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Multigenerational Fun Recipes: Simple Baked Corn Dogs

Home Care Rochester MN

Home Care Rochester MNMore adults than ever are in the Sandwich Generation; that is, the generation of people who are caring for both their children and their elderly parents. This gives these family caregivers the unique opportunity to devise a multigenerational approach to care. Rather than dividing up your time and efforts to fulfilling their needs separately, a multigenerational approach means bringing both generations together so that you can enjoy time with all of them at the same time, devote more time and effort to both groups, and allow the generations to benefit from time together.

One exceptional way to encourage your parents and your children to spend time together during your multigenerational home care journey is sending them into the kitchen together to create their own meals. With your supervision they can work together to follow a recipe, use basic cooking techniques, and enjoy the feel of accomplishment that comes from knowing they made something delicious together. As they cook, encourage your parents to share memories about cooking when they were younger or what they remember their parents and grandparents cooking for them when they were children.

This recipe takes a childhood favorite, corn dogs, and makes it healthier by eliminating the frying and adding reduced fat ingredients. This lets them enjoy flavors that they already know but with nutrition that makes you much happier serving it to all of your loved ones.


What You Will Need

  • 1 cup of reduced fat milk
  • 1 tablespoon of black sesame seeds
  • 1 large egg
  • 9 reduced fat hot dogs
  • 1/4 of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper or paprika
  • 1/4 of a teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 and 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting and kneading
  • 1 cup of fine yellow cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons of packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 1 package of active dry yeast
  • A sharp knife
  • A saucepan
  • A medium bowl
  • A wooden spoon
  • A large bowl
  • Plastic wrap
  • Small skewers
  • A large baking sheet


What to Do

  • Halve the hot dogs crosswise
  • Beat the egg and set aside
  • Add the milk to the saucepan and place over high heat
  • Heat to about 110 degrees
  • Remove from the heat and place in the medium bowl
  • Add the yeast into the milk
  • Let soften for about 2 minutes
  • Stir in olive oil, cornmeal and brown sugar using the wooden spoon
  • Add in the flour baking soda, salt and cayenne or paprika
  • Continue to stir until a sticky dough forms
  • Turn the dough out onto the floured surface
  • Knead the dough, adding flour if needed, until smooth but still tacky, around 5 minutes
  • Shape the dough into a ball
  • Oil a large bowl with olive oil
  • Place the dough ball into the large bowl and cover with plastic wrap
  • Allow to rise for about 45 minutes to an hour in a warm spot
  • It should have doubled in size when done
  • Insert a small skewer into each hot dog half
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F
  • Lightly oil a baking sheet
  • Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface
  • Divide into 18 pieces
  • Using your palms, roll each piece into a 10 inch length
  • Wrap each piece around a hot dog half
  • Tuck and press the edges to seal
  • Place the hot dogs on the baking sheet
  • Brush the dough wrapped hot dogs with the beaten egg
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds
  • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes until golden


If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional home care in Rochester MN, please contact the caring staff at Prairie River Home Care. Call today: 888-660-5772

Lori Seemann

Lori Seemann has a background in nurse management, hands-on critical care and business management. Her clinical expertise and knowledge of information systems had been instrumental in ensuring operational consistency in all branch offices. She led efforts that resulted in implementation of a new home care computer system that is utilized for staffing, scheduling, clinical records and billing. Lori continues to seek opportunities to improve caregiver productivity through nurse utilization of a unique point of care laptop computer system.