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Squirmy Wormy Sandwiches Recipe

Squirmy Wormy Sandwiches Recipe

My sister and I came up with this recipe while thinking of spooky, ghoulish foods for a Halloween party. You can also serve the "worms" as an appetizer on party picks with BBQ sauce for dipping. —Diane Eaton, Campbell, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) hot dogs
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon spicy brown mustard
  • Dash Liquid Smoke, optional
  • 6 hamburger buns, split


  • 1. Cut each hot dog into eight strips. In a large skillet, saute hot dogs in oil until golden brown.
  • 2. Stir in the ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and Liquid Smoke if desired; heat through. Serve on buns. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 417 calories, 27g fat (10g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 1259mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 13g protein.

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Reviewed Nov. 12, 2017

"Very cute, quick and easy recipe for a Halloween themed dinner."

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2015

"This was a great recipe for kids! My two (7 and 3) LOVED the idea. My husband and I aren't hot dog fans so I split a couple of brats for us and it worked great also. As mentioned by other reviewers, I cut out the canola as I didn't find it necessary but everything else worked great. Would be perfect for a Halloween Party main - especially for children."

Reviewed Oct. 1, 2015

"I am going to have that at halloween."

Reviewed Mar. 31, 2013

"These were super easy and the kids liked them, though I wasn't sure if I only found them okay due to the hot dogs or barbecue sauce or what. You really can't beat how quick and easy it is, especially if you've got kids to feed!"

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

"5 stars for Halloween"

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

"Fun and tasty! It is a bit of work to slice the hotdogs into worms but I loved it. Use regular dogs and not the old fashioned. Great recipe too if you served in bites instead of worms to adults as a party appetizer. No need for canola oil, as hotdogs will produce their own fat in a hot pan. I removed the extra fat and then added the Squirm Sauce to finish. I did not use liquid smoke (horrible stuff). Lea and Perrins W sauce worked well with this."

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

"Eeeeewwwww!!! Soooo ghastly gross and realistic!!! Great recipe!!! Woooooooooooo!!!"

Reviewed Oct. 18, 2010

"My 5 year old and I made this last year for Halloween and I'm looking forward to it again this year."

Reviewed Oct. 26, 2009

"We found a similar idea several years ago using just the hot dogs and grilling the strips so they had lines on them. Once they're curled, just keep them warm in a crock pot. Add "blood" (ketchup) or "puss" (mustard) or "ground lizzard tails" (relish), or hot dog chili sauce on them in a regular hot dog bun. Definately a hit with all ages! A really fun twist on the always popular hot dog!

We even boiled them one year with green food coloring- very strange! LOL! The grilled had the best flavor."

Reviewed Oct. 22, 2009

"This is a fun and easy dinner that all of my kids will eat. It's so easy to make that my 4 year old made it last year using a kids saftey knive and a very low temp. We're using it again this year and looking forward to it."

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