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Pigs in a Blanket

Classic Pigs in a Blanket - we serve these at every get-together, even dinner parties! Everyone expects them now and they're always the first thing to go!

Classic Pigs in a Blanket can be served at any type of gathering, even dinner parties for a fun retro appetizer. They’re always the first thing to go, even with the adults!

I almost feel a bit guilty making these Pigs in a Blanket.

The thing is, they’re my sister’s thing. Every get-together at her house, whether it’s a kid’s birthday party or an upscale dinner, Pigs in a Blanket are served.

It started when the kids were all very young but it turned out that the adults were putting away just as many as the kids, if not more! She’s been serving them for so long now that it would be a major upset if we all showed up and there were no Pigs in a Blanket on the table.

So that’s why I never make them at home. It’s one of those things I only eat at my sister’s, similar to recipes that I never make because I only eat them at my mom’s. My mom doesn’t make Pigs in a Blanket either, and I can only assume it’s because the sister has it covered.

Classic Pigs in a Blanket - we serve these at every get-together, even dinner parties! Everyone expects them now and they're always the first thing to go!

Pigs in a Blanket are made with just two ingredients: crescent roll dough and some Lil’ Smokies. I think they’re cute with some poppy seeds sprinkled on, too, but that’s totally optional.

We serve ours with mustard only but ketchup (or buffalo wing sauce, perhaps?) works well, too. These little babies would be a great Super Bowl snack. They’re easy to make ahead of time (see below) so you can keep a few trays in the fridge then keep the hot pigs coming during the game. Just don’t tell my sister you got the recipe from me! :)

Can you make pigs in a blanket ahead of time?

You sure can, and they can be both refrigerated or frozen. When refrigerating, it’s best not to make them more than two hours before baking. For best results, assemble your pigs and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet, then cover them tightly with plastic wrap. Remove the plastic wrap before baking.

Pigs in a Blanket can also be frozen, but in this case you’ll want to bake them first. Allow them to cool completely, then put them in freezer bags in a single layer. To reheat them, follow the same steps as when you baked them, just reduce the heat to 325°F so they gently reheat, and pull them out once they’re hot all the way through (about 15 minutes).

How do you make pigs in a blanket?

It is so incredibly easy to make pigs in a blanket! There are really just two steps:

Cut the crescent roll dough into small strips that are slightly smaller than the lil’ smokies. Roll the lil’ smokies in the dough just until the dough goes around once. Cut off any excess dough and press the ends together. Place on a baking tray then pop them in the oven until they’re golden brown.

How long do you cook pigs in a blanket?

Pigs in a Blanket take about 15 minutes in a 350F degree oven. Keep an eye on them since you want them to be nicely browned but not too done or the sausages won’t be as juicy and tender.

Classic Pigs in a Blanket - we serve these at every get-together, even dinner parties! Everyone expects them now and they're always the first thing to go!

What can you serve with pigs in a blanket?

We serve ours exclusively with mustard, but I think most people likely serve them with ketchup. They’ll go with just about any appetizer you can think of. In fact, they’re fun to serve with more upscale appetizers because everyone seems to get a chuckle when they see these next to a fancy dish. Yet these are what everyone devours first, proving they’re a fun food that never goes out of style.

Appetizer ideas to serve with Pigs in a Blanket

pigs in a blanket in a white bowl with a small dish of mustard

Pigs in a Blanket

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Pigs in a Blanket is a classic recipe that everyone loves. Double or triple the batch, these always go fast!

Ingredients

  • 1 tube crescent roll dough
  • 1 package lil' smokies
  • poppy seeds, optional
  • yellow mustard, for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Carefully unroll crescent roll dough. Make four rectangles out of dough (two triangles each), pressing seams together. Slice each rectangle in half crosswise, then each half in half, giving you eight strips per rectangle.
  3. Roll one strip of dough around a lil' smokie, place on ungreased baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough and lil' smokies.
  4. Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately with mustard on the side.

Notes

For the serving size, I estimated 4 pigs per person since these are usually served as an appetizer alongside many others. Adjust this number based on what you're serving. Any leftover pigs can be frozen for up to one month, then reheated at 325°F for 15 minutes.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 195Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 199mgCarbohydrates: 22gNet Carbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.

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Amy Spencer

Saturday 31st of March 2018

Can I make a tray of these at night and then bake in the morning? Wondering how the dough would hold up overnight? Thanks!

Kristy Bernardo

Monday 2nd of April 2018

I think that would be fine! Just be sure to keep them covered.

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Lynna

Saturday 28th of February 2015

Ever since I was a kid, I love these treats that come in the frozen aisle. I love it when my mom would put some in the oven for us! I was thrilled to learn how it is to make these!

Kristy Bernardo

Friday 6th of March 2015

I'm so glad, Lynna!

Heather / girlichef

Sunday 1st of February 2015

I've only started making these smaller pigs in a blanket over the last couple of years, and can't imagine them any other way now. I grew up having them as a meal (hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls)...but I admit to still craving those now and again, as well. Yours are making me hungry!

Kristy Bernardo

Monday 2nd of February 2015

And I've never had the hot dog version - how crazy is that?? I may have to make them for my daughters, they'd really like them. Thanks, Heather!

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