Good Dog

Don’t you love the irony surrounding the term “comfort food”? Typically and largely composed of simple or complex carbohydrates (think refined wheat, sugar, rice, etc.), how can anyone feel any comfort after noshing on say, fried ice-cream or butter-basted mac n’ cheese? I have a stomach-ache just thinking about it. I know “comfort food” is supposed to call to mind childhood memories and fun family get-togethers watching Sunday Night Football but so do those I-ate-too-much-junk belly pains. However, I refuse to accept that the two are mutually exclusive. So with the thrill of a Giants’ NFC Championship and SuperBowl status on the horizon this past weekend, I felt an obligation to create an equally exciting meal for the anxious football fans squirming on the sofa. Veggie chili has become so rote in my household that it borders on boring so instead I came up with the Good Dog corn dog. It’s a bite of tail-wagging good times but without the tummy-growling effects. I’m still a foe to fried food but every once in awhile it’s ok, especially if you’re frying it yourself and can control how much and what kind of oil you are using. To counter any oxidative effects from frying, I like to play it safe and offer a big leafy green salad and/or citrus slices on the side to gobble up the free-radicals. Release those hounds!

Ingredients:

Soy hot dogs (try Smart Dogs)

Organic wheat-free corn meal (try Hodgson Mill)

Multigrain pancake mix (choose a healthy variety like Trader Joe’s Multigrain Baking and Pancake Mix or something gluten-free)

Skewer sticks

High-heat oil (try grapeseed)

Mix 1/2 cup cornmeal and 1/2 cup of pancake mix with water according to directions and desired consistency. Skewer hot dog and coat well with mixture. Heat skillet with 1 TBSP oil and lightly fry battered dog, turning often to avoid the oil from smoking.

The corn dogs were devoured--and so were the 49ers!

For more belly-happy comfort foods, check out Gluten-Free Vegan Comfort Food: 125 Simple and Satisfying Recipes from Mac and Cheese to Chocolate Cupcakes, by Susan O’Brien–out on Amazon this month and just in time for the big game. http://www.amazon.com/Gluten-Free-Vegan-Comfort-Food-Satisfying/dp/0738214906

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