“Pigs In A Blanket” is a hit with both kids and adults alike! Who wouldn’t like the juicy hot dogs wrapped in a warm freshly baked dough right out of the oven?
If you are looking for a kid-friendly dinner, look no further. It’s one of those rare recipes that even the pickiest children devour, while adults still consider it a “grownup” food. If you are having an informal gathering of family and friends of all ages, pigs in a planket is a perfect menu choice! Pigs in a blanket is also a popular super bowl party dish.
Pigs in a blanket come in all sizes – some people make it bite-size with small cocktail sausages, or you can make it with a regular size hot dog for a main dish. I always make my pigs in a blanket big, with regular size hot dogs. Wrapping lots of tiny sausages in dough is much more work than fewer big ones :) Plus I’d rather serve them as a main dish than an appetizer, as it’s much easier to come up with quick appetizers (like guac/chips and a green salad) than a main dish that everybody likes. Everybody except vegetarians that is, and if you have vegetarians in your party, you can make few of those pigs in a blanket with the imitation “vegetarian hot dogs” found in most grocery stores next to veggie burgers.
Pigs in a blanket only need 2 ingredients – the hot dogs and a refrigerated packaged dough tubes. The canned dough can be croissant, pretzel or dinner roll dough, which is found in most supermarkets in the same isle as hot dogs. For the health-conscious, you can get both the all natural hotdogs and the dough without preservatives in Whole Foods. The hog dogs can be any kind also – beef, turkey, chicken, low fat or even vegetarian. My favorite kind of dough for this recipe is pretzel rolls, and the pigs in a blanket that use pretzel dough are called pretzel dogs.
With just 2 simple ingredients, you just can’t mess this recipe up. You can even have the kids help you make it – it’s a perfect recipe for cooking together with small kids! When you wrap the sausages in dough, it doesn’t have to be perfect – if it rips, just put it back together and pinch to seal. If the dough is not the right shape, just stretch it with your fingers. When it’s baked, it will be all good, and the holes in the dough will add “character” :)
- 1 package (8 total) hot dogs
- 1 package (8 total) canned refrigerated pretzel, crescent or dinner rolls
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- Line the baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Open the dough can and separate into 8 pieces.
- Roll the dough around the hot dogs so the hot dogs are covered on the sides, and put on a baking sheet.
- Put in the oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.