Introduction: Finger Food

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Rated PG, pretty gross, may cause you to toss your cookies...If eating a hot dog itself was not bad enough, this is worse.

For the ultimate gross out meal, nothing like finding body parts in your meal. Human or otherwise. Instead of serving chicken fingers, serve real finger food. The butcher was probably not paying attention and whacked his hand with a meat cleaver when I ordered this cold cut or the deli-man accidentally decapitated a few digits off in the meat slicer. You can expand on this and make Frank and Beans with Frank in the beans... Adults can make their version of beanie weenie with this.

This was concocted while raiding the fridge for a midnight snack. With a bit of easy preparation, you can create your own identifiable remains for your ghoulish feast. Just beware of the zombies that are looking for their missing digits.

Enjoy with a ghoulish Halloween Egg Cream

Step 1: What's in a Meat Pie?

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For this you will need:

- some frozen french fries (aka Freedom Fries, you know, pommes frites)

- some hot dogs, preferably the ones with skins or casing, but any type frankfurter will do. A bit harder to find, but they do sell the monster size Polish-sausage type red-hots. I have not tried this with Italian sausage, kielbasa, chorizo, or bratwurst but it should also give the same effect.

- some frozen prepared buffalo-style chicken wings or fried chicken wings

- a bit of butcher's twine or cotton string or clean thread

- a bit of aluminum foil

- Optional: a can of vegetarian beans in tomato sauce or whatever variety/flavor if you want a full entree. A can of beans with that slab of pork fat works also.

- blood-like condiments, catsup, ketchup or tomatoe sauce

Step 2: Manicure and Pedicure

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Take a part of a frozen french fry. You can shape it like a fingernail or just find a small piece that is pointy on one end and blunt at the other. Cut a slit or pocket into the end of the hot dog where a fingernail would be.

Take the point of the knife and create a pilot hole to insert or stuff the french fry into the hot dog. Be careful not to bulge the hot dog too much so that you end up ripping the skin. Dig out some more meat if you need room to fit the french fry.

Step 3: Diggity Dawg

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Take a hot dog and break it in half. You want a ragged edge. You can also break it 1/3 of the way down. One part can be a toe and the other part can be a part of the finger.

To create a finger, wrap a small piece of aluminum foil around the hot dog. Tie a string around where the joints of the finger should be. The foil will ensure you do not cut into the hot dog and break the skin.

Compress the hot dog slightly as you tie the string. When it cooks, the hot dog will take a more natural shape and give you a ridge at the finger joint. We will cook the dog with the string on and cut them after they are cooked.

For hors' d'oeuvres, you can just bake them till heated through and browned in a toaster oven. You can also take a big pot and bring your batch of beans to a simmer. Gently place the "fingers and toes" into the pot and let them heat through with the beans. Baste with liquid and beans in the pot.

Step 4: Got a Bone to Pick?

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Cut off the strings and remove foil before serving. You can mash the french fry down to form a better fingernail shape.

The chicken wings should be frozen prepared kind where they require short cooking or just reheating. Have the chicken wings defrosted so you can work with them easier. Don't do this with fresh chicken parts unless you intend to fully cook them on the side or with the beans later.

It probably is best to just use the drummette portion of the wing, the one with a single bone.

After cooking, peel or rip off most of the meat surrounding the bone, just be sure to remove any signs of chicken skin. This will allow you to skewer or insert the bone into the end of the hot dog.

For the fingers, jam in a chicken bone in the ragged end of the hot dog.

Step 5: Can Someone Please Lend a Hand?

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Garnish with your blood-like condiments, Serve with a big helping of Muuuuuuhhahhahhahahhhahahh!

You can also bake with pastry dough strips wrapped around body parts and apply red sauce to look like bandages.

Or have fingers sticking out of your mom's pumpkin pie.

Hand pie, anybody?

Serve grilled with grill marks for those especially deviant. Enjoy!


BLASTFEMI (author)2014-10-21

OMG! This is over the top grosser than my 'finger food' Vienna sausages! And by grosser I mean Awesome!!!

susanchen2011 (author)2012-07-21

It looks very delicious.

tinker234 (author)2012-03-30

i am a vegetarian so i cant use meat could i use a vegetarian substitute like morning star farms sausage links thanks

caitlinsdad (author)tinker2342012-03-30

You should try. I guess you might need to brown it more so it looks more burnt fleshlike, regular hot dogs have that red nitrate color thing going on.

tinker234 (author)caitlinsdad2012-03-31


tfrench (author)2011-08-28

Halloween is so awesome and this would make a great addition to a creepily fabulous party- these rock!

CynicalStick (author)2008-11-13

I really don't think you need them to be finger-shaped. Hot dogs are nasty enough.

caitlinsdad (author)CynicalStick2008-11-13

Was that being cynical or sarcastic? :)

bluelantern (author)caitlinsdad2010-10-30


Haha, I accidentally read that as "cyntastic".

it would work too,haha.

