Before rice crackers with tuna tartare and platters of canapes, there were pigs in blankets. A classic finger food that not only saved snack time, but in many ways, acted as the gateway to more mature appetizers, teaching early eaters just how playful and filing small bites of food can be. A very important lesson, indeed.
But for those avoiding meat, wheat products, sodium, or anything reminiscent of a 1970s cocktail party, pigs-in-a-blanket serve as a memory from the past rather than a go-to treat. Which is why it’s time to update them with healthy and, dare I say it, more flavorful, swaps and give vegetables a chance to warm up in some edible bedwear. So, as of today, sweet potatoes are the new pig, and zucchini is the new blanket.