Pigs in a Blanket are cocktail-sized sausages wrapped in strips of a crescent roll dough, baked to a golden brown, and brushed with garlic butter. It’s the perfect finger food to serve at your Christmas party! For a full-sized serving, try my Pigs in a Blanket made with hot dogs and cheese.
Pigs in a Blanket
You can find the first written account for a Pigs in a Blanket recipe in Betty Crocker’s Cook Book for Boys and Girls, published in 1957. They are easy to make and fun to eat! So, when it’s time to serve some New Year’s Eve appetizers, make a few of these popular snacks that both adults and children love. Seriously, you will be surprised at how fast this appetizer will disappear! And, they are SO EASY to make. In fact, I also have Pigs in a Pretzel Blanket that are just as good! I will let you know how you can make them in an air fryer, too.
Ingredients & Substitutions
Dough: One part of this recipe that makes it so easy is the store-bought dough. Just grab a tube of crescent roll dough to use to wrap each sausage link. Pizza dough would also work as the ‘blanket’ in this recipe; however, baking time may need to be adjusted.
Sausages: Cocktail sausages are sausage links that are just a little smaller than regular sausage links. You will need 24 of them for this recipe. And, yes, you could use hot dogs, cut into smaller sizes that would just peak out from the dough when wrapped.
Egg: Beat an egg to brush over the dough for a nice golden brown color when baked.
Garlic Butter: I love the added flavor of garlic butter brushed over the baked pigs in a blanket, so don’t forget about that! (Although, they are simple and delicious even if you leave that off.)
For Serving: Of course, ketchup and mustard are obvious dipping options for pigs in a blanket. But, they would also be delicious with honey mustard, cheddar cheese sauce, beer cheese, or even BBQ sauce. Dip away!
Can I Make These Ahead of Time?
Sure! It’s easy to get this appetizer assembled and stored in the refrigerator the night before. Cover the pigs in a blanket with plastic wrap and place them in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Or, freeze them for up to 2 months. Place the assembled appetizers onto a baking sheet and into the freezer for an hour or two, or until they are solid. Finally, store the frozen appetizer in a freezer-safe bag or container for up to two months. When ready to bake, let them thaw in the refrigerator. If you bake them directly from frozen, you will need to add a significant amount of baking time.
Air Fryer Pigs in a Blanket
If your oven is being used for another appetizer or a main dish, get out your air fryer to make these pigs in a blanket. Follow the assembly instructions. Then, instead of baking them in the oven, place a few into the basket of your air fryer. Air fry for 6-8 minutes at 325°F, flipping them halfway through. The size of your air fryer will determine how many batches you will need to make. Don’t forget about the garlic butter!
How to Store
Although best served warm and fresh, you can save any leftovers in the refrigerator. Store them in an airtight container for up to three days. Reheat them in the oven or air fryer.
Pigs in a Blanket Recipe
- 1 tube (8 ounces) crescent roll dough
- 24 links cocktail-sized sausages
- 1 large egg, beaten
Garlic Butter (optional but recommended)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, chopped
- ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 375°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Unroll the crescent roll dough onto a cutting board. Using a pizza cutter, cut the rolled-out dough in half lengthwise. Then, cut each rectangle of dough into 12, 2-inch strips. You will need a total of 24 strips of dough.
- Place one sausage onto each strip of dough. Tightly roll the sausage link in the dough until it is completely wrapped.
- Place the dough-wrapped sausage links onto the baking sheet, spaced about 2 inches apart.
- Use a pastry brush to brush the outside of each with the beaten egg.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes*, or until the dough is golden brown. While the wrapped sausage links are baking, mix together the garlic butter.
- In a small bowl, mix together the melted butter, garlic powder, parsley, and pepper. Brush over the baked pigs in a blanket.
- Serve warm with ketchup and mustard for dipping.
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