I saw this and thought, "Wow, what an evil title." As it turns out, that was intentional. This scares me more than that sailor's eyebrows.

merseyless (author)2008-10-24

btw when they translated "finger licken good" into chinese they ended up with "eat your fingers off" lolz

freakyqwerty (author)merseyless2010-11-27

Yeah well when I put "finger licking good" in to this sort of trasnslator lots of times i got;
"With me Leccato of the finger gave his him of the luxury"
After that i put in the actual moto and i got "In the good finger they licken"
I prefer the first one though XD

Oh by the way I put it through lost in translation

caitlinsdad (author)merseyless2008-10-25

Nothing says yummy better than a thummy in your tummy...

SageMinto (author)caitlinsdad2010-10-22


Creative/weird. I like the concept a lot.

merseyless (author)caitlinsdad2008-10-27


rumple_T (author)2010-10-31

I just made these for a Halloween party last night. They were an absolute hit! I cooked the hot dogs a bit too long and they came out wrinkly. It added to the authenticity. Thanks for the great instructable!

caitlinsdad (author)rumple_T2010-10-31

Pictures! We need ghastly pictures!

rumple_T (author)caitlinsdad2010-11-01

So sorry! Was so busy didn't take any pictures. Next time!

hollenback.c (author)2009-10-08

 Wow, they look disgusting, and yet... delicious... ? Good Idea!

caitlinsdad (author)hollenback.c2009-10-09

Now, how can you turn down something made with someone's loving hands?

bluelantern (author)caitlinsdad2010-10-30

haha,good one.

hollenback.c (author)caitlinsdad2009-10-20

 Hey, you did Captain Kirk's chair! nice one.

jwolski (author)2010-10-27

Awesomely grotesque! 5*s!

Fish Nerd (author)2010-09-27

This might be the grossest instructable I have ever seen! I feel really bad right now! AWESOME JOB, my wife is going vomit when I make these for her!

caitlinsdad (author)Fish Nerd2010-10-03
joe57005 (author)2008-10-23

Very cool. Mrs Lovett would be proud!

caitlinsdad (author)joe570052008-10-23

20 of Lizzie Borden's whacks with a hatchet...

joe57005 (author)caitlinsdad2008-10-27

Lizzie Borden took an axe, And gave her mother forty whacks, And when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty one! don't you just LOVE those morbid limericks the little kiddies sing as they play?

caitlinsdad (author)joe570052008-10-27

Ring around the rosies, pocketful of posies, ashes, ashes, we all fall down may have been written about getting the plague and its detriment. yeeesh.

joe57005 (author)caitlinsdad2008-10-28

Actually, it was. "ring around the rosies, pocket full of posies" refers to the initial symptoms: ring shaped irritation around a bright red spot. "Ashes, ashes, we all fall down" refers to the advanced symptoms: previously irritated areas die, decay and turn black, leading to limbs falling off and eventually death.

Drakeler (author)joe570052009-10-16

I thought ashes was the medievel sound effect for sneezing. At least, that's what my 8th grade geography teacher said.

bpfh (author)Drakeler2010-08-22

The version I learnt was "atishoo, atishoo, we all fall down"... English (I don't know about American ;-) ) for a sneezing sound...

hydrnium.h2 (author)joe570052009-01-19

Isn't History Great?

Farrelbark (author)2010-08-05

I don't know whether to throw up or have seconds...

firebreathers (author)2009-12-17

This looks like great fun. It will be another great food idea for our Halloween Party. I am going to try string cheese instead of french fries(will ooze much better), and potato chips (for the nails). thanks for a great idea!

RavingMadStudios (author)2009-11-10

Lovin' this a lot, although I think I might go with a potato chip for the nail instead of a Freedom Fry. Either way, this is deliciously nasty.

el.pinnacate (author)2009-11-01

they taste better in character

caitlinsdad (author)el.pinnacate2009-11-01

 haha, you gotta be careful when you sleepwalk, don't know what you might make for a midnight snack...

conrad2468 (author)2009-10-30

 that makes me want to spew chunks!

sumrandom1 (author)2009-10-29

amazingly deliciously gross, cant wait to make them for this hollows EVE, buahahahahahahahahahaha
and i know i will enjoy eating the chicken scraps :)

Pompom (author)2009-10-29

Well done with making this look so gross, and now making me feel like that puppet...  I really shouldn't be looking at all these Halloween food recipes while being ill, but I'll admit you guys are all very talented!  Well done. 

Gosh, those photos, so gross.  Ha.  :-P

janfu (author)2009-10-25

They look so disgusting...I can't wait to make some!  :)

scoutfinch (author)2009-10-22

LOVE this, so gross!

MistressX956 (author)2009-10-19

Love love love, LOVE IT! hahaha. I'm ready to make this! <3

cheese10 (author)2009-10-13

Sheer Brilliance!!!

ogatron (author)2009-07-04

They were delicious great college food

awang8 (author)2009-02-09

Mmmm... Looks yummy!

Yep, that's right. It's yummy even though it's nearly going to make me vomit

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