Whether they're called hot dogs, wieners, or franks, most kids seem to love these all-American treats. But instead of simply placing in the ubiquitous bun, you can turn the hot dog into a fun shape, such as an octopus. Children get a big kick out of this simple recipe, and you can add side dishes and other ingredients to create an under-the-sea experience on the plate.
- 1 hot dog
Gather the ingredients.
Slice the hot dog in half lengthwise, leaving 2 inches connected at one end.
Roll the hot dog 90 degrees, and slice again in half lengthwise, leaving the 2 inches connected at one end. You should now have four legs for the octopus.
Cut each of the four legs in half. This is where a sharp knife is essential because the legs can be thin and fragile with some types of hot dogs.
Place the hot dog on a microwave-safe plate and spread out the legs. Microwave on high for 30 to 40 seconds. The arms will get curly and the head will plump. You can also cook the hot dog in a steamer basket until heated through, being sure to spread out the legs before steaming.
- For the hot dog, you can choose from any meat such as pork, beef, chicken, or turkey weiners, and even vegetarian franks.
- Serve the hot dog octopus over baked beans, easy macaroni and cheese, or scrambled eggs.
- Steamed green vegetables or a fresh salad can become ocean vegetation and coral, creating an under-water setting.
- Zoodles or green-tinted ramen can act as seaweed, the perfect bed for the octopus to sit on.
- For the ideal presentation, place the octopus upright, spreading the legs out to surround the head. You can even use a little yellow mustard to create a smiling face.