Octopus Dogs

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Serve these with potato chips or macaroni and cheese in the shape of seashells. You can use dots of mustard to make eyes if you like.

Difficulty: Easy

Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 15 minutes

Serves: 4


  • 2 quarts water
  • 4 all-beef hot dogs
  • 4 hot dog buns, split into 2 pieces and toasted
  • 1 Tbsp. catsup


  • To form the octopi out of hot dogs: working one at a time, cut hot dog in half crosswise. Hold the rounded end (the head of the octopus) of each hot dog in one hand and use a sharp knife to cut a slit about an inch from the "head" all the way through to the end. Rotate hot dog halfway around to make another slit. Each octopus should have 4 tentacles.
  • Heat water in a deep saucepan until boiling. Carefully drop in hot dogs and cook for about 5 minutes; remove and drain. The tentacles will separate and curl.
  • Add about at teaspoon of catsup to each bun and top with the hot dogs.