Baked Cheddar Brat Corndogs

I’ve partnered with SocialStars and Johnsonville to take a classic street food to a whole
new level with these Baked Cheddar Brat Corndogs! #SausageFamily

Take this street food to a whole new level with these Baked Cheddar Brat Corndogs!I like old stuff.  I don’t know what it is, but I’ve always enjoyed rustic things.  Old wooden boxes?  Check.  Baseball cards?  Check.  Old comic books?  Check.  Old classic books?  Check.  Heck, I even love old languages and ancient history.  (In my pre-blog life, I taught Latin to 3rd-12th graders.)  I know some people might call this ‘clutter,’ but I love old stuff!  But now I have a new one to add to that list: an old family Bible.

A couple of years ago, my sister went on a quest to track down our relatives on our mother’s side of the family.  We believed they came from Scotland and perhaps England, but we weren’t entirely sure.  She went the whole nine yards and did the DNA test and all.  Then she started tracking birth records and calling distant relatives to piece together the family tree.  Pretty awesome project!

Take this street food to a whole new level with these Baked Cheddar Brat Corndogs!And then just last week, she got a call out of the blue from one of those distant relatives.  (I think it was our grandmother’s brother’s daughter…which makes her our first cousin once removed.)  She said she had an old family Bible, and her children didn’t want it.  She offered to mail it to my sister, and of course my sister jumped at the chance.  We had no idea what to expect, but needless to say we were blown away when this Bible arrived in the mail.

Family-Bible1The family Bible was published in the mid-1800’s, and we have to use white gloves when handling it.  It’s at least 5″ thick, and it’s bound by large metal clamps.  I’m fairly certain this was the book Harry Potter used.  (Ok, I haven’t actually seen any of the Harry Potter movies…but this Bible looks like something right off a magician’s bookshelf!  All we need now is a wand.)  All jokes aside, I’m really happy that the family Bible is safe and secure now.  It’s full of hand-written notes, and there was even a ‘gift certificate’ (of sorts) stuck in between the pages for 5¢ of produce at a market in Utah.  (It was dated in the 1980’s…back when 5¢ meant something!  Also, I didn’t realize we ever had family in Utah.)

Family-Bible2But enough talk about old books and stuff.  What are you guys up to this weekend?  We’re planning on watching the Opening Ceremonies of the Rio games tonight with our neighbors.  When hanging out to watch sports, it’s all about delicious food that’s easy to eat.  Laura and I chatted about what to make for dinner, and she reminded me of baked corndogs.  We haven’t made these in years, but it sounded like a fun idea for the group.

Take this street food to a whole new level with these Baked Cheddar Brat Corndogs!I took these baked corndogs to a whole new level and used brats instead of hot dogs.  Johnsonville’s Cheddar Brats, to be more specific.  We love tossing these brats on the grill, so we figured they’d be just as tasty inside a corndog, too.  Success!  These Baked Cheddar Brat Corndogs (cornbrats?) turned out amazing.  (Of course, I had to do a trial run earlier this week to make sure they tasted good.)  I served these with my go-to spicy Cajun dipping sauce.  The sauce isn’t hard to prepare, but a good brown mustard would also make for an excellent dipping sauce here, too.

Take this street food to a whole new level with these Baked Cheddar Brat Corndogs!Bonus: Did you know that National Bratwurst Day Day is coming up on August 16th?  We’re celebrating our Bratsgiving a little early tonight, but there’s still time to plan your Bratsgiving!  Plus, you can share your Bratsgiving with Johnsonville for a chance to win a Bratsgiving holiday bundle of fun!  Just visit johnsonville.com/bratsgiving and enter who you’d most like to spend Bratsgiving with and why.  (Contest entries due by Aug. 12.)

Take this street food to a whole new level with these Baked Cheddar Brat Corndogs!Happy (early) Bratsgiving!  I hope you guys have an awesome weekend full of delicious food!

Take this street food to a whole new level with these Baked Cheddar Brat Corndogs!

