Pigs in a Blanket

pigs in a blanket

Did you snicker at the title of this post? Were you transported back to being 15 and eating this delicious unhealthy snack at a friend’s house (whose mother would allow such delicacies)? Pigs in a blanket, also known as hotdogs baked inside sweet dough, are one of those foods that you may encounter infrequently, but each occasion is a happy one. Maybe you had them at your company’s lame holiday party or at some sports bar you were dragged to by your old friends? For me it’s a memory of a different kind of pig in a different sort of blanket. That would be a breakfast sausage wrapped in a pancake from IHOP (that would be the International House of Pancakes).

Bottom line: you love them. Blogging a recipe for pigs in a blanket sort of feels like a cop-out since you can find the recipe on both the mini-cocktail weeny package and the pillsbury crescent roll package. Basic premise: 1 crescent roll package wraps around 18 cocktail weenies, cook for 12 minutes at 375. There’s a more complete recipe below. Since I’m supposed to be the one providing inspiration to you, I’ll make things a little more interesting by throwing cheese on top and using the extra dough to make little black garlic puffs for the vegetarians. Remember, I’m obsessed with black garlic.

black garlic

Don’t forget to serve with a great chunky mustard! Grey Poupon will do as well.

You’ll find pigs in a blanket next to the potato skins at my wedding reception and they will be on plates on a table, not trotted about by some poor catering assistant who has to field questions about whether the little piggies are “gluten free.”

pigs in a blanket

Pigs in a Blanket

Makes 40

You will need:

2 rolls of Pillsbury crescent roll dough (comes pre-sliced and usually found near the butter in the refrigerated section)

40 cocktail weenies (I used Boar’s Head Brand)*

1/4 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese

Mustard to serve

*If you can’t find the mini ones, just use regular hot dogs and slice into 2-inch pieces

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 375 and line 2 cookie sheets with 2 pieces of parchment paper or  Silpats.

2. Peel and break 1 roll of dough and spread out on a cutting board. You should have about 6 pre-cut triangles. Slice each one of those triangles into 3 smaller elongated triangles.

3. Starting from the thickest end, roll each weenie in a dough triangle and place on the baking sheet. Repeat with the second roll of dough to fill up the second sheet. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the pigs and use your fingers to press it into the dough.

4. Cook in the oven for 12 minutes total, rotating the tray halfway through. Serve immediately with mustard.

pigs in a blanket

Black Garlic Cheese Puffs

Makes 20

You will need:

1 roll of Pillsbury crescent roll dough (comes pre-sliced and usually found near the butter in the refrigerated section)

1 cup cheddar cheese

10 black garlic cloves

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 375 and line a cookie sheets with a piece of parchment paper or a Silpat.

2. Peel and break 1 roll of dough and spread out on a cutting board. You should have about 6 pre-cut triangles. Slice each one of those triangles into 3 smaller elongated triangles.

3. Peel the black garlic cloves and mash into a paste with a fork in a small bowl.

4. Lay the triangle flat and spread 1/2 teaspoon of garlic mash and then sprinkle 1 teaspoon of cheese on top. Press into the dough with your fingers and roll into little crescents.

5. Bake for 12 minutes, rotating halfway through. Serve immediately.

2 thoughts on “Pigs in a Blanket

  1. Oh, I see. Would not interpret this as wedding happening now, or, should I? It was hard to decide between silver dollar pancakes and pigs in the blanket when we went to IHOP. They even used to serve real maple syrup!.I loved that place.

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