You want four words to describe The Homesteading Housewife's Corn dog dressing bake? How about " Om nom nom nummy!!!!" This was so good that after one bite Blockette exclaimed with a full mouth, "Mommy, you gotta make this again!" The kid was right. It's darn good. The sage makes it savory, but there is a scant amount of sugar that gives it just the right amount of sweet for balance. The hot dogs are chopped and browned in a skillet before adding them to the casserole. Never ever skip this step. It doesn't add that much time to the meal prep, but adds all kinds of caramelized crispy goodness.
The only thing I changed about this recipe was halving it and baking it in a 8x8 pan. I learned from my previous mistake with the baked ziti. A 9x13 pan of anything is just too much for us to eat without getting sick of it. The halved recipe was a great amount for us. There was enough for one meal and leftovers. Next time I think I will add a bit of corn. Mrblocko suggested adding a bit of mustard, powdered or prepared. I think he was on to something. I'll be experimenting with that next time around.
Corn Dog Dressing Bake from the Homesteading Housewife
1 cup celery, chopped finely
1 large onion, chopped finely OR 1 heaping cup of sliced green onion
2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
2 pounds (2 packages) Hot Dogs.
two 8.5 oz. packages Corn Bread Mix (I love Jiffy Brand!)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons rubbed sage
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Preheat oven to 400F. In a skillet, combine celery, onions & butter. Saute for 5 min. Pour into a large bowl. Cut hot dogs into fourths lengthwise. Then cut each hot dog strip into 4 pieces. Pour hot dog pieces into the same skillet you used for the celery/onion mixture, saute hot dog pieces for 5 min or until lightly browned. Add browned hot dog pieces into the celery/onion mixture bowl. In another large bowl, combine; eggs, milk, sugar, sage, & pepper. Add 1/2 hot dog/celery mix ans 1 1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese, into the milk mix. Stir in the corn bread mix.Spread mixture in 13x9 baking dish. Top with remaining half of hot dog/celery mix. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 c cheese over top. Bake, uncovered,35 min, til knife inserted in center comes out clean.