As far as Corn Dog recipies I found this
linked in another corn dog post. The post recommended the "Pronto Pups" version (46 reviews and 5 stars when I looked.)
There's also the Good Eats: Man Food
version from Food Network.
I'm going to try a sort of fusion between the two.
Right now the plan is to keep equal portions of corn meal and flour, and use buttermilk as in the Good Eats version, and use sugar and an egg as in the Pups version. Measurements and results to follow.
1 + 1/3 cups Corn meal (mine was self-rising)
1 + 1/3 cups Flour (All purpose)
2 tsp. Baking Powder (double acting)
1/4 tsp. Baking Soda.
1/3 cup Sugar
1 whole Egg
2 cups Buttermilk (produces a thick coating, use more liquid for thinner coating)
Pat dry Hot-dogs (or whatever) with a paper towel (or whatever) and roll in corn starch till lightly coated. Dip in batter and deep fry for about 3 minutes.
I used "bun-length" smoked sausages cut into thirds (small countertop electric fryer... it would just barely fit a whole hotdog on it's side, and won't immerse one vertically), dipped in batter and dropped in the fryer (no sticks). Gotta keep an eye on them cause they tend to float with one side up. Just knock it around until it either floats the other way up for a while or till evenly golden brown.
This recipe is not as sweet as some I've had (considering adding a tablespoon or three of honey to the mix) but I found it good nonetheless.