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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hairy Hotdogs

How's that for a blog post title? Well, before you become thoroughly grossed out, just know that they aren't as disgusting as they sound.

Last week I discovered the idea on Pinterest and decided to file it away for another day. When Emahry saw the picture she was very excited and even brought it up when Tim came home several hours later.

So...when Tim wanted to scrap the meal plan and make a fun meal with the kids the same evening, we decided that it would be the perfect time for our very own Hairy Hotdogs.

All you need is thin spaghetti (uncooked), hot dogs and water. (We used whole wheat thin spaghetti and nitrate free turkey dogs.)

Simply poke the hot dogs all over with the uncooked spaghetti noodles. The kids loved this part! It's also a great fine motor activity. (Jonathan found it easier when we broke the noodles in half.)

Then throw your impaled hot dogs in boiling water and boil until the noodles are cooked. You can then top your pasta with sauce or leave it plain. We opted for a chili topping since Tim and I were having chili dogs instead of the pasta.

Do you think your kids would like this recipe or do you think they would be grossed out?
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Blogger Jaedyn said...

Nothing gross about it, what a fun idea! I'm definitely going to try this with my daughter. :)

June 21, 2011 at 10:28 PM  
Anonymous Keri said...

My 2-year-old would love this! Thanks for a great idea that will get her helping in the kitchen AND eating!

June 22, 2011 at 1:03 PM  
Blogger cman said...

I would hope for both reactions LOL.
I've always wanted to try doing this for fun to see how they like it.

June 22, 2011 at 6:07 PM  
Blogger Tim, Allyson, and kids said...

I was very pleased with how both Emahry (4) and Jonathan (3 in Sept.) were able to help with this "recipe".

We did find that they both had an easier time if we broke the spaghetti in half.

Jonathan placed his hot dog on the table and poked the pasta into the top, but Emahry was able to hold the hot dog with one hand and push the pasta through. Either way works fine for cooking.

June 23, 2011 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger Brandi Elam said...

My kids would love this, especially my hot dog and pasta loving daughter. Two of her favorite things, together!
brandielam3 at gmail dot com

June 25, 2011 at 12:27 AM  

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