Silly spaghetti and hot dogs – DIY tips, past versions, and future ideas

This was not my own idea, so whose where did my inspiration come from?

I found it via “TheKitchn.” They found it from Woman’s Day article “10 Off-the-Wall Hot Dogs.” Woman’s Day got the picture from BoingBoing. BoingBoing got it from a tip from DrO who was pointing out some people on LiveJournal doing this.

Needless to say, I did some digging to find the most original source of it I can find from back in 2004, and it’s on a page with a language I can’t even read. Fortunately, they translated a portion for English readers.

The image that was used in all of these looks a bit different than mine. They used larger chunks and stuck more spaghetti into each one. Keep in mind that I was using leftover hot dog slices from muffins, though, and I wasn’t convinced that the dogs weren’t just going to split open and fall apart either, so I didn’t want to waste too much on my first attempt.

There’s also the above variation over there. This sparked two ideas with me.

  1. I wanted to know what the black pasta was. After talking to @khorre, I ended up with two possibilities. First, there’s organic black bean spaghetti. More interestingly, there’s instructions on how to turn spaghetti black or dark purple with icing paste for Halloween. This could certainly be fun! (See the picture below, and be sure to follow the link for more details and pictures)
  2. Playing off the Sally-chick scenario even further, I want to take a whole hot dog and put the pieces of spaghetti just in the top to form hair. I know there’s a higher chance of it being forced out as it expands, though, so I’d have to make sure it goes far enough in. Also, the hot dogs are likely to split, so I may have to split some down ‘the back side’ to allow for that in advance. Either way, add a face and suddenly I have little hot dog spaghetti-head dolls.

Want to make your own? Here are some tips:

Tip: Break your spaghetti strands in half for easier-to-work with segments.

Tip: If you want to add more than one hot dog to a set of strands, stack the pieces and carefully slide the spaghetti through the whole stack. If you try to add a single piece at a time, you’ll struggle to get all the spaghetti strands to line up easily.

Tip: Make sure there’s plenty of water in your pan. You’ll want to have plenty of room for these to stack gently before they start cooking. Otherwise, you’ll have some sticking out of the water to begin with and unevenly cooked.

Tip: Don’t do this when you’re in a hurry. Set aside some time to play. It doesn’t take ‘too’ long to stab all the hot dog pieces, but it’s certainly not as quick as a plain pot of spaghetti. And hey, you need to have some time to play with your food. ;)

Tip: If you’re going to get side-tracked with taking pictures and braiding spaghetti “hair,” make sure the kids are able to eat while you play. Fortunately, I had already fed them when I detoured to play with this.

Sally-chick spaghetti head makes me think of the muppets for some reason. And given that Tuktuki, a muppet from the Bangladeshi version, is the only one we came up with, I’m thinking that the purple spaghetti idea is really going to play out well now, hehe. Add more spaghetti to each one, braid it down the sides, use a full hot dog for the body… what can I make a green dress out of? Hmm…


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    August 5, 2009

    I’m thinking I should do this with Italian sausage, and marinara sauce, for a twist on traditional spaghetti.

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