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How to Make Severed Hot Dog Fingers

Yesterday I posted a picnic bento with a disgusting Halloween themed food: severed hot dog fingers. These nasty looking things are actually quite tasty and Baby Girl had no problem saying, “Can I have another finger?” at our little picnic. Since I’ve gotten really great feedback on them, I’ve decided to post a tutorial.

First you’ll need some Oscar Mayer weiners. Tear them in half. If you want them to look cut, slice them, but if you want them to look torn off, just break them.

Next, slice each half in half lengthwise. Here’s a picture to show you the different stages:

Cutting the hot dogs

Cut three shallow slices into the middle of each. To do this quickly, you can line up several fingers and cut across all of them with your knife at once. Next, you’ll need to boil these in a soy sauce and sugar mixture, which will accentuate the slits and darken the fingers. Use 1/2 cup each of water, sugar, and light soy sauce. Bring to a boil and then let them simmer for about 20 minutes.

After they’ve cooled, take a teardrop or oval cutter and gently press down on the rounded end of the hot dogs to make the cut for the fingernail. You’re just cutting through the hot dog’s “skin” so don’t cut carefully. Then just take a knife and slice skin off the oval/teardrop shape. This forms the fingernail.

Cutting the nails

Voila! You’ve got yourself some disgusting hot dogs! This would probably also make great Halloween party hors d’oeuvres! If you don’t want to boil them in the sauce, just boil them and then serve with bloody ketchup, though I don’t know how well the lines will show up.


Serve on a bed of fried “intestines” for just the right gross effect!

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  • Oh, so cool! Gross, and yet…. my mouth is watering… I grew up on shoyu vienna sausage. So ONO!

  • Pikko

    Hahaha! I make that for lunch on the weekends! A pot of shoyu spam and vienna sausage. We gobble it right up!

  • These are hands down (HA!) the best looking hot dog fingers I’ve seen! I love it! I’ll be putting these in my son’s lunch this week for sure. Can you make lots of them and store them for later? Would you just store them in the cooking liquid?

  • Pikko

    Hi Heather, I had made more than I needed, so I stored it like you said, in the liquid.

  • Thanks for the tutorial, love to try this one!

  • Bonnie

    I tried out the the severed fingers hot dogs and poked some thin pasta through the fingers (to represent worms) and it came out really cute!

    Lovely idea for Halloween!

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