If comfort food is what you want, comfort food is what you'll get! Pigs in a blanket is a classic dish equipped with all the perks of enjoying a hot dog, without the downfalls of hot dogs being too big, and being wrapped in cold bread that isn't toasted. We're pleased to tell you that we've created a new variant that adds the addition of a simple, yet very impactful seasoning.
Trader Joes "Everything but the bagel" seasoning! The truly life-changing product.(affiliate link)
While we highly recommend this particular blend, you can easily make your own.
Trader Joes seasoning can be mimicked by mixing any of the following ingredients; sesame seeds, sea salt flakes, dried minced garlic, dried minced onion, black sesame seeds, and poppy seeds.
Here is our tried and true pigs-in-a-blanket recipe.
What You'll Need
1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a flat baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean-up.
2. Unroll the pastry dough, and cut into long, thin triangles (as seen in the picture).
- If you are using normal-sized dogs, cut them into halves or thirds to make smaller pieces.
3. You can slightly salt your dough triangles before rolling up your dogs for an enhanced flavor and better outcome!
4. Roll up each dog by placing it at the wide end of your triangle, holding in place, and rolling to the tip of your triangle until it’s folded into a nice pretty “blanket.”
5. Place on your baking sheet, and leave an inch of space between each dog. Crack and whip your egg in a small bowl, and bast each pastry with the egg. Continue coating the dogs until all the egg is used up.
6. Now sprinkle generously with the life-changing “Everything but the Bagel” seasoning.
7. Bake in the oven for 12-17 minutes (up to 20 minutes for larger pieces) or until pastry is flaky and doesn’t look doughy.
8. Let cool for a few minutes, and enjoy immediately.
Enjoy these with your favorite sauces, such as ketchup, mustard, ranch dressing (check out our favorite recipe), chili sauce, or even horseradish. Go crazy and experiment with whatever dips you love!
Some Other Variations
We like the simplicity of these pigs in a blanket, but if you're interested in trying new variations, here are a few ingredients others have found success with:
A Brief History of Pigs in a Blanket
The earliest record of "pigs in a blanket" is from approximately 70 years ago found in Betty Crocker's Cooking For Kids (1). The pork that is traditionally used can always vary, but is typically always pork. While we think of this dish to be primarily U.K. and U.S.A based, places like Russia, Israel, Japan and Canada all have their own unique ways of making it.
Czechs make a dish called Klobasnek, which is sausage in a kolache dough.
The Germans created a variations that is similar to the one we made here, but instead of an American hot dog, it uses German Brats.
In Mexico, they wrap a hot dog in a tortilla and deep fry it in oil (which sounds like an absolute dream!)
Wikipedia has a lot of information on pigs in a blanket. Check them out if you're interested.
The point is, this is a pervasive dish that is so tasty, every country has found a way to make it their own. All around, it is a cheap, delicious and filling meal that is hard not to love!
Pigs in a blanket has remained a staple in my life from childhood into adulthood. I don't think I'll ever stop trying to make this traditional snack as delicious as it can be. I experiment often, but I only share the recipes that really blow me away.
Who knows, maybe we'll try to put out an annual pigs in a blanket recipe for those interested. Let us know.
Also, let us know how you feel about pigs in a blanket. Are you a fan? Do you have a better recipe? We would love to hear from you.