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« on: August 17, 2011 05:49:36 AM »

Yep! You read that right! Smiley Adults (especially men) and children love this. Makes sure it is a surprise though. Then you can see their faces when they try to comprehend what you have made. Cheesy See if they can figure out how you made it!



All you need is a package of  your favorite hot dogs, kielbasa, turkey dogs, etc. and 1 package of spaghetti noodles. Can use whole wheat pasta.

*Bring to boil a large pot of water.
*Cut your hot dogs, kielbasa, etc. into large bite size pieces.
*Stick your raw spaghetti noodles through the raw hot dog pieces in various places. Try not to have it coming out the other side. Cause we all know octopus don't have tentacles from their head. Wink
*Place the octopus hot dogs into the boiling water. Cook until the hot dogs are ready to eat. Add an additional cooking time of 5 minutes to ensure that the spaghetti in the center of the hot dog is well cooked, too.
You can add pasta sauce, ketchup or whatever your family would like. Add a salad and this is an easy and fun dinner.

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! Such a hoot when your family sees these things! Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2011 06:15:00 AM »

Haha, clever clever.   Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2011 06:16:22 AM »

oh my gosh, that is such a flippin' trip! From the pic you really have no idea this is food and edible, then, boom, it's hot dogs and spaghetti, I have got to make this sometime.
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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2011 06:33:13 AM »

What a fun dish! Cheesy

I can see making it with Italian sausage and adding a light marinara sauce for an easy summer dinner!
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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2011 06:52:56 AM »

Too cute! I featured these "octopus" ("octopusses"? "octopi?") on Craftster's Facebook page today. Thanks for sharing.  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2011 06:59:21 AM »

haha Cheesy I'll defo cook these for my boyfriend and bro!
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« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2011 07:13:54 AM »

Thanks all! If you can have a camera handy, the expressions on your families faces is so funny!
Too cute! I featured these "octopus" ("octopusses"? "octopi?") on Craftster's Facebook page today. Thanks for sharing.  Smiley
Awww! Thanks racky! Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2011 07:17:15 AM »

really cute. i also do hot dog octopus, but not quite like this, for kids. it doesn't result in 8 legs, but it's still fun. leaving a couple inches at the top for the head, make 2 verticle cuts the rest of the way down. when you boil them, the "legs" curl up. when they're done, i use a toothpick to make eyes. and then serve with ketchup.
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« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2011 07:26:03 AM »

These are HILARIOUS!!! Very clever too.  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2011 07:50:15 AM »

We LOVE these!!! in fact, its one of the ways we got my daughter eating something other then just plain spaghetti again. we also toss with salsa and feta cheese!
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« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2011 08:13:21 AM »

My husband is going to be so surprised when I make dinner some night. Maybe I can get my boy to eat some meat as well. Thanks for this. I love the other hotdog octopus recipe. Maybe I could combine the two to make something magical. Love this.

ETA: I made this tonight. The family was happy. Toddler pick it up and waved it around with us, which is the most we have really gotten him to do with meat. Husband cheered up a bit. Thanks for posting!
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« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2011 08:34:19 AM »

I mad some of these recently, my daughter went ape for them. so cute!
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« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2011 11:34:23 AM »

I wanted you to know that I made these tonight for my kids (3years and 2years) using frankfurters, my kids normally wont eat these (not cos they dont like them but just cos they dont like the look of them i guess) yet tonight i've never seen dinner disappear so fast!

so thanks Smiley my kids loved em Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: August 19, 2011 12:20:26 PM »

Glad you all liked it! Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2011 03:51:08 PM »

The FSM would approve of these. Wink
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« Reply #15 on: August 19, 2011 07:51:53 PM »

My 3 yo daughter and I made these today, and sprinkled parmesean on them. Also we used the multi-coloured spaghetti because we love rainbow foods!
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« Reply #16 on: August 19, 2011 08:14:39 PM »

I'm adding veggie dogs to my shopping list so we can try these.  I can't wait to try this for my niece and nephews Grin
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« Reply #17 on: August 20, 2011 02:52:26 PM »

Yup, hot dogs just went on the shopping list here. I'll try it this week, for sure Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: August 20, 2011 06:26:20 PM »

My 3 yo daughter and I made these today, and sprinkled parmesean on them. Also we used the multi-coloured spaghetti because we love rainbow foods!
Sounds like some yummy alterations.

