Snail Bites

kids food snail bites hotdog recipe So we moved last week. Sunday was the baby’s birthday, and my kitchen was mostly boxed and bubble-wrapped in the garage. The kid is obsessed with the movie Turbo (about a turbo-charged racing snail) and while he was going to get a pretty raw deal as far as birthdays go, I had to do something. My criteria at that point was that it be quick, simple, cheap (moving is expensive!!), and have a certain degree of WOW factor. High stakes, I know. Amazingly, I managed to pull it off, and the resulting cuteness had to be shared.

Note: My natural yeast starter Peeta was in cold storage, so alternative dough was used, but this idea will work with pretty much any dough cut to the right sized strips.

 

 

 

Snail Bites

kids food snail bites hotdog recipe

Yield: 14 edible snails

Ingredients:

1 8-pack hot dogs

2 cans Pillsbury Original Crescent Rounds refrigerated dough or homemade dough ready for shaping.

1 can whole, pitted olives

Cheddar cheese slices, for cutting into narrow strips (optional)

You will need:

toothpicks

baking sheet

knife

Instructions:

1. Start with an 8-pack of standard-sized hot dogs (you can use longer hot dogs for larger snail bodies). Cut the hot dogs on an angle at the center, so each resulting piece has a rounded “head” and a tapering “tail”.

kids food snail bites hotdog recipe

2. Roll your homemade dough out to about 1/4 inch thickness, and cut into strips approx. 6 inches long and 1 inch wide. If you are using Pillsbury refrigerator dough, the dough is already proper thickness. I used Pillsbury Crescent Rounds strips (they look like cinnamon rolls on the package but without any filling), but Pillsbury Crescent Seamless Dough Sheets would work too.

kids food snail bites hotdog recipe  

Optional: For cheese-stuffed snails, cut some narrow cheddar strips slightly smaller than your dough strips.

3. Take 4 dough strips and cut them into fourths, giving you 16 short pieces.

4. Grab a short dough piece and place a hotdog section on it (making a “t”) so the “tail” tapers down to the work surface. These little dough arms will secure the “shell” in place in just a second.

kids food snail bites hotdog recipe

5. Grab a long dough strip and place a cheese strip (if using) on top. Roll that baby up, leaving about an inch of dough free.

kids food snail bites hotdog recipe

6. Place your dough spiral upright on your hotdog, securing the free piece of dough to the hotdog by folding up the short dough arms over it.

kids food snail bites hotdog recipe

7. Roll the spiral the rest of the way up, and secure in place with a toothpick (don’t forget to take this out later). Cute!

kids food snail bites hotdog recipe

8. Repeat with the rest of the hot dogs and dough.

9. Place all your completed snails upright (if possible) on a cookie sheet. Homemade dough: grease the sheet, Pillsbury: no greasing. I had attempted to brace the snails against each other with toothpicks, and it kinda-sorta worked. If all else fails, lay them flat to bake and the kids will not care. Promise.

kids food snail bites hotdog recipe

10. Bake as directed for the dough you are using, typically about 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until the dough is cooked through.

11. Remove to cool and prepare eyeballs. Presliced olives can run a little thin for toothpicks, so I opted for whole olives I sliced myself. Just before serving, I removed all the stabilizing toothpicks and put olive slices on two toothpicks for the eyes.

kids food snail bites hotdog recipe    kids food snail bites hotdog recipe

12. Serve on a bed of lettuce with all the great garden foods snails love. This partially makes up for the utter unhealthiness of the snail itself. 🙂

kids food snail bites hotdog recipe  

P.S. Brace yourself: kids will play with this food, and you will have greasy little snail-trails all over your table. This activity should absolutely be encouraged. 

kids food snail bites hotdog recipe

Snail Bites
 
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Edible "snails" made with hot dogs and refrigerator dough. Escargot everyone will love! Quick, simple, cheap , and lots of WOW .
Ingredients
  • 1 8-pack hot dogs
  • 2 cans Pillsbury Original Crescent Rounds refrigerated dough or homemade dough ready for shaping.
  • 1 can whole, pitted olives
  • Cheddar cheese slices, for cutting into narrow strips (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cut the hot dogs on an angle at the center, so each resulting piece has a rounded "head" and a tapering "tail".
  2. Roll your homemade dough out to about ¼ inch thickness, and cut into strips approx. 6 inches long and 1 inch wide. If you are using Pillsbury refrigerator dough, the dough is already proper thickness.
  3. Optional: For cheese-stuffed snails, cut some narrow cheddar strips slightly smaller than your dough strips.
  4. Take 4 dough strips and cut them into fourths, giving you 16 short pieces.
  5. Grab a short dough piece and place a hotdog section on it (making a "t") so the "tail" tapers down to the work surface.
  6. Grab a long dough strip and place a cheese strip (if using) on top. Roll up, leaving about an inch of dough free.
  7. Place your dough spiral upright on your hotdog, securing the free piece of dough to the hotdog by folding up the short dough arms over it.
  8. Roll the spiral the rest of the way up, and secure in place with a toothpick (don't forget to take this out later).
  9. Repeat with the rest of the hot dogs and dough.
  10. Place all your completed snails upright (if possible) on a baking sheet. Homemade dough: grease the sheet, Pillsbury: no greasing.
  11. Bake as directed for the dough you are using, typically about 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until the dough is cooked through.
  12. Just before serving, remove all stabilizing toothpicks and put olive slices on two toothpicks for the eyes.
  13. Serve on a bed of lettuce with all the great garden foods snails love.

 

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