Best-Ever Pigs in a Blanket

published Jan 14, 2023
Pigs in a Blanket Recipe

Homemade pigs in a blanket are the perfect last-minute appetizer.

Makes24

Prep15 minutes

Cook13 minutes to 15 minutes

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Credit: Kelli Foster

Any time there’s an occasion for appetizers, be it game day, New Year’s Eve, a backyard cookout, or a fancy cocktail party, my husband’s go-to is pigs in a blanket. And last year, after years of simply buying a box from the freezer aisle, I decided to try my hand at making them myself. So, I grabbed a can of crescent roll dough (hello, buttery, flaky goodness!) and a package of mini cocktail sausages and got to work. And you know what I learned? It is surprisingly easy to make pigs in a blanket at home! I can’t believe I never tried it sooner.

Credit: Kelli Foster

What to Add to Make Them Special

So, you’re making pigs in a blanket for game day and you want to make them extra special. I’ve got a few hot tips to make them stand out so they’re even more of a hit. For starters, you’re gonna want some solid dipping sauces (more on that below). My absolute favorite way to make pigs in a blanket feel special is by sprinkling some flaky salt or a spice blend on the dough before baking. Everything bagel seasoning is always a crowd-pleaser (and adds a really nice crunch), and seasoning blends like Everything But the Elote and the Green Goddess blend from Trader Joe’s would both work well.

Best Dipping Sauces for Pigs in a Blanket

Mustard and ketchup are classics here, but truly any kind of dip, spread, or dressing, be it homemade or store-bought, is fair game here. Here are a few favorites to try.

Appetizers to Serve Alongside Pigs in a Blanket on Game Day

There’s nothing better than a solid spread of apps for nibbling during game time. Creamy dips (with chips, crackers, or cut veggies for dunking) are always a good idea, as are wings, jalapeño poppers, and nachos.

Pigs in a Blanket Recipe

Homemade pigs in a blanket are the perfect last-minute appetizer.

Prep time 15 minutes

Cook time 13 minutes to 15 minutes

Makes 24

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1

    large egg

  • 1 teaspoon

    water

  • 1 (12- to 14-ounce) package

    cocktail-sized smoked sausages or little smokies

  • 1 (8-ounce) can

    refrigerated crescent roll dough

  • Flaky salt or everything bagel spice, for sprinkling (optional)

Equipment

Instructions

  1. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 375ºF. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

  2. Whisk 1 large egg and 1 teaspoon water in a small bowl until combined. Pat 1 (12- to 14-ounce) package cocktail-sized smoked sausages or little smokies dry with paper towels.

  3. Unroll 1 can refrigerated crescent roll dough on a work surface. Separate the dough along the perforated seams into 8 triangles. Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to cut each triangle lengthwise into 3 narrow triangles, 24 total.

  4. Place 1 sausage at the wide end of a dough triangle. Roll towards the pointed end, wrapping the dough around the sausage and allowing the dough to overlap. Place on the baking sheet seam-side down. Repeat with the remaining sausages, spacing them evenly apart on the baking sheet.

  5. Brush the tops and sides of the dough with a thin layer of the egg wash. Sprinkle with flaky salt or everything bagel spice if desired.

  6. Bake until the dough is puffed and golden brown, 13 to 15 minutes. Serve warm with mustard, ketchup, or your favorite dipping sauce.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Rewarm in a 300ºF oven until warmed through.