Make Lunch Fun With Hot Dog Caterpillars!
We all like to eat, right? So do our kids. But our kids like to eat fun stuff, 'cause regular food is just... well... boring. So, we can feed them caterpillars! That'll be fun!
No, not regular caterpillars, of course... hot dog caterpillars. It's a great alternative to the classic hot dog octopus. Best of all, it's super quick to make and the kids love it.
And there's certainly nothing wrong with being a big kid yourself - enjoy!
- Prep time: 5 min
- Ready in: 5 min
- Yields: 1 hot dog caterpillar
- 1 Hot Dog
- Dipping Sauce, optional
- With a curved paring knife, cut hot dog most of the way through, as though making quarter-inch cross-sections. Notice that the curvature of the blade allows us to make contact with the cutting board without actually cutting through the hot dog fully. The key is to keep the bottom surface intact while allowing separation and curvature. Don't have such a curved knife? Use a regular one... just go a little slower and stop yourself before you hit the cutting board.
- Lay hot dog on microwave-safe plate and cover with a moistened paper towel (to prevent any unexpected splattering). Microwave on high for 10 to 15 seconds.
- Flip hot dog, microwave again for another 10 to 15 seconds. You'll notice the heat beginning to force the hot dog to plump up and curve a bit.
- Repeat heating process as necessary - shouldn't take more than another couple tries - until you are satisfied with the hot dog's curvature. Remember to carefully (it will be hot!) flip the hot dog with each heating cycle.
- Transfer hot dog to serving plate - you don't want to give your kid that searing hot plate from the microwave, do you? Prop up one end of the hot dog caterpillar with a pair of toothpicks, as though giving it front legs. Optionally, you can use small pieces of cheese to stabilize the toothpicks on the plate.
- Decorate caterpillar as you see fit. I like to use a small mustard bottle for details, simply because it's so easy to squirt just a little out for eyes or dots on the caterpillar's back.
- Serve with a dipping sauce, if desired.
For extra fun, include some miniature veggie or fruit kabobs, some Cracker Stackers, or other similar "healthy" sides. Dress up the caterpillar with a lemon collar... Use half a tomato and a length of cucumber to make a veggie mushroom (Alice in Wonderland reference?)... Just have fun with it. The more fun you have, the more fun it'll be for your kid!
Made with Bar-S Classic Franks
|Serving size: 1 hot dog (42g)|
|Calories from Fat||90|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 10 g||15%|
|Saturated fat 3 g||15%|
|Carbohydrates 4 g||1%|
|Sugar 2 g|
|Fiber 0 g|
|Protein 3 g||6%|
|Cholesterol 35 mg||12%|
|Sodium 380 mg||16%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|