Pigs in a Blanket

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What could possibly be a better cocktail party snack than pigs in a blanket? They are only 3 ingredients and you can easily whip them up with some homemade honey mustard sauce or horseradish sauce or my fave, Russian dressing!

For more great retro appetizers, make some Dill Pickle Deviled Eggs, or maybe some Smoky Bacon Deviled Eggs!

pigs in a blanket on a white plate

Pigs in a Blanket

Pigs in a blanket is a pretty ridiculous concept, let alone a name, for food, but there is just something so exceptionally delicious about combining sausages and pastry.

This recipe for pigs in a blanket makes for a great basic boilerplate recipe for you to play around with. Feel free to add extra ingredients or dashes of flavor to the sausage or pastry, but just make sure that you treat the pastry right.

There is nothing sadder than a soggy blanket for your cocktail snack.      

ingredients for pigs in a blanket

Pigs in a Blanket Ingredients

Don’t forget to look at the recipe card at the bottom of the page for all of the ingredient amounts needed here.

• 8 oz cans refrigerated crescent rolls

• Cocktail wieners or sliced hot dogs

• Melted salted butter

brushing melted butter on a pig in a blanket

How To Make Pigs in a Blanket

• Lightly flour a work surface, and then unroll the crescent sheets

• Tear each piece carefully along the perforations

• Cut each triangle into 3 smaller triangles

• To roll, place one cocktail wiener or cut hot dog on the widest side of each triangle

• Roll, being careful to not stretch the dough down to the thinner point of the triangle

• Place them, seam side down, on a baking sheet, and then brush them with melted butter

• Bake them at 375 Fahrenheit until golden brown, about 13 minutes

pigs in a blanket on a white plate stacked up

How To Play Around With The Flavors In Your Pigs In A Blanket

Pigs in a blanket is a classic recipe for a reason – it is simple and it works flavorwise regardless of how uncomplicated it is.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t change things around, though! You could add any number of different flavor changes, additions, or substitutions to your pigs in a blanket to make them your own.

For example, you could sprinkle a bit of grated cheese into the pastry as you roll it to end up with a slightly cheesy taste in every bite. You could also just crumble some cheese loosely on top of the pigs in blankets when you bake them for a sort of crispy topping effect.

You could also make all kinds of different interesting mustards to dip them into! The traditional favorite would be a tasty honey mustard, but you could also alter that basic recipe with some hot sauce or even things like some dill and horseradish for something a lot more piquant.

Finally, for a really fancy twist, you could spread some pate (or foie gras, if you don’t mind the ghastly origins) over the pastry just before you add the sausage and then roll the whole thing up, like a pork wellington. However you choose to change it up, try and stick to the classic tastes you’d imagine in pigs in a blanket – salty, crunchy, and a little tangy flavor all work really well here.

What Other Things Can You Wrap In Pastry Blankets?

While small cocktail sausages are the standard types of pig to put in a blanket, you could also very easily wrap other parts of the pig instead. For example, you could coil together a small bit of bacon and fry it until crisp, and then bake that in the oven instead of the sausages.

Or, you could just use a much higher quality sausage – something with traditional pork tastes, like sage and apple or just regular black pepper and salt.

You could also sub in some vegetarian-friendly alternatives – tightly packed cooked mushrooms, some red pepper sliced in rectangles, or even some sweet potato all make great alternatives here.

Looking for more delicious Appetizers recipes? Try these out:

Corn Fritters

Amazing Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings

Buffalo Hot Sauce Roasted Chickpeas

Enjoy! Here’s hoping that we are all able to have some get-togethers this fall and winter and get back to serving appetizers at parties!

Love,

Karlynn

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Pigs in a Blanket

How to make classic pigs in a blanket, everyone's favorite party appetizer! Use cocktail wieners or sliced hot dogs for the kids.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Course
Appetizer
Cuisine
American
Servings
48
Calories
36
Author
Karlynn Johnston

Ingredients
  

  • two 8 oz cans refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 48 cocktail wieners or sliced hot dogs
  • 1/4 cup melted salted butter

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 375ºF.
  • Lightly flour a work surface, then unroll the crescent sheets. Carefully tear each piece where it’s perforated.
  • Cut each triangle into 3 smaller triangles.
  • To roll, place one cocktail wiener or cut hot dog on the widest side of each triangle. Roll, without stretching the dough, down to the thinner point of the triangle. Place seam side down on a large baking sheet. Repeat until all of the sausages are wrapped.
  • Use a pastry brush and brush each with melted butter.
  • Place in the oven and bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.

Recipe Notes

  • You can use turkey weiners in this as well!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 36kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 100mg, Potassium: 16mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 30IU, Calcium: 1mg, Iron: 1mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Michael Garcia says

    I absolutely love Pigs In A Blanket, I just can’t see ( unless they are specifically being made for hors d’oeuvres or for a snack ) making them small like that. I need a whole hot dog, along with tater tots or fries. AWWW man, now I want some pigs in a blanket.

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