Although I've tried a lot of things for our bento, I've been told that these octopus sausages are the cutest. You can make two with one sausage, or four with two sausages and so on. They're very economical.
Get a straw (6 mm or about average size), a pair of tweezers, and a toothpick ready.
Cut the sausage diagonally.
Poke a straw through and make the "mouth".
Poke a toothpick and make a small hole where you want the eyes to be and use tweezers to insert a sesame seed into the hole for each eye.
Prepare the feet. The center are the longest and the next are shorter. It takes 5 cuts in all.
Cook. Roll over on each side and the feet will spread out.
All done. I made 4 octopodes from 2 sausages.
And with 11 sausages...
Story Behind this Recipe
I did this to make my husband's bento a bit cuter!
When using a straw to cut, make sure to keep twisting and press down so that it cuts easier. Sometimes things aren't cut quite completely and get stuck, so massage the straw a bit to make it easier to pull out.