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How To Make Pigs in A Blanket Without Crescent Rolls

pigs in a blanket made with crescent rolls

Pigs in a blanket are an excellent choice for appetizers or snacks and are loved by people of all ages. This dish is super easy to make and uses only two main ingredients. Most people use crescent rolls to make the blanket for pigs in a blanket, but crescent rolls are not required.

So, if you are wondering how to make pigs in a blanket without crescent rolls? We have a few ideas for you to try. Read ahead and find out!

 

What are pigs in a blanket?

Pigs in a blanket are typically a hot dog or sausage wrapped in dough and baked until the dough is cooked through.

Although this dish’s true origin is unclear, it is believed to have originated in the United Kingdom in the 1850s.

The dish is given this unique name because the hotdogs or sausages are made using pork, and when you wrap them in dough and bake them, they seem as If they are wrapped in a blanket. Hence the name pigs in a blanket originated.

 

Can you make homemade pigs in a blanket without crescent rolls?

Crescent rolls are made from a dough that offers a flaky yet soft roll. The name crescent is given to these rolls because the dough is shaped like a crescent or moon.

When making pigs in a blanket, the crescent roll dough is a top choice because it has a delicious, soft, yet flaky texture when baked. Plus, you can also buy premade crescent dough at grocery stores. Pillsbury Crescent Rolls are excellent. So, it’s convenient and thus widely used in almost every other pig in a blanket recipe.

Because crescent dough works so well in this dish, people often think you can’t make pigs in a blanket without crescent dough. Luckily, there are many substitutes for crescent dough.

 

Crescent rolls substitutions

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  • Biscuit dough: A simple biscuit dough is usually a great substitute for crescent dough, and you can also find a premade version in any grocery store. Biscuit dough is perfect if you like your blanket more flakey than moist.
  • Pizza dough: If you prefer a moist and soft blanket for your pigs, I recommend you try wrapping them up in pizza dough. Pizza dough uses yeast, which moistens the dough, and you can also get the premade version.
  • Puff pastry: Puff pastry is known for its lightness and flakiness. It offers layers of buttery goodness and is so delicious. You can also use it to make pigs in a blanket. Although the blanket won’t be as thick as the crescent dough, it is a good substitute for the crescent dough.
  • Pancakes: You can wrap your sausage or hotdogs in cooked pancakes. It is so filling and delicious. Dip them in maple syrup for an out-of-this-world taste.
  • Bacon: Another ingredient you can use to replace crescent dough when making pigs in a blanket is bacon. Certain variations of this dish use bacon to wrap the hot dogs. This variation is widely enjoyed in the United Kingdom. It offers taste and piggy goodness to those who love bacon. Plus, it is also low in carbs!

 

How To Make Pigs in A Blanket Without Crescent Rolls

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 12 minutes
  • Total time: 22 minutes
  • Serving: 4

Ingredients

  • 12 mini sausages or hot dogs
  • Pizza dough, as required
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced or garlic powder
  • 1 tsp parsley, freshly chopped
  • salt, to taste

Instructions

  • Cut the pizza dough into small triangles so that they wrap the mini sausages easily. You can use regular sausages and cut them into pieces as well.
  • Wrap the sausages in the pizza dough and place them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  • Add melted butter, minced garlic, chopped parsley, and salt in a bowl. Mix well.
  • Brush the mini sausages wrapped in pizza dough with this butter mixture.
  • Place the cookie sheet in a preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes at 375 degrees F.
  •  Once the pizza dough is golden, remove the baking sheet from the oven and serve the pigs in a blanket with a cheese sauce, honey mustard sauce, or your favorite dipping sauce. Enjoy!
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How To Make Pigs in A Blanket Without Crescent Rolls

Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 12 minutes Total time: 22 minutes Serving: 4

Ingredients
  

  • 12 mini sausages or hot dogs
  • Pizza dough as required
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 1 tsp garlic minced or garlic powder
  • 1 tsp parsley freshly chopped
  • salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cut the pizza dough into small triangles so that they wrap the mini sausages easily. You can use regular sausages and cut them into pieces as well.
  • Wrap the sausages in the pizza dough and place them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  • Add melted butter, minced garlic, chopped parsley, and salt in a bowl. Mix well.
  • Brush the mini sausages wrapped in pizza dough with this butter mixture.
  • Place the cookie sheet in a preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes at 375-degree F.
  • Once the pizza dough puffs up and gets a golden color, remove the baking sheet from the oven and serve the pigs in a blanket with a cheese sauce, honey mustard sauce, or your favorite dipping sauce. Enjoy!

What foods go with pigs in a blanket?

Pigs in a blanket can be served with a variety of finger foods, condiments, and dipping sauces. Here’s how to complement your pigs in a blanket for an enjoyable snacking experience.

Finger Foods:

  • Cheese cubes: A classic pairing with cocktail sausages.
  • Veggies: Carrot sticks, celery, and cherry tomatoes add a fresh crunch.
  • Bacon-wrapped dates: For a mix of sweet and savory.

Condiments and Dipping Sauces: You’ll want to have a variety for everyone’s tastes:

  • Ketchup: A kid-friendly favorite.
  • Mustard: Offers a sharp tang that contrasts well with the dough.
  • Honey mustard: For a sweeter twist on the classic mustard dip.
  • BBQ sauce: A smoky option that complements the savory sausage.
  • Cream cheese: Use as a dip or stuffing for a rich, creamy texture.

Extra Toppings:

  • Sprinkle sesame seeds, poppy seeds, or everything bagel seasoning on the dough before baking for added flavor and texture.

Storing Leftovers:

  • Keep any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator to enjoy later.

Remember to serve your pigs in a blanket with toothpicks for easy handling. Whether it’s a casual get-together or a festive celebration, these pairings will help ensure your party is a hit.

Frequently Asked Questions

These answers will guide you through some common inquiries about making and enjoying pigs in a blanket.

Can you cook pigs in a blanket in an air fryer?

Yes, you can cook pigs in a blanket in an air fryer. Set the air fryer to 390°F and cook for about 8 minutes, or until golden brown and puffed.

What are some creative pigs in a blanket recipe ideas?

For a twist, use different dough types like croissants or pretzels, or fill the insides with cheese, jalapeños, or your favorite condiments.

How long and at what temperature should pigs in a blanket be cooked in the oven?

Bake pigs in a blanket in a preheated oven at 375°F for 12 to 15 minutes until the dough is golden brown and the insides are hot.

What do the British refer to when they talk about pigs in a blanket?

In British cuisine, pigs in a blanket refers to small sausages wrapped in bacon, commonly served as a side dish, especially around Christmas.

Can you make pigs in a blanket ahead of time?

Absolutely, you can prepare pigs in a blanket in advance and refrigerate them overnight. Simply pop them in the oven when you’re ready to cook.

Can you reheat pigs in a blanket?

Yes, reheat pigs in a blanket in a 350°F oven for about 10 minutes or until they are warmed through.

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Author

  • Laurie Graves

    Laurie is a 50-something wife and boy mom, who loves to share easy recipes, DIY home ideas, and food hacks. She truly believes that with a little inspiration, anyone can make their home and meals feel special.

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