Octopus Dinner Rolls

Octopus Dinner Rolls

I saw these Octopus Dinner Rolls in a magazine (can’t remember which one) and thought they’d be fun to tackle with my girls.

They do take a few minutes to shape, but they’re pretty easy to make – and especially fun to eat!

Octopus Dinner Rolls

I used crescent rolls that had a butter flavor in them already, but if yours don’t (or you’re making your own dough), you can always wrap up a small chunk of butter inside the “head.”

The process of turning these triangles into an octopus is surprisingly easy:  cut the end opposite the point into 8 pieces.  Then tuck the pointed end under and bunch it up into a ball.  Voila!

Octopus Dinner Rolls

I asked the girls to help me arrange the myriad legs, but they were really much more interested in adding the eyes.

My 4yo even used the tweezers from her bug collecting kit to place them on.  (Don’t worry – we washed them first!)

Octopus Dinner Rolls

Here they are, all ready to bake.

You should make sure the legs aren’t touching, but the dough doesn’t spread much during baking, so they can be pretty close.

Octopus Dinner Rolls

Also, I baked one tray the full recommended baking time on the package (see above photo) and the other tray a few minutes less (see below).

Undercooking them slightly ensures that the tips don’t brown, but the head will be a bit underdone.  Now, that didn’t bother me or my girls at all – but then, neither did the crunchy legs of the fully cooked ones.

The crispy tips didn’t present a problem for us in the least, so really, how long you decide to bake them is up to your personal preference.

Octopus Dinner Rolls

And if you want to shape them ahead of time, you can put the octopus-filled, parchment-lined trays in the fridge until you’re ready to bake them.  Such as on Halloween.  :)

Click here to get the free printable PDF version of the recipe:  Octopus Dinner Rolls

Plus, if your kids enjoyed this, they may also like my Octopus Hot Dogs:

octopus-hot-dogs-with-seaweed-zucchiniEnjoy!

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Octopus Hot Dogs and Seaweed Zucchini

Everyone should want to have fun with food.

Personally, I think everyone should make an octopus-shaped hot dot at least once in their life.  And if you have kids, they – more than likely – love hot dogs.  So:  problem solved.  Go and make yourself some octopuses for dinner.  Or octopi.  Either way.

And to get extra creative, dab on some mustard eyes and throw them in a bed of zucchini seaweed:

octopus hot dogs with seaweed zucchini

Okay, I know:  my “seaweed” looks a little mushy.  That’s because I shredded the zucchini kinda small.  Looked a little more like angel hair than linguine.  Still, it gets the point across.

To make the hot dogs, I sliced through them before cooking them.  You could them boil or microwave them.

To make the zucchini, I shredded it, and then threw it in a frying pan with some olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder for a few minutes.

Granted, my kids were far too excited about the hot dogs to pay much attention to the zucchini, but they did eat a little.  If you’d prefer, you could always serve the dogs over some spaghetti that you cooked with a little green food coloring instead.