This mini pigs in a blanket recipe transforms simple ingredients into an irresistible appetizer that’s perfect for parties, game nights, or even a fun family dinner.
These mini pigs in a blanket have a charming simplicity that makes them a beloved treat across generations.
Ideal for various events, from children's birthday parties to sophisticated cocktail evenings, they've earned their fame as versatile crowd-pleasers.
This is an easy appetizer or dinner that kids love as much as adults. Form them into a cute wreath shape during the holidays like we did for a pretty holiday appetizer. Great for both Thanksgiving or Christmas!
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What You'll Love About This Recipe
- Ease of Preparation: Simple steps that even a beginner can follow.
- Customizable: Perfect for adding your own twist with different seasonings or dips.
- Kid-Friendly: A sure hit with the younger crowd.
- Party Favorite: Great for feeding a group without much hassle.
- Versatile: Serve them as an appetizer, snack, or part of a casual meal.
Crescent Roll Dough: The star of the show. Choose a dough that's fresh and refrigerated for a light, flaky texture. When it's cold, it's easier to handle and cuts cleanly.
Cocktail Sausages: Look for pre-cooked sausages to save time. They come in a variety of flavors, so feel free to experiment with different types like chicken, turkey, or even veggie sausages. We used lil smokies.
Eggs: A crucial element for the egg wash, which gives the blanket its golden shine. Fresh, organic eggs can add a richer flavor and color.
Poppy Seeds: These little seeds are more than just a garnish. They add a nutty flavor and an extra crunch. If you don’t have poppy seeds, sesame seeds can be a great alternative, or use everything bagel seasoning or just leave them out all together.
We used a 12 count can of crescent rolls for our lil smokies. If you can only find 8 count, be sure to grab 2 cans to have enough dough for all the mini sausages.
- Oven: Essential for baking. No oven? A toaster oven can work in a pinch.
- Baking Sheet: For even baking. A pizza stone can be a great alternative.
- Pastry Brush: For applying the egg wash. Alternatively, use a small spoon or your fingers.
- Sharp Knife: For cutting the dough. Scissors are a good substitute.
- Parchment Paper: Helps prevent sticking and ensures easy cleanup.
Preheat and Prepare: Begin by heating your oven as per the dough package's instructions. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper for a non-stick surface.
Unroll the Crescent Dough: Gently unroll the crescent dough and separate the triangles along the perforated lines.
Creating Smaller Triangles: Cut each triangle in half to make 24 smaller pieces, matching the number of sausages.
Wrap the Sausages: Place a mini sausage on the wider end of each dough triangle. Roll it up snugly like pigs in a blanket.
Egg Wash Magic: Beat the eggs in a bowl. Brush each dough-wrapped sausage with egg wash for a golden finish.
Sprinkle Poppy Seeds: Lightly sprinkle the poppy seeds over each of the mini crescent dogs.
Bake to Perfection: Arrange the mini hot dogs on the baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 15-18 minutes.
Serving Time: Let the crescent roll hot dogs cool slightly before serving with your favorite dips.
And that's it! Serve your pigs in a blanket on individual plates for dinner, or put them in a circle around a dipping bowl and serve them as a holiday appetizer.
If you'd like you could add a small piece of sliced cheese (we like American cheese or even pepper jack cheese) wrapped around each of the little smokies before wrapping them in the crescent roll dough.
Chill the Dough: If the dough becomes too warm, place it in the fridge for a few minutes. Cold dough is easier to work with and holds its shape better.
Consistent Wrapping: Try to wrap each sausage similarly so they cook evenly.
Golden Perfection: The egg wash isn't just for color - it also helps the seeds stick. For a vegan option, brush with almond milk mixed with a little maple syrup.
Keep Them Apart: Don't let them touch on the baking sheet; they need space to expand and brown evenly.
Bake on the Middle Rack: For even heat distribution, bake them in the center of your oven.
Customize the Size: If you prefer a doughier snack, cut larger triangles. For more sausage flavor, cut smaller pieces of dough.
These Mini Pigs in a Blanket are the perfect combination of fun and simplicity, making them a hit for any occasion.
- 1 can Refrigerated Croissant Dough (12 count) or 2 cans of 8 count Dough
- 24 Cocktail Sausages (pre-cooked)
- 1-2 Eggs, beaten
- 1 teaspoon Poppy Seeds
- Preheat the Oven to 350°F (175°C).
- Open crescent dough and carefully unroll it. You'll find 12 triangular pieces of dough.
- Cut the dough along the perforated lines of the dough triangles to make 24 smaller triangles. This will provide enough dough to wrap around each mini sausage.
- Wrap mini sausage at the wide end of one the dough triangles and roll around the sausage. Repeat with all the sausages and dough triangles.
- In a small bowl, beat eggs. Using a pastry brush lightly brush each wrapped sausage with the beaten egg.
- Sprinkle poppy seeds over the egg-washed dough-wrapped sausages.
- Place the prepared mini piggies in a blanket on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Leave room between each one to allow for even baking.
- Place baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for about 15-18 minutes, or until the piggies in a blanket are golden brown and the dough is cooked through.
- Once baked, remove the mini piggies from the oven and let them cool slightly before serving.
- You can serve them with your favorite dipping sauces like ketchup, mustard, or barbecue sauce.
Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
In the Fridge: Let them cool down and then store in a container. They’re good for a quick snack over the next few days.
Freezing Uncooked: Assemble, but instead of baking, place them on a baking sheet in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer bag. Bake straight from frozen, adding a bit more time.
Reheating: Refresh them in a preheated oven at 350°F for about 5 minutes. Microwaving can make them soggy, so an oven is best for that fresh-baked taste.
- For a Healthier Twist: Substitute regular croissant dough with a whole wheat version.
- Dairy-Free: Look for dairy-free croissant dough and use a milk substitute for the egg wash.
- Meat Substitutes: There are great plant-based sausages available for a vegetarian version.
- Everything Bagel Seasoning: Instead of poppy seeds, use everything bagel seasoning for a flavorful twist.
- Cheese-Stuffed: Place a small piece of cheese inside the dough with the sausage for a melty surprise.
- Sweet & Savory: A bit of brown sugar and cinnamon in the dough can create a sweet and savory treat.