School is almost out, and that means our family will be traveling and camping more. This past weekend we took a trip to watch our favorite baseball team, and we brought along a cooler full of snacky meals. We usually try and take food with us on trips, to avoid lots of processed foods, to save money, and because our family has some food intolerances. These muffins can be a snack or a meal, and we call them Pigs in Corn Muffins. They’re great for camping or car trips, and are gluten free.
Usually we have plenty of bratwurst in our freezer from pigs we raise ourselves, however, our freezer’s running low right now, so I bought 100% beef, nitrate-free hot dogs. Cheap hot dogs are the quintessential mystery meat, but whatever kind suits your family’s tastes and budget will work.
Cook hot dogs completely, then cut into bite sized pieces. Make cornbread batter–mix 2 cups of cornmeal, 1 3/4 cups of milk, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 2 Tablespoons of melted butter, 2 eggs and 1 Tablespoon of honey in a large bowl.
Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners, and spoon 1 Tablespoon of batter into each liner. Place 4 small cut pieces of hot dog on top, then top with a heaping Tablespoon of batter. Cupcake liners should be about 3/4 full. Two Tablespoons of ground meat with or without sloppy joe sauce is also a great substitution if you’re not a fan of hot dogs or brats.
Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, and check with a toothpick to ensure they’re baked all the way though. These worked really well for our family–the boys love them, and the muffins are easily transported in a covered dish down in our cooler. Great side snacks to add are: dried apple chips, fruit leather, and sliced veggies with hummus.
I don’t like using lots of disposable paper, but the cupcake liners give a little bit more germ protection when you’re out in public and the hands of your little ones may not be as clean as you hope.
What are some of your go to snacks to take on the road?
- 1 package of hotdogs
- 2 cups of cornmeal
- 1¾ cups of milk
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 2 Tablespoons of melted butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 Tablespoon of honey
- cook hotdogs and cut into bite sized pieces
- mix together remaining ingredients in a large bowl
- place cupcake liners in muffin tin and spoon 1 Tablespoon of batter into each one
- place four pieces of hot dog in each liner, then top with a heaping Tablespoon of batter
- liners should be no more than ¾ full
- bake at 350 for 20 minutes