Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Pigs in a Blanket

Little dogs or cocktail sausages wrapped in dough and baked. I think when you have a gathering of any kind, you pretty much have to have pigs in a blanket in attendance, don't you?
Little dogs or cocktail sausages wrapped in dough and baked. I think when you have a gathering of any kind, you pretty much have to have pigs in a blanket in attendance, don't you?

Pigs in a Blanket

These are without a doubt a great snack food whether just for the two of you for snacking, for family movie night, or as a party finger food and since you can cut the hotdogs into four pieces, its a snacker that you can really stretch out. I like them with tender hot dogs the best - and since I always stock up on dogs when they go on sale, it's very budget friendly, especially when you make your own dough. Y'all know I rock the Lil Smokies here too though they aren't my favorites, but those tiny smoked cocktail sausages also work great and save a little cuttin' up time, but their more costly too.

Seriously, this dough is super easy to make, especially using a standard baking mix most all of us keep on hand for things like quick biscuits or those good ole standby sausage cheese balls. Course, you can absolutely shortcut that too with a can or two of good ole crescent rolls. Since those are a little on the pricey side, you can even stretch those by cutting each little triangle into several strips.

I don't have to tell you these are just little bite size pieces of yum, do I? Good warm or even served at room temperature, making them the perfect carry-along food for tailgating and potlucks. The Cajun loves them - but really, who doesn't? And they are a perfect game day snack. You know you love them too - let's go make some!

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray it with non-stick cooking spray. Add baking mix to a medium sized bowl and add the milk. Dough will be pretty wet and gooey.


Let the dough sit for 5 minutes; it will firm up a bit. Sprinkle a piece of parchment or wax paper, or the counter, with some of the baking mix.


Turn the dough out, sprinkling more baking mix on top. Bring the dough together and knead until smooth and no longer sticky, about 10 to 15 times, sprinkling with additional baking mix as needed.


Roll dough into an oblong, rectangular shape and use a pizza cutter to square it up. Brush the dough gently with cooled melted butter if desired. Cut the dough into 16 even pieces.


Cut each piece diagonally to form two triangles per square.


Cut the hot dogs into fourths. Place a piece of hot dog on the wider end of a dough triangle and roll it up.


Place the pieces on the prepared baking sheet with the tip down and repeat with remaining pieces.


Bake at 450 degrees F for about 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush lightly with melted butter when you remove them from the oven. Serve with mustard, ketchup or your favorite dipping sauce.


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Recipe: Pigs in a Blanket

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 15 min |Cook time: 15 min | Yield: About 32 pieces

Ingredients
  • 2-1/2 cups baking mix
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 8 hot dogs, cut into fourths
  • Melted butter, optional
Instructions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray it with non-stick cooking spray; set aside. Add baking mix to a medium sized bowl and add the milk. Dough will be somewhat wet and gooey. Let sit for 5 minutes. Sprinkle a piece of parchment or wax paper, or the counter with some of the baking mix, and turn the dough out, sprinkling more baking mix on top. Bring the dough together and knead until smooth and no longer sticky, about 10 to 15 times, sprinkling with additional baking mix as needed.

Roll dough into an oblong, rectangular shape and use a pizza cutter to square it up. Brush lightly with cooled melted butter if desired. Cut the dough into 16 even pieces, then cut each piece diagonally to form two triangles per piece.

Place a piece of hot dog on the wider end of a dough triangle and roll it up. Place on the prepared baking sheet with the tip down and repeat with remaining pieces. Bake at 450 degrees F for about 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush lightly with melted butter when you remove them from the oven. Serve with mustard, ketchup or your favorite dipping sauce.


Everything Pigs in a Blanket: Beat one large egg and brush tops of the wrapped hot dogs. Sprinkle with a commercial Everything Bagel type of seasoning, or combine 1 tablespoon each dried onion flakes, garlic powder, poppy seeds and sesame seeds.

Stretch and Shortcut This: Can also substitute one or two cans of crescent rolls, regular or low fat, for the baking mix and milk. Crescents are a tad bit expensive, but you can stretch things by cutting each crescent triangle into several strips. Roll the dough over the hotdog pieces, wrap and bake according to package directions. Can also use cocktail smoked sausages, like Lil Smokies instead of hot dogs.

Skinny'd Down Pigs in a Blanket: Substitute a lower fat baking mix, like Bisquick Heart Smart, use fat free milk and turkey hot dogs, chicken hot dogs or fat free.

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