Monday, August 29, 2011

Creepy Corn Dog Centipedes for Halloween or a bug themed party.


Hot dogs were a staple in my childhood diet.  They were inexpensive and easy to prepare for a family of six. Corn dogs, on the other hand, were only seen at fairs and amusement parks and I didn't want anything to do with them.  I didn't like corn bread back then and couldn't image how a hot dog would taste wrapped in a fried dough made from it.  My first experience eating a corn dog was as an adult and was by mistake.  I was at a party and saw a tray of tiny little fried puffs of dough. Thinking they must have cheese inside, I popped one in my mouth. As the nugget hit my tongue, I found the breading to have a nice slightly sweet flavor so I bit into it and was surprised to find a hot dog lurking inside. What surprised me even more, was just how much I like it. Eventually I even tried a full sized corn dog and realized I liked those too.

If you've been following Hungry Happenings for a while, you know that I have used hot dogs in a few different recipes - they make great themed cuisine.  When I decided to make some food look like a centipede for the Creepy Crawler themed parties, I did some research and found that these little creatures have lots of oval/rectangle shaped body segments each with a pair of legs attached.  The shape of the mini corn dogs was a great match for the shape of the centipedes body segments. Also, it was easy to attach chow mein noodle (or potato stick) legs and antennae and pipe on some ketchup eyes for a truly creepy looking edible centipede.

At first I thought I'd have to make a very long corn dog centipede to get all 100 legs on it. I didn't know, until I did a quick search, that centipedes can have fewer than 20 legs and up to 300 legs, so that means you can make your centipedes short or really really long. The important thing to remember is that each body segment only has one pair of legs attached.

Creepy Corn Dog Centipedes

Ingredients:

mini corn dogs (use at least 9 per centipede, but you can use many more)
chow mein noodles or potato sticks
ketchup

Special Equipment Needed:

baking sheet

Instructions:


Bake corn dogs on baking sheet according to package instructions. Remove from oven and reduce oven heat to 200 degrees.


Line up corn dogs into a squiggly line (use 9 or more per line.) I moved my corn dogs to a work surface, because I wasn't planning to heat them back up to take pictures.  I suggest you create your centipedes on your baking sheet.

Press two long chow mein noodles (or potato sticks) into the first corn dog to create antenna. Press two long, but shorter chow mein noodles (or potato sticks) into the last corn dog to create the back legs.  Then on all remaining corn dogs, press one chow mein noodle (or potato stick) on either side, creating legs. Place in oven to keep warm until you are ready to serve. Note: don't bake the corn dogs at 350 degrees with the appendages attached as the chow mein noodles or potato sticks will burn.


Before serving, add two ketchup eyes.


When I began working on recipe ideas for this Creepy Crawler theme, I had so many caterpillar ideas that I thought I'd do a whole series of them.  I changed my mind after I came up with the centipede idea but had already taken pictures of some corn dog caterpillars, so I thought I'd show you them too. You can see just how versatile these mini corn dogs can be.  If you decide to make caterpillars, just keep the bodies short using 5 or so corn dogs, put the corn dogs together longwise instead of widthwise, and attach lots of legs (I did 3 per body segment.) Add antenna and eyes and you are ready to serve them to you party guests.

If you like this recipe, please share it with others by using the share buttons below. I really appreciate being Stumbled Upon and Pinned, and am always grateful to those of you that share my ideas on your website. I do request that you don't post my entire tutorial, but rather share a picture with a link and be sure to mention the recipe came from Hungry Happenings. If you make this recipe, I'd love for you to send me a photo to beth@hungryhappenings.com.
Thank you for visiting Hungry Happenings

- Beth

12 comments:

  1. Wow... You really have endless ideas! I have to say I truly admire your creativity!

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  2. Thanks Tiffany, that is a huge compliment coming from someone as creative and talented as you! So far the ideas keep popping into my head - I sure hope that trend continues.

    Beth @ Hungry Happenings

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  3. This is really cute, but as I have a huge fear of insects, I'm not sure I could pull this one off. :P Thank you so much for stopping by my blog--I'm glad I got the chance to check out yours!

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  4. Kristin, I totally understand your fear, I feel the exact same way. I scream whenever I encounter a bug or spider. I know this recipe makes for a pretty gross looking centipede which is great for a creepy crawler themed party. I tried to balance the creepy with the cute for our party last year so that I could stomach having a kitchen full of bugs and other pests. You might like the caterpillars in my last post - they are quite adorable.

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  5. This is so adorable! What a fun way to get kids to eat!! :D

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  6. Oh Beth! So cute as usual! Your creativity amazes me!

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  7. We LOVE corndogs around here, so we will be trying this one for sure.

    I'd love it if you would link up to my link party, Pinterest Tuesday. I am sure other moms would enjoy seeing your cute critters!

    http://ourcountryroad.blogspot.com/2011/09/pinterest-tuesday-its-september-edition.html

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  8. Thank you so very much for always researching your animals when you make cute recipes! As a biologist it's always delicious but slightly heartbreaking to come across decorated dolphins with gills or "centipedes" with as many legs as possible crammed in all over the place. The fact that you mentioned many times only having one pair of legs per body segment and even added the shortened modified legs of the last segment simply made my day. :) Thank you!!

    And these look positively scrumptious, by the way. :)

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  9. Hi Laurenann,

    Thanks for noticing my attention to detail!Before I began working on this recipe, I did do my research because I didn't know much about centipedes. I do often take creative license with my creatures, but try more often to make them look realistic.

    Beth @ Hungry Happenings

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  10. Thank you for the good idea... my family and I love to read books and then have a theme weekend based on the book series we were reading, and fix foods to go with that series. We're going through the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series at the moment and was trying to find a way to turn the Centipede song into a meal or snack, and this fits perfectly!

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    1. I love that you base a weekend around a book theme. What a wonderful way to spend time together as a family. Enjoy making and eating your centipedes.

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  11. Thanks so much for sharing this! This will be added to the menu for my daughter's 5th insect-themed birthday party!

    - Michelle

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