This is a simple way to amaze your kids at lunch time and get them excited about eating. A little creativity will make you a hero in the kitchen or by the BBQ.
Also see how to be a breakfast hero
It all starts with simple hot dogs.
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Step 1: The cuts
Everyone knows that when you cook a hot dog, it swells up. Enough swelling and it splits open. We can control these splits by making our own cuts through the skin.
I would advise caution in holding the knife as I do. You could use an exacto knife or wrap a bit of masking tape around some of the blade to protect your hand.
Experiment with the depths of the cuts as the deeper cuts equal more splitting
Step 2: Before cooking
Here are some examples of designs you could try. The last one is my favorite but I have to admit the idea is not mine (It came from a friend) The octopus only has four legs so it is really a quadropus but if you try to cut 8 legs I find they curl too much and don't look good.
Step 3: Cooked
Here they all are ready to eat. We don't normally hide them in buns but who am I to tell you how to eat a hot dog?
Step 4: The Payoff
This is why I do it!