it immensely because it was on a stick. When I offered him a lollipop the next day, thinking he would refuse to eat it (yes, even candy and sweets are rejected by my son!), he grabbed the stick and ate it right away.  Since then I have been putting a stick in anything stickable, including a meatball...on a stick!

This change in attitude set my mind racing with foods that I could put on a stick. I quickly decided the next thing would be a corn dog or cheese bomb; he was bound to like one or the other. I made my batter with the corn flour Maseca and cut the wieners in half to make it easier for his little mouth to gobble them down.

Success! Not only did he like the corn dog, he liked the cheese bomb, too. This recipe worked on my son, so I declare it kid proof. Officially.

Mini Corn Dogs and Cheese Bombs 

  • 6 frankfurters (beef or turkey)
  • 6 chunks of cheddar cheese (1 inch width x 3 inch length)
  • 18 popsicle sticks
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1/2 cup Maseca (Amarillo) 
  • 1/3 cup corn meal
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg

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