Baked Cheddar Brat Corndogs

Take this street food to a whole new level with these Baked Cheddar Brat Corndogs!
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Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Rising Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 478kcal

Ingredients

For the Corndogs

  • ¾ cup milk
  • Tbsp olive oil
  • tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • tsp baking powder
  • 3 Tbsp chives finely chopped
  • 1 19-oz. package Johnsonville Cheddar Brats (5 links)
  • 1 large egg
  • 5 wooden skewers

For the Cajun Dipping Sauce

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • Tbsp cream-style horseradish sauce
  • ½ Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp dill pickle juice
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper

Instructions

  • Using a countertop mixer, add milk, olive oil, yeast, brown sugar and cornmeal. Mix on low speed until well combined.
  • Add flour, salt, baking powder and chives. Mix on low speed until well combined.
  • Increase speed to medium and mix for 4-5 minutes, or until a smooth dough forms. (Note: If dough is sticky, just add more flour 1 Tbsp at a time until dough pulls away from side of mixing bowl.)
  • Transfer dough into a large, oiled bowl. Cover and place in a warm location for 45 minutes, or until dough has doubled in size.
  • Meanwhile, using either olive oil or cooking spray, lightly grease a medium skillet. Place sausage in skillet and cook over medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes, turning occasionally.
  • Add ½ cup of water to skillet, cover and reduce heat to simmer. Cook for 12-13 minutes, or until sausages are fully cooked. Remove from skillet and set aside to cool.
  • Once cooled, insert wooden skewer into sausage; set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Spray a parchment-lined sheet pan with baking spray; set aside.
  • Turn dough out onto lightly-floured countertop. Divide dough into 10 pieces (~2 oz. each).
  • Working with one piece of dough at a time, roll dough into a 10” long piece. Wrap two pieces of dough around each of the skewered sausages, pinching edges lightly to seal dough. Place on prepared sheet pan. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • In a small dish, whisk together egg with 1 Tbsp of water. Brush tops of corndogs with the egg wash.
  • Bake at 450°F for 13-15 minutes, or until golden brown in color.
  • Serve with mustard or Cajun dipping sauce.

For the Cajun Dipping Sauce

  • Using a small bowl, combine all ingredients and whisk together until well combined. (Tip: This Dipping Sauce will taste better if you make it earlier in the day and then cover it and place it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.)

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26 Comments

    1. These corndogs were totally delicious, Dawn…and even more fun because they were baked! And yes, that family Bible is insane. My sister and I didn’t even know it existed until a couple of weeks ago. Crazy stuff!

  1. Hi David! We just had brats with peppers and onions, but now you’ve got me wanting brats again! I always had to have at least one corndog (usually two) when I went to the fair. What a wonderful gift of the bible! It is a treasure too pass on to future generations.

    1. Brats with peppers and onions is a classic, Dorothy! I was actually wondering if there was a way to include some peppers and onions with these cornbrats, but I decided it probably wouldn’t work. That’s ok though because the cornbrats themselves turned out quite well! 🙂 And yes, that family Bible is totally a treasure that we will keep safe. My sister and I couldn’t believe it when it showed up in the mail!

  2. My uncle looked into our family tree on my fathers side and the things that came up were just incredible. That bible looks amazing – such a lovely thing to have! Your baked cheddar brat corndogs almost look too perfect to be home made. Certainly the perfect recipe for National Bratwurst Day 😉

    1. I know! It’s so fun digging back into your family history. Things you thought you knew are challenged, and then things you had no idea about pop up in there, too. I just wish it was easier to trace family roots, ya know? And yes, these cornbrats turned out quite tasty…perfect fare for watching the Rio Games! Thanks, Miriam! 🙂

  3. I have always thought sausages and dough (bread) are meant to be together, and I am super excited you’ve posted these beautiful pictures today (I would be even more excited if you had sent me a few corndogs…but I guess no hope again?) I do like some old things too (well perhaps, which is why my major at the university was history and archives), and this Bible looks gorgeous! Check it carefully once again – hopefully you’ll find a few bonds published in the 1880th – that would be great, eh?

