Pigs In A Blanket

Pigs in A Blanket are an iconic party appetizer that are so quick to make! Bring on the nostalgia with this crescent dough wrapped hot dog recipe.

Classic, easy to throw together, appetizers like Cocktail Meatballs and Pigs in A Blanket are life-savers when it comes to holiday get togethers. Stock up on simple, tasty Appetizer Recipes to make your party season be a breeze. 

Pigs in a Blanket with a small bowl of ketchup

PIGS IN A BLANKET

Pigs in a Blanket are one of those appetizers that have been found on party platters for years and years. We don’t know who the first person to wrap a hot dog in crescent dough is, but we thank them for this genius time-saving recipe.

This is a dish that you probably grew up eating at all your family events from holiday gatherings to casual backyard pool parties. They are quick, easy, cheap, and only have a few ingredients.

In fact, this may have been a recipe that your younger self was put in charge of because it’s so simple.

While these are relatively easy appetizers to make, you may have had some frustrations when it comes to getting that dough wrapped perfectly (at least perfect for a hot dog).

This is a basic, easy Pigs in a Blanket recipe, but with some slight changes like using little smokies for mini crescent-wrapped dogs, you can create a new dish to mix it up at parties.

We typically serve our Crescent Dogs with trio of dips like Honey Mustard, yellow mustard, and spicy brown mustard so each guest can get the flavor they like.

A Pig in a Blanket being dipped into ketchup

Tips for making Perfect Pigs in a Blanket:

  • Use a crescent sheet dough instead of the triangles for easier wrapping. These look more uniform too.
  • Pat your hot dogs (or smokies) dry with a paper towel before wrapping to keep the dough from getting soggy.
  • Brush with egg before you bake to get a glossy sheen. This will also help any seasonings you may want to add stick.

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HOW TO MAKE PIGS IN A BLANKET

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Cut the crescent dough into rectangles.
  • Place hot dogs at the ends of the rectangles and roll up.
  • Place the seam sides down.
  • Place on baking sheet.
  • Combine egg and water.
  • Brush with egg water mixture.
  • Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Tray full of Pigs in a blanket

VARIATIONS ON PIGS IN A BLANKET

  • Breakfast: This recipe becomes an easy breakfast or brunch dish by using cooked breakfast sausage links. Use flaky homestyle biscuit dough and serve with maple syrup to dip in.
  • Chili Cheese Dogs: Turn this recipe into a Super Bowl main by setting up a Chili Dog Bar with toppings like Homemade Chili, cheese, onions, cilantro, and hot sauce.
  • Italian Dogs: Cook Italian sausage and cut in half long ways, lay a strip of provolone cheese on flat side (sliced as wide as sausage) and wrap in the dough. Top with garlic butter and parsley before baking in the oven. Serve with Marinara.
  • Cheese Dogs: Another classic way to make this snack is with cheese. Cut your hot dog down the middle long ways (without going all the way through) and place some cheddar strips inside before wrapping in your dough. 
  • Hogs in a Blanket: Make larger versions by using whole or halved full-size hot dogs and using larger pastry dough pieces.
  • Breading: This recipe uses crescent roll dough, but you can use any refrigerated dough like puff pastry or canned biscuits.

FAQs FOR PIGS IN A BLANKET

  • Why are they called Pigs in A Blanket? Simply put, it’s because the sausage or hot dog represents the pig and the breading outside is the blanket wrapped around them.
  • Can I freeze uncooked Pigs in a Blanket? Yes. Assemble the crescent-wrapped dogs and freeze on a baking sheet. Then transfer to a bag until ready to bake. Top with egg wash and seeds before baking.
  • How do you reheat Pigs in a Blanket? The best way to reheat these snacks is in the oven at 350 degrees F and bake for 8-10 minutes, until warm.

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HOW TO SERVE AND STORE:

  • Serve: These appetizers are good at room temperature for up to 2 hours.
  • Store: You can store these in the fridge for up to a week in a sealed container lined with a paper towel to absorb moisture.
  • Freeze: Freeze these baked or unbaked for up to 2 months. Flash freeze on a baking sheet so they don’t stick together after you transfer them to a container.

Mini Beef Smokie Wrapped in crescent dough to make a pig in a blanket on a metal tray

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Pigs In A Blanket

Pigs in A Blanket are an iconic party appetizer that are so quick to make! Bring on the nostalgia with this crescent dough wrapped hot dog recipe.
Yield 8
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 1 package refrigerated crescent dough , 8 ounces
  • 35 smokies (mini hot dogs, 1 package)
  • 1 egg , lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Cut the crescent dough into rectangles.
  • Place hot dogs at the ends of the rectangles and roll up.
  • Place the seams side down.
  • Place on baking sheet.
  • Combine egg and water.
  • Brush with egg water mixture.
  • Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

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Nutrition

Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 633mg | Potassium: 76mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword: Pigs In A Blanket

Collage Images of Pigs in a Blanket

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. The pictures show much smaller sausages than hot dogs – how many smaller sausages do you use, and how big are the dough rectangles?

    1. You can use smokies if you want the smaller, appetizer version. I think each package of crescent dough rolls out to 8 triangles.

  2. I make these every year for New Year’s Eve snacks. I’ve made them with hotdogs & lil smokies are great too. I’ve been known to use prepackaged biscuit dough in place of the crescent rolls. I did not know you could freeze them, so thanks so much for posting this recipe. Now I won’t have to throw out leftovers! Happy Holidays!