Pigs in a Blanket – Did your Mom make this when cooking with kids? I love them – not so healthy but yummy

Share

Many folks in our home town used sausages with pastry when cooking with kids. Only when I traveled to the UK did I hear the term “Pigs in a blanket”. It was used even more often when I came to the USA. So here is a recipe for that delicacy –  homemade biscuit dough  wrapped around sausages or hot dogs. In Johannesburg, we even used a South African Sausage called BOEREWORS made from spicy meat. We could add a salad and  maybe some chips and so we had a meal.  Now this is NOT the most healthy meal but once in a while not so terrible. Everything in moderation eh?

A  blanket wrapped around a hot dog—or better, a chicken and sun dried sausage —sure beats a store-bought  bun.  A narrow strip of cheddar down the  center of the dog makes them even better for some although that is not my preference.

       Nowadays, its easier – buy pizza dough ( frozen in the supermarket or from my favorite on line store – Prepared Pantry) and use chicken sausages which are at least a bit healthier and you are on your way! Don’t forget to put on music – makes cooking SOOOO much fun! We love the Tickle Me song for this one! By the way – if you click here you can download our coloring books – the first one is FREE!

How to Make Pigs in a Blanket with Bread  or Pizza Dough – have your kids help you do the wrapping – they will love it!

You’ll need sausages,  or  hot dogs plus bread or pizza dough.  Our pizza crust mixes are perfect because the dough  is soft and easy to work with without springback.

  1. Mix the dough per package instructions.  (With a stand type mixer and a dough hook,  add the water and yeast and mix for four minutes.)
  2. Roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness and cut out the  shapes.  For little sausages, we used  2-inch diameter circles.  For hot  dogs—because they are longer—you’ll want rectangles or ovals.
  3. Spread mustard or another condiment on the dough.  Do not spread mustard where the two edges  will overlap.  I like all kinds of mustard.
  4. If you are using brats or hotdogs, consider splitting  them and placing a strip of cheese in the split.
  5. Wrap the dough around the meat pressing the two dough  edges together where they overlap.  Let  rest for 30 to 45 minutes or until the dough doubles in volume.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 7 minutes or until the  dough starts to brown.  Serve hot.

How to Make Pigs in a Blanket with Biscuit  Dough

I have used butter-based biscuit recipe and hot  dogs to make these pigs in a blanket.   You can use a good biscuit mix.  Prepared Pantry’s New England Cheddar Biscuit Mix works  great.

Ingredients

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

8 tablespoons cold butter cut in pieces

1 1/3 cups buttermilk

hot dogs or sausages

Whipped mustard or other spreads

cheddar cheese (optional)

Directions           Preheat  the oven to 425 degrees.

  1. In a large  bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in the butter until the mixture  forms coarse pieces.
  3. Add buttermilk and stir the mixture with a fork until most of the dry  ingredients have been moistened. Turn the ingredients onto the counter and  knead and fold until the dough is formed. Do not knead longer than necessary.
  4. Roll or pat the dough to about 1/4-inch thickness and cut into a circle with  a biscuit cutter for small sausages or into oblong or rectangular pieces for  hot dogs. (The tendency is to roll the dough too thick. Remember that the dough  will double in thickness when baked.)
  5. Spread mustard or another condiment on the dough.  Do not spread mustard where the two edges  will overlap.  One option is Elki  Maple Bacon Whipped Mustard Spread.
  6. Place a hot dog or sausage on each. For hot dogs, slice the dogs lengthwise  about half-way through the dog. Place mustard or a cheese stick in the opened  dog.
  7. Fold the dough around the dog or sausage. Place the biscuits on a greased  baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 9 minutes or until the tops are just golden brown and  biscuits sound hollow when gently tapped. Serve warm.
Prepared Pantry offers a bunch of different spreads for you to add. Here are just a few.

Meal Suggestions

To make your blanketed pigs a full meal, try biscuit-wrapped brats with steamed broccoli or fresh peas, and sliced tomato or a full salad. Here it is midwestern style – with corn on the cob!

Or how about an Italian Herb Pizza-dough-wrapped hot dog with a slice of cheese in the middle, accompanied by potato salad, corn on the cob, and fresh grapes.

 Use a bread mix to make pocket sandwiches and  piroshki.

Share

About Grandma

I have reinvented myself many times during my life -teacher, lawyer, business woman, CEO, Entrepreneur, Board member, Professor, Mom, Wife, Farmer, Chef, Musician, Author and now my best role of all - Grandma to multiple grandchildren, grandnephews and nieces worldwide.
This entry was posted in Blog, Family, Meat, Recipes, Recipes to Make with Children and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*