Easy Homemade Pigs in a Blanket
The best ever party snack, Easy Homemade Pigs in a Blanket recipe is quick and simple to make with easy to find ingredients. Salty, buttery, crispy….this is a childhood favorite of mine that I’m sure everyone remembers, too! You’ll bring this classic to every party this year.
Ok, ok…..so you all know I don’t really watch football for the football game….usually it’s for the food that accompanies the football game but, seriously, did you see the final play of the Eagles-Bears game this past Sunday? Holy nail biter!?!?!? That was the craziest final minute of any game. It’s like the Philadelphia Eagles like to keep everyone on the edge of their seats for the final minutes of every game.
Landon and I were watching the last few minutes….convinced there was very little hope left when Double Doink was heard all around the world. OMG. Stunned. Amazed. Dumbfounded. Elated. So many feelings in just seconds swept through the Philly area and they are now going to New Orleans.
You know I’ll be glued to the TV for that game but I’m just going to have a pile of these Easy Homemade Pigs in a Blanket at the ready for the stress eating marathon that will be the big championship game. They’re seriously the BEST Pigs in a Blanket ever made because of THE ONE THING I decided to change.
Whenever I make these Pigs in a Blanket from scratch, they always vanish in minutes. I just never seem to have enough so I’ll even make extra in advance and freeze them for a quick replenishment during parties. You don’t even have to thaw them, just pop them in the oven frozen and bake until golden brown.
How to Make Homemade Pigs in a Blanket
Making Homemade Pigs in a Blanket from scratch is totally easy to do. I used to make Pigs in a Blanket with crescent rolls in a can but when I made the switch to puff pastry it was a total game changer. I’m still a fan of the crescent rolls in a pinch but if you can get frozen puff pastry to wrap up your little weiners you will be rewarded with a flakey, buttery crust that’s simply addicting.
- Thaw your pastry dough according to package instructions.
- Roll out your puff pastry dough to a 14 by 14 inch square.
- Cut the dough into 1 1/2 inch squares and place one mini smoke in the center of the dough on a diagonal.
- Wrap the dough around the dog and place on a baking sheet seam side up.
- Brush the tops of the pastry with egg wash and sprinkle with your desired topping.
- Bake until golden brown and puffed up.
- Serve hot or room temperature with your favorite dipping sauce.
They’re so simple to make it’s silly!
The BEST Tips for Making Pigs in a Blanket
- Be sure your puff pastry dough is completely thawed before rolling or it will crack and tear.
- Pat dry your little smokies before rolling up in the dough. The extra moisture could make the dough soggy.
- If you don’t seal the dough with a bit of water and press lightly to seal, your Pigs in a Blanket could pop open in the oven while baking. To add extra insurance that they don’t pop open you can place them on the baking sheet seam side down.
- Customize your own Pigs in a Blanket with cheese, bacon, your favorite toppings and more. They skies the limit with this one.
The BEST Way to Cook Pigs in a Blanket
I’ve seen a few recipes where they fry their Pigs in a Blanket but I much prefer to bake them in a 350 degree oven until puffed and golden brown. I don’t really love the mess of frying and, seriously, these easy Pigs in a Blanket are fabulous just as they are baked in an oven. No need for extra calories!
Baking your Pigs in a Blanket doesn’t take long at all, simply pop them in the oven for about 15 minutes and you’re ready to go!
We also like to make this recipe with hot dogs (you have to cut larger squares to accommodate the size) but these mini Pigs in a Blanket are our absolute favorite. They’re just so fun to dip and pop into your mouth. Plus, smaller size equals less calories….right? RIGHT?
Can you make Pigs in a Blanket in advance?
YES! You can TOTALLY make these Pigs in a Blanket with puff pastry in advance! Just assemble them as instructed and then pop them in the refrigerator covered with plastic wrap until you’re ready to bake. Skip the egg wash and toppings until right before you bake.
Bake your Pigs in a Blanket in a 350 degree oven as directed (uncovered) for 12-15 minutes until puffed and golden.
To FREEZE your Pigs in a Blanket, simply assemble as directed and freeze in a single layer on a baking sheet. Once the pigs in a blanket are frozen, transfer to a zip top freezer bag and return to the freezer for up to 2 months.
To bake from frozen, arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet and baking in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes until puffed and golden.
Looking for even more easy appetizer recipes? Try these party favorites:
- Crazy addicting Everything Spice Pigs in a Blanket!
- My favorite Sweet and Spicy Candied Bacon…seriously, try it!
- Easy Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms, a total party FAVE!
- These easy Cranberry Brie Pastry Bites are amazing
- Best EVER Mini Crab Cakes
- Super simple Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips….yes!
Easy Homemade Pigs in a Blanket Recipe
Super easy Homemade Pigs in a Blanket is the ultimate party food for every occasion!
- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry dough, thawed
- 20 Mini Beef Franks or little smokies
- 2 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 large egg lightly beaten
- sesame seeds, everything bagel spice, poppy seeds, if desired
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Roll out the dough and cut into squares approximately 2 inches long.
Brush the dough with a thin layer of dijon mustard.
Wrap each frank in the dough on a diagonal so the two corners overlap and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment seam side up.
Brush the top of each "blanket" with egg and sprinkle with your favorite seasoning or leave naked. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown and puffed up.
Serve immediately with mustard or ketchup for dipping.
Pigs in a blanket can be made up to two days in advance and stored in the refrigerator covered with plastic wrap.
You can also FREEZE your pigs in a blanket on a baking sheet in a single layer and then transfer to a zip top freezer bag to freeze for up to 2 months.