    1. Hey, hey, hey…you gotta give me advance warning on the shipment of cornbrats, Ben! I could’ve saved you a couple…or one…or, well, maybe you should’ve just come down here. 🙂 I didn’t realize you were a history major…fun! Yeah, we still need to go through the bible page-by-page. Can you imagine finding a real bond in there? Hah!

  4. That is SO cool about the family Bible! I eat that stuff up. My maternal side came here in 1609 and I want to research to go back further. I think for my dad’s side I’ll have to go to Spain to look through the baptism and marriage records to figure them out.
    I guarantee Zach would eat every single one of these corndogs. And then ask for more :p

    1. Woah…1609! That’s serious right there. It sure would be fun to dig back and find out more about your ancestors…and hey, a trip to Spain would be totally ok, right? It’s for research!! 🙂

  5. David this is GENIUS!!I mean seiously I never thought to wrap these in such a delicious dough and bake!! I can easily eat a good amount all by myself!! Hope you are having a fun weekend 🙂

  6. That bible could be useful. You need to test it, though. Latch it shut, then, as you wave one of your cheddar brats over it, recite one or more of its verses. If it flings itself open, immediately consume the brat and see what kind of superpower manifests itself.

    1. I like the way you think, Jeff. I think that bible could indeed contain superpowers…and when combined with cornbrats, well, that superpower would just transmogrify into something awesome. Think about it…I could be the Flying Corndog Man! I’m adding that one to my life goal list right now. 🙂

    1. Yeah, Courtney and I were both like “woah!” when this arrived in the mail. Well, really, she was like “woah” and then she Facetimed me to show me…and then I was like “woah.”

      10 cornbrats coming right up, mate! See you soon!

  7. Oh wow – what a cool story about that family bible and your sister’s genealogy tracking! Funny how Bibles have a way of being re-united with long lost family members, one lady at our church just recently mentioned finding an old, old, old bible at Goodwill and she ended up looking up the people who the Bible supposedly belonged too – and, long story short, ended up traveling to Cali to return it back to them!
    Btw – I had no clue that National Bratwurst Day Day is on August 16th – now I have a delicious Brats recipe to celebrate it with! Cheers friend! Wish I had seen this post on Friday – then I would’ve remembered to tune into the Olympics! I snoozed and lost! Uh-oh! 🙂

    1. Say what? That bible from Goodwill was actually their own bible? What a crazy story! Yes, both Courtney and I were stunned when we found out about this family bible. So much good history written down in that thing! 🙂

      Oh no, you missed the Games this weekend? That’s ok, it was mostly preliminary rounds…there’s plenty more fun coming this week! Hope you got some good z’s in at least!

  8. Wow!! What an amazing piece of history for your family!! I can’t imagine anyone not wanting to keep that Bible! I would be so pumped to have such a great family record! And those brats!! My daughter LOVES corndogs, like she is obsessed with them, but she only ever gets them when we are out and about. I never even thought to make them for her at home. And these sound so good that I think the rest of the family would enjoy them as well! I’m saving this recipe for later!

    1. I know! Both my sister and I were so surprised when she got the call about the family Bible. Of course we jumped at the chance to keep it safe for another generation or two. 🙂

      You should totally make baked corndogs at home. They’re incredibly fun. We’ve made these a number of times over the past few years, and they’re always a family favorite. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, Alaina!

  9. Hi, I love corn dogs too but I’m confused, the photos show a whole brat with a skewer but the recipe says to cut the brats in half and skewer each half. I want to make these and I don’t want to mess them up, so, help please.

    1. Hey Marjory! Oh gosh…you caught an error in the recipe. I originally intended on cutting these brats in half to make half-corndogs…but then I went with whole brats once I made them. I just totally forgot to update the recipe! I am so sorry to cause confusion. You could honestly do this one either way…but the whole brats were a hit in our house! 🙂 (I just updated the recipe to remove the ‘cut in half’ part…I hope that makes more sense now!) Let me know if you have any questions…and I do hope you enjoy these as much as we do! Thanks so much!

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