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Hotdog Fun

January 21, 2015

My oldest daughter just asked me today when she could eat octopus.

“Really???” I say.

“Yes,” she says.

My brain clicks in and I realize what she is talking about…

Me, “Do you mean real octopus or hotdog octopus.”

“Hotdog octopus” she says.

“Alright! We’ll do it.”

 

1 package of mini chicken apple sausage

covered pyrex dish or glass bowl covered with Saran Wrap

 

Cut the sausages in half, halfway down the hotdog. (So it looks like you have a head and legs.) Starting in the same place, cut the sausage in half again so that you end up with “4 legs.”

 

Cut the hotdogs in half, half way down.

Cut the hotdogs in half, half way down.

I found it easiest to cut each of the “4 legs” in half again with a kitchen scissors. It was difficult to do that part with a knife because they are thin already.

 

Snip each of the 4 "legs" with a scissors to make 8.

Snip each of the 4 “legs” with a scissors to make 8.

Put them in a covered pyrex dish with about 1 tbsp of water. Cover and microwave for 3 minutes. If you do not have a covered pyrex dish, you can put them in a glass dish and cover it with Saran wrap.

 

cooking the octopus hotdogs in a pyrex

cooking the octopus hotdogs in a pyrex

Initially, when I tried this with a couple of hotdogs to see if it would work, I boiled them. Because the hotdog was cut open, it lost all of it’s taste without the casing to hold it in. That is why I went the pyrex route and don’t recommend boiling them.

 

When they come out of the microwave, shape them and stand them up to cool slightly. If they cool lying down, they will not stand up afterward.

 

Shape them to stand up while still hot.

Shape them to stand up while still hot.

Here are some other ideas for hot dog fun!

 

Hotdog “Bugs”

Stick long (uncooked)  pasta sticks through a mini hot dog to make "bugs."

Stick long (uncooked) pasta sticks through a mini hot dog to make “bugs.”

Break the pasta into pieces and thread uncooked spaghetti through the mini chicken apple sausage or hotdog.

Stick long (uncooked)  pasta sticks through a mini hot dog to make "bugs."

Stick long (uncooked) pasta sticks through a mini hot dog to make “bugs.”

 

Cooking the "bugs" in water.

Cooking the “bugs” in water.

 

Mini chicken apple sausage bugs.

Mini chicken apple sausage bugs.

In doing these again, I may use a thicker pasta for greater effect, but the kids loved them.

 

Mermaid Necklaces

We call these “mermaid necklaces.” My kids love them! They are so fun!

String long spaghetti on chunks of hotdog. The easiest way to do this is put 4 to 5 chunks of hotdogs next to each other and then thread the 4 to 5 pieces of spaghetti through the 4 to 5 hotdog pieces. After everything is threaded, spread out the hotdog pieces. Boil water in a pan and put all “mermaid necklaces” in the water. Cook until pasta is cooked.

Mermaid necklaces = hotdogs and pasta

Mermaid necklaces = hotdogs and pasta

How much fun is this?

Eating "mermaid necklaces is so fun!"

Eating “mermaid necklaces is so fun!”

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What are some fun ways you fix hotdogs for your kids?

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