Calling kids of all ages (and all you H.P. Lovecraft fans) out there!
OK, so these are really silly.
And I should note that I didn’t invent these little suckers.
There’s a whole sub-culture dedicated to making cute food to put into Japanese-style bento box lunches, including hot dogs. (Check out the fabulous bento site Lunch in a Box for more info.)
Basically, you take a hot dog, cut him into an octopus shape with 8 little legs and a face, and deep fry him so he crisps up and his legs curl.
A Facebook fan also alerted me that there’s a very similar Mexican snack called salchipulpos.
It’s so easy, it’s kind of ridiculous.
I made a whole fleet of them this weekend.
I made mini octodogs.
And I made mega octodogs, with ridiculously curly tentacles.
I carved little faces in them. This one was kind of furious at being fried, right? (Whoops!)
And I definitely had fun playing with my food.
Use any kind of hot dog or sausage you like
I could see making massive octodogs with sections of kielbasa. This time, I used Hebrew National hot dogs, as part of the promotion and recipe development gig I’m working on right now. (Thanks, guys!)
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I definitely had a couple of casualties. (They were delicious, if a little mangled…)
The basic recipe
Slice most of your hot dog into 8 strips, leaving about an inch on the top for the head.
- For mini octodogs, use one half of a hot dog per octodog.
- For mega octodogs with long, curly tentacles, use a whole hot dog per octodog.
Deep fry one at a time (so their legs don’t tangle) at 330 degrees F for about 45 seconds, or until the meat is crisp and the legs are curled.
If you have beasts or little kids, they’ll probably be VERY interested in what you’re doing at this point. (Dexter supervised the frying.)
That’s it! Like I said: Simple.
4 hot dogs or sausages
Oil for deep frying
Yields 8 mini octodogs or 4 mega octodogs
Prep your octodogs
Grab your hot dogs. Have a couple extra on hand in case you screw up while you’re getting the hang of cutting the legs. It’s easy to slice off a tentacle.
Set them aside while you heat your oil for frying.
Fry the octodogs
Fill a small pot 1/2 – 2/3 full with oil. Set it on the stove over medium-high heat until it reaches about 330 degrees F.
Line a plate with paper towels and set it next to the stove to drain your finished octodogs.
When your oil is up to temperature, carefully lower one hot dog into the pot.
Fry them one at a time. This is important. If you do a couple at a time, they’ll cook just fine, but their legs can tangle and fuse together.
Fry them for about 45 seconds each, or until the meat is crisp and the legs have curled. When they’re done, remove them gently from the oil with tongs or a spider.
When your octodogs are done, set them on your paper-towel lined plate to drain.
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