Octopus Weenies

Today we're making an eye-catching buffet item that'll have your guests rubbing their eyes in disbelief. No, our fun little friends are not real baby octopuses, but you can use hot dogs and a tasty batter to create the perfect party snack. All it takes is a few simple steps!

You'll Need (for 8):

  • 4 hot dogs
  • ⅓ cup corn meal
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 hard-boiled egg
  • mayonnaise
  • black olives

Here's How:

  1. Cut the hot dogs in half and make vertical slices in the round ends to create 6 octopus legs.
  2. Whisk the corn meal, flour, egg, milk, baking powder, and salt until smooth. Then mix in the ketchup.
  3. Dip the intact parts of the hot dogs in the batter and fry the entire octopuses in hot cooking oil. The cut ends of the hot dogs will start to spread out in the hot oil. If the octopuses' heads are too small after frying, dunk them back in the batter and fry them again until their heads are the right size.
  4. For the finishing touch, use a straw to make circles from thin slices of egg and use some mayonnaise to attach the egg eyes to the octopus heads. Cut out pupils and mouths from the black olives to finish off the faces.

You can even give your octopuses a funny haircut with mustard. Just be sure to eat up all your little octopuses before they disappear off into the deep blue sea!


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