Classy Corn Dogs and Cheesy Jalapeno Mashed Potatoes

What girl doesn’t love summer? Sunglasses pushed back in our hair, different sundress for each day of the week, and of course our favorite pair of sandals lying by the front door… honestly it doesn’t get much better! Some of the funnest days I’ve ever had were spent at the summer fair…and nothing quite says summer like a corn dog right?? But these girls are a bit too sophisticated for just any old corn dog…so we gotta to find a way to dress our old friend up a bit. I mean a corn dog is CENTSIBLE for a low budget , but we need to make him fashionable enough to join us in the high life!

Classy Corn dog
Ingredients:
Italian sausage 1c flour 1c corn meal fine ground 1Tb baking powder 3Tb sugar 1egg 3/4-1c milk (batter should be thick) Bake sausage at 400* for 25 min. Mix all ingredients,  Insert sticks in sausage. Dip in batter and deep fry them just until they are golden brown ( your sausage will already be fully cooked because we baked them) You can use a large sauce pan. Be careful and have fun girls!!!
I had a lot of fun with mine! I even dipped, and fried string cheese also!
I served my corn dogs with a side of:
Bacon Jalapeno Mashed Potatoes
6 large red potatoes
half a stick of butter
2 tbsps whipping cream
4 strips of bacon
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
half a cup sour cream
4 cloves garlic chopped
2 jalapenos chopped
salt to tase
Cut potatoes in fourths, place in saucepan, cover in water and boil until tender. Meanwhile, cook bacon, crumble and set aside. Sautee garlic and jalapenos in 1 tbsp butter just until tender. When potatoes are tender drain water and place in mixing bowl, add remaining butter, whipping cream, sour cream, and salt. Mix until smooth. Now add the garlic and jalapenos and crumbled bacon!! Mix just until combined… try not to eat them all!

Creamy Cheesy Bacon-y Pockets

My brother, who is a genius with a grill and even better with the smoker, has recently been expanding his areas of expertise in the kitchen to include baking.  The moment I had the idea for these delicious pockets I knew he was the person to help make them.  Bacon and jalapenos are two of our favorite things, so it is only fitting that we should collaborate.  The result was amazing!  We hope you like them as much as we did!

Creamy Cheesy Bacon-y Pockets

6  strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
4  jalapenos, diced
1  8oz brick cream cheese, softened
1  tablespoon ranch dressing
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1  tube crescent rolls

Fry bacon over medium heat until crisp, remove from skillet and set aside to cool.  Drain most of bacon grease, leaving about 2 tablespoons in the skillet.  Leaving heat on medium, saute diced jalapenos for about 2 minutes, just until tender.  When bacon has cooled, dice it or place it in a plastic ziplock bag and pound it with a mallet.
Unroll crescent rolls from tube and lay on a cookie sheet.  Stretch the dough a little, be careful not to tear.
Mix softened cream cheese with ranch and garlic powder. Place about a tablespoon of cream cheese mixture on the wide part of each crescent roll.  Top with about 1/2 to 1 tsp each of bacon and jalapenos, depending on the size of the crescent roll and how much you were able to stretch it.  Bring all three corners of the crescent roll up to meet over the filling and twist together to seal. Press seams together (I dipped my fingertip in water and ran it down the seams to help seal them).  Top with crumbled bacon.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes, or until tops are golden.