Octopus Hot Dogs Recipe (Tasty Tuesday)

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Tasty Tuesday Recipe

This was an idea I saw on Pinterest way back at Halloween time, and for whatever reason, I didn’t get around to making it then. Like all moms I’m sure I just ran out of time and by the time I noticed, we were talking turkey and dressing. There are a few reasons I love finding cute and fun ideas on Pinterest and blogging about them!

First, I get to try some amazingly adorable ideas and share them with my family. Then I get to tell all of you about them. I know many of you are Pinterest addicts just like me, but I also realize that you may not have the time to search pin after pin and board after board. Even boards I follow sometimes have recipes, projects, and ideas added to them and I don’t see them until days or weeks later. It is such a vast collection that I think it is very easy to miss something.

These Octopus Hot Dogs are great for lunch, after school snack, or a party. I can’t wait to make them again on our annual beach vacation this summer. Alex will be thrilled to eat a ocean inspired lunch while sitting on the balcony watching the waves roll in! I hope you enjoy all the ideas I share with you from Pinterest and maybe I’m even saving you a little time because, let’s face it, hours slip away FAST when you are pinning away!

-Krista, Everyday Mom’s Meals

Octopus Hot Dogs

Octopus Hot Dogs Recipe

What you need:
2-3 hot dogs

What you do:

  • In a large pot, bring water to a boil.
  • Cut each hot dog in the middle to make 2 shorter ones from each.
  • Using a very sharp knife, cut each short piece in center on each side making 2 large legs, about 1/2-inch from the top. Then cut each “leg” into 4 skinnier legs, making 8 total. Be sure to use a sharp knife because these will be very fragile.
  • Once the water is boiling, carefully place hot dogs in and cook 2-3 minutes. The legs will curl a little bit.
  • When done, carefully remove with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel to drain.
  • Serve with ketchup and mustard if desired.
  • To add facial features, place about 1 tsp ketchup into a small plastic bag. Using scissors, but the smallest tip you can from the end. Squeeze to decorate.
  • For extra fun, add a few shark or fish fruit snacks to the plate! The kids will love it!

Have you ever made Octopus Hot Dogs? Do you have any other ideas for making simple foods fun for kids?


    • says

      Kecia~ Anything mom’s can do to get their kids to eat is a good idea! I think if food is more fun, kids are totally more “into it”. Another tip I always give moms who ask me how to get their little ones to be more adventurous w/ food, “Get them into the kitchen w/ you!” Have him help you as much as he can for his age. For these, he could easily decorate the faces! I think if kids help cook their food, the sense of accomplishment makes them want to try it even more!
      Krista@EverydayMom’sMeals recently posted..Another Pinterest Find

  1. says

    I find the CUTEST stuff to pin on your site! I really appreciate it. My hubby works in a special ed room and they do a lot of ‘cooking’projects. You have no idea how much these posts help! I am always looking for things he can do with the students, and you are like my go to girlie these days!!! <3
    Sara recently posted..Mommy Guilt

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