Glad everyone is trying this and making it their own with fun changes. Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: August 20, 2011 07:41:19 PM »

My boys love this!
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« Reply #20 on: August 23, 2011 07:08:02 PM »



yumyum!
I just made these with kielbasa (my favorite, since I was a kid when we would have kielbasa and kraft mac)
My boyfriend was surprised to see them and thought it was hilarious that they were "octopi"
I had 'em plain, but I'm really looking forward to trying these all sorts of ways with different meats and sauces and toppings. Brainstorming for Mexican style octopi with some delicious taco cheese :}

Definitely a keeper for dinner Smiley A+
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« Reply #21 on: August 28, 2011 04:07:57 PM »

Awesome!  I can't even imagine what other creative foods your family gets to eat every night.  With all the rave reviews, maybe you should gather some other recipes and make a book  Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: August 30, 2011 02:38:09 PM »

These would be great for my family's yearly Halloween Party!  Great idea.
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« Reply #23 on: August 30, 2011 04:45:14 PM »

These would be great for my family's yearly Halloween Party!  Great idea.
They would be cool for that also! Glad everyone is having fun with this. Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: August 30, 2011 06:15:54 PM »

Showed this to my boyfriend, and he requested I make them. No joke. It's true! A man-pleaser! Maybe this will become the next "engagement chicken."
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« Reply #25 on: August 30, 2011 07:15:11 PM »

Love it.  I've made the other kind of hot dog octopus by cutting the bottom into 8ths, but this looks like even more fun.
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What an adorable idea! My niece and nephew would love these!
Maybe I could actually get them to eat lunch now Tongue
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« Reply #27 on: November 12, 2011 08:11:39 PM »

awesome!! im definetly trying this!! Smiley
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« Reply #28 on: November 28, 2011 06:06:17 PM »

the kids will love this during their Christmas party. What a clever idea fun and educational at the same time.burppppppppp. Grin
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« Reply #29 on: November 29, 2011 04:27:38 AM »

Thanks all! Enjoy! Smiley
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« Reply #30 on: November 30, 2011 07:26:51 PM »

Okay, so I ask HSG if I could do a tutorial on this on my blog and she said, sure! as long as I link back to the original post and Craftster, so I did! To see it please go here to my blog!! Smiley

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i realize this was posted months ago, but i have to ask just in case you might read this, how did u come up with this idea?!  it is so bizarre, so cool, so random! i love it, pretty syked to try it out, but I'm dying to know, did u come up with this on your own, if so how? any inspiration behind it? or did u see it somewhere else and figure it out? I'm just amazed - so creative! Cheesy
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« Reply #32 on: December 17, 2011 05:18:30 PM »

Saw a picture online one day and thought it looked funny. So I tried to duplicate the pic. And this was the result. Smiley
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« Reply #33 on: December 18, 2011 12:31:13 AM »

Well, I finally made these silly things. I've been dying to try them out on my grandson. They said they were coming over so I got busy so they would be ready for him when he arrived. Oh well, they didn't come but hubby and I had a nice giggle eating some. Gave some to our cats which was way more fun. Their reactions were hilarious and worth the effort. Thank you for sharing.
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« Reply #34 on: December 18, 2011 04:00:34 AM »

Oh, I'm sorry. What happened that they did not turn out?
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Oh HSG, the Dogtopus came out great. My GS didn't show up.....and as I type they have just arrived.lol. My life.
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« Reply #36 on: December 18, 2011 10:31:26 AM »

LOL! Okay, glad they turned out and were eaten. Wink
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« Reply #37 on: December 18, 2011 11:21:09 AM »

Lol. Thank you, but I do still plan to surprise grandson with these.
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« Reply #39 on: January 23, 2012 03:00:59 PM »

Congrats, HSG!! This project is both silly and absolutely brilliant Smiley.
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Congratulations!!! I loved doing this if only for the reactions. Thanks for sharing and bringing a huge smile to the faces of my family.
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LOL I love it.  What a surprise.  This is such a great idea.
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« Reply #43 on: June 21, 2012 09:43:48 AM »

Cool! Cheesy I'll try
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