While not as horrifying as spaghetti and eyeballs, nor as disgusting as worm sandwiches, these little octopi sitting atop macaroni and cheese are very cute and are less likely to give your children nightmares. The dish is easily made using hot dogs and macaroni and cheese (either homemade or packaged macaroni and cheese), and takes very little extra time to prepare. If you have any little ones dressing up as pirates or goblins or marine biologists this Halloween, this would make a great quick dinner before Beggar’s Night. Liberty Market has organic macaroni and cheese mix to make the mealtime prep even quicker!
Octopi and gold doubloons
- 1 box packaged macaroni and cheese (or your own homemade mac and cheese)
- 1 package hot dogs (author used SmartDogs meatless hot dogs from Trader Joe’s)
If using prepackaged macaroni and cheese, prepare that according to package directions. Meanwhile, set another pan of water to boil and make the octopi: for each octopus, cut the lower half of each hot dog lengthwise into 4 slices, leaving the slices attached to the upper half of the hot dog (see the slideshow photos). Then turn the hot dog to the side and cut each of these slices lengthwise in half – you should end up with 8 strips (again – see slideshow). Drop each octopus into the pan of boiling water and let cook until heated through and the strips curl up (like octopus’ tentacles).
This author thought the octopi looked a bit pale, but a quick saute in a little butter provided a nice golden brown and added flavor.
Remove the octopi from the boiling water/skillet and stick a couple of cloves near the top of each hot dog for eyes (warn the kids not to eat the cloves or that will be a little Halloween trick on them). Place the octopi upon the hot macaroni and cheese.
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