Corn dogs are actually pretty amazing. Think about it: It's a hot dog covered in cornbread batter and deep-fried on a stick. The result is a symphony of flavors and textures that deserves more than just a slick of yellow mustard.
Consider the dressed-up corn dog a centerpiece of your next get-together. Whether you make your corn dogs from scratch or grab the bake-at-home variety from the grocery store, here are 10 ways to dip, drizzle, sprinkle, or dress your corn dog for maximum delight.
All of our suggested corn dog toppings can be found in the aisles of your local supermarket — not just the condiment aisle. If you're hosting a corn dog dress-up party, set out a tray of toppings and let your guests go to town.
1. Honey + Toasted Sesame Seeds
Honey's sweet stickiness makes it an ideal dip for corn dogs. Just roll the resulting dog in sesame seeds and enjoy.
2. Pimento Cheese + Chopped Pickles
A Southern classic, pimento cheese can be made at home or found in the dairy case of your grocery store. Top with chopped dill pickles.
3. Sour Cream + Pickled Jalapeños + Cumin Seeds
This trio of cool — tart sour cream, pickled jalapeños, and crunchy cumin seeds —is a perfect complement to the sweet and savory flavors of the corn dog. Toast the cumin before serving for extra aroma and crunch.
4. Marinara Sauce + Red Pepper Flakes
If ketchup is your go-to corn dog dip, try this combo of simple marinara and spicy red pepper flakes instead.
5. Cream Cheese + Hot Pepper Jelly
Cream cheese has wonderful staying power for holding the hot pepper jelly in place. Swirl the two together for an amazing corn dog dip.
6. Cheese Sauce + Steamed Broccoli
My inner child is craving this classic combo! Buy the jarred cheese sauce and steam some broccoli in the microwave for a kid-approved favorite.
7. Mayo + Ketchup + Minced Garlic
We call this combination Magic Sauce in our house. You'll be surprised by how delicious it is on fries and corn dogs alike.
8 Quick-Pickled Onion + Habanero Chiles
Toss some thinly sliced sweet onions with a thinly sliced hot pepper and a bit of white vinegar, let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes, and then enjoy on corn dogs, hot dogs, or burgers.
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9. Chili + Fried Onion + Cheddar Cheese
The chili corndog is a perfect use of canned chili. Add a few crispy fried onions and some grated cheddar cheese for the greatest chili cheese dog of all time.
10. Charred Corn + Cotija + Chili Powder
Corn, cotija, and a sprinkle of chili powder will ignite your love for the corn dog all over again. Serve with a bit of chopped cilantro and a wedge of lime for squeezing.