Cubano Corn Dogs Recipe
- 1 cup (6 ounces) leftover pulled pork
- ¾ cup (5 ounces) deli ham, cut into ¼-inch cubes
- 2 slices Swiss cheese, cut into ¼-inch squares
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons dill relish
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- ¼ cup warm (not hot) water
- ¾ teaspoon unflavored gelatin
- ½ cup + 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
- 1 ½ cups cornmeal
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ? teaspoon cayenne
- 2 large eggs
- 1 ¼ cups well-shaken buttermilk
- 2 quarts peanut oil
- Yellow mustard for serving
- Pickle spears for serving
- 8 (2-ounce) popsicle molds
- 8 wooden sticks
- Deep-fat fryer OR 3-quart pot attached with an oil thermometer
- Mix shredded pork and next five ingredients (through Dijon mustard) in a medium bowl. Dissolve gelatin in warm water, and add to pork mixture; stir until combined.
- Fill popsicle molds with pork mixture, and insert a wooden stick into each one (if you don’t have molds, skip down to the bottom for alternative instructions). Cover and chill in refrigerator overnight or at least 8 hours.
- Whisk together cornmeal, ½ cup of the flour, vegetable oil, baking powder, sugar, salt, baking soda, and cayenne in a medium bowl. Add eggs and buttermilk; mix until smooth. Let stand for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat peanut oil to 350°F in a deep-fat fryer or a deep 3-quart pot over medium-high heat.
- Put remaining 3 tablespoons flour in a shallow dish. Unmold pork skewers, with a little help from a knife, and dredge each one in flour to coat, shaking off excess.
- Stir batter to recombine and fill a tall drinking glass almost to the top with batter. Working with one at a time, submerge pork in glass and twirl to coat with batter. Allow excess batter to drip off. Slowly dip it into the oil and fry, flipping occasionally, until golden-brown, 10-12 minutes. You can fry 2-3 skewers at a time. Transfer to a wire rack to drain. Between batches, return oil to 350°F and refill the glass with batter.
- Serve with mustard and pickle spears.