From food carts on street corners to backyard barbecues, is there any time a hot dog doesn’t satisfy? This finger-friendly food is not only delicious on its own, but can also be covered in several layers of condiments to satisfy anyone’s taste buds. When it comes to satisfying those tough food critics we like to call children, however, you sometimes have to work magic on staple foods themselves. Lucky for you, this one from The Country Basket takes no time at all and will make you look like a genius food superhero to everyone gathered ’round. Presenting, the “octo-dog”!

Here’s what you’ll need:Hot dogsToothpicksA paring knifeMustard or ketchup

Directions:1. Using your paring knife, cut your hot dog lengthwise until you get about 2/3 of the way down.2. Slice each side of the split lengthwise to create the look of tentacles.3. Microwave the hot dog for 45 seconds, and voila! All you need to do is prop your octo-dog up with a toothpick and paint a happy face on him with ketchup and mustard.Bonus: if you want to make your octo-dog really shine, just cook some 3 minute ramen on the stove and add a dash or two of green coloring. Now you’ve got a bowl of “seaweed” for your octo-dog to sit on!