Pac-dots are the dots that Pac-man goes around munching. I used yellow cornmeal for this recipe, but you can also use white, depending on your preferred Pac-dot color.
You’ll need a mini muffin tin. You can try a regular-sized one, but the delicious meaty center will get lost in all that cornbread.
The original recipe comes from Iowa Girl Eats!
1/2 cup melted butter (or 1/4 cup butter + 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
8-10 hot dogs (beef, chicken, or turkey. I used turkey.)
Preheat oven to 375°F!
Whisk together butter and sugar. Add the eggs and buttermilk, whisk until everything is well blended.
In a separate bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients – baking soda, cornmeal (yellow or white), flour, and salt.
Add the dry ingredients to the first bowl and combine.
Slice a hot dog into 1″ bites. For the end pieces, take off the rounded tip (it’ll help the hot dog stand up the muffin tin.) For each hot dog, I had five 1″ slices.
Cut out a wedge of the 1″ hot dog piece. If you don’t want to throw out the wedges, you can add in those meaty bits into the last few muffin cups.
Spray the mini muffin tin with cooking spray. Spoon a tablespoon of batter into each mini muffin cup. Place one hot dog bite into the middle of each cup.
Bake for about 8-10 minutes, until the tops are golden brown. You can poke a muffin with a toothpick to test – if it comes out clean, they’re done.
Add ketchup. I used my favorite – Annie’s Organic Ketchup. Delicious!
These are best served warm. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator and re-heat for 20-30 seconds before serving.
Makes ~48 mini muffins.