Monday, October 5, 2009

Painted Hot Dog Butterflies

This is a really fun kid dinner, lunch, or snack idea. I got the idea from Gourmet Mom on the Go of course. She always has the best kid-friendly food ideas. My kids LOVED this, and beg me every night to do it again. I have to admit that when Dad is working late or gone, it really helps to have a fun project for the kids to do... and combining it with dinner is a genius idea.

Painted Butterflies
Hot Dogs
Refrigerator biscuits (like Grands or any brand)
1 egg
food coloring
pretzel sticks
cheese, ketchup, or mustard (for the face)
small paintbrushes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a cookie sheet or cake pan. Give each child two biscuits and a hot dog.
Help them cut each biscuit in half, turn one half over, and place on pan as the "wings". Repeat with the other biscuit. Lay the hot dog on top of the wings.
To make paints, put one egg and one tablespoon water in a small bowl and mix well. Pour a small amount of egg mixture in several bowls (however many colors you want) and add a drop or two of different food colorings.
Give each child a clean paintbrush and let them paint their "butterfly wings".
Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes, until biscuits are golden brown. Add two pretzel sticks for antannae and either ketchup/mustard/cheese/whatever you want for two eyes and mouth. Serve with a side of your favorite vegetable and dinner's ready!
I also let them paint the leftover biscuits and we had them in the morning with sausage and eggs. They loved seeing their painted biscuits the next morning.
Note: You may want to buy the Pillsbury biscuits for the best effect. We used the Great Value brand and as you can see the wings were not as full and big as they should be. (But my kids didn't seem to mind)
*First picture and recipe courtesy of Gourmet Mom On the Go.

1 comment:

teresa said...

so fun! the kids would love this!