These Puff Pastry Pigs in a Blanket have a beautiful and flaky golden-brown crust that is steps above the version we ate as kids. Serve these bite-sized appetizers at your next party with the homemade honey mustard sauce for the ultimate snack.
A polished take on a childhood classic
Let’s face it: pigs in a blanket are so fun to eat. Now that we’re adults, wouldn’t it be fun to create an updated version of the classic appetizer?
These Puff Pastry Pigs in a Blanket are exactly that! The classic recipe is made with crescent dough which is pretty boring.
Instead, we’re using puff pastry for its buttery, rich, and crisp flavor. In the end, you get a delicious snack that would fit right in next to the rest of your handheld party favors, like mushroom and goat cheese crostinis or cheddar and zucchini bites.
Pigs in a blanket with hot dogs have an undeniable quality about them that is completely irresistible. Pair them with all of your favorite hot dog toppings, like relish, ketchup, or my easy 3-ingredient honey mustard dip. Tangy and sweet, you can keep an extra batch of this dip in the fridge to use with cheeseburger stuffed biscuits or grilled cheese.
What are pigs in a blanket?
This fun party snack has a surprisingly rich history and has roots all over the world. Most pig in a blanket dishes involve sausage or hot dogs wrapped in either breading or bacon. The traditional recipe in the United States is made with a hot dog wrapped in pastry or croissant dough.
Homemade pigs in a blanket are usually served as bite-sized appetizers at parties, celebrations, or around the holidays. They also make a fun snack for both kids and adults (especially when dipping sauce is involved)!
What do I need to make homemade pigs in a blanket?
You can pick up the easy ingredients for this recipe without breaking your budget. Feel free to play around with the ingredients and flavors to make it your own. These are the basic ingredients you need:
This light and flaky pastry is made by folding lots of butter into the layers of dough. When the cold butter and dough bakes in an oven, it will puff up and consist of many melt-in-your-mouth layers. You can make your own if you’re feeling brave but buying it from the freezer section of your grocery store is much easier!
All you need is one sheet of pastry for this recipe. Make sure you let it thaw in the fridge overnight or on the countertop for about an hour. If you end up with leftover thawed pastry, serve the pigs next to my pear and goat cheese tarts as an extra snack.
Feel free to experiment with the type of hot dogs you use in this recipe. According to The Washington Post, Costco’s beef hot dogs are the absolute best and I love Hebrew National's dogs. Go ahead and use your current favorite, swap them for sausages, or use meat-free hot dogs to make this recipe vegetarian-friendly.
An egg wash (made from whisking an egg with a little water or milk) will help seal the ends of the pastry while the protein gives the outside a beautiful golden color and a glossy shine.
If you don't love eggs, you can also wash the outside of the pastry with a little milk or cream.
How to make mini pigs in a blanket
This bite-sized snack isn’t only delicious to eat, it’s fun to make! They easily come together in a few steps:
Step 1: Cut each hot dog into 6 pieces, about 1-inch long. You'll end up with 36 pieces total.
Step 2: Roll out the puff pastry into a rectangle on a lightly floured surface.
Step 3: With the long edge towards you, cut the pastry vertically into 12 long strips.
Step 4: Cut the strips horizontally into 3 sections, resulting in 36 strips.
Step 5: Brush one end of each small strip with your egg wash. Starting at the end of the strip that does not have egg wash, roll up one hot dog piece and place it on the baking sheet seam side down.
Step 6: Using a pastry brush, evenly brush all of the pigs in a blanket with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Step 7: Bake the pigs in a blanket until they're golden brown and serve with homemade honey mustard sauce.
How to serve puff pastry pigs in a blanket
It just isn’t a pig in a blanket without the right dip. Serve them with everything you enjoy on your usual hot dog, like ketchup, mustard, or the homemade honey mustard sauce included in this recipe. They’re sturdy enough to dip in a little baked brie!
Go ahead and sprinkle the egg-washed pastry with a little salt, poppy seeds, everything bagel seasoning, or even shredded cheese for added crunch or flavor.
Can they be refrigerated?
Absolutely! You can roll the pigs in their blankets a day ahead of time and keep them covered in the refrigerator overnight. Give them the egg wash right before baking.
I don’t recommend storing them after they’ve been baked, because the pastry can become soggy.
Can they be frozen?
When ready to bake, brush on the egg wash and bake from fully frozen at 400ºF for about 25 minutes or until golden brown.
It's time to cook!
Okay, friend! You are all set to make this crowd-pleasing appetizer! When you do, please leave a comment below so I can hear how you loved them!
Puff Pastry Pigs in a Blanket
Pigs in a Blanket
- 6 hot dogs
- 1 large egg
- 1 sheet puff pastry
- 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
Pigs in a Blanket
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Cut each hot dog into 6 pieces, about 1-inch long, for 36 pieces total.
- Lightly flour your work surface. Roll out puff pastry to a rectangle about 12-inches by 10-inches.
- With the longe edge towards you, cut the puff pastry vertically into 12 long strips. Then cut the strips horizontally into 3 sections, resulting in 36 strips.
- Beat 1 egg with 1 tablespoon water.
- Brush one end of a strip of puff pastry with the egg wash.
- Starting at the end of the strip that does not have egg wash, roll up one hot dog piece in the puff pastry and place on the parchment-lined baking sheet seam side down.
- Repeat with all strips of puff pastry and hot dog pieces.
- Evenly brush all pigs in a blanket with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Bake until the puff pastry is golden brown, about 20 minutes.
Honey Mustard Sauce
- While the pigs in a blanket bake, make the sauce.
- Mix together all sauce ingredients and chill until ready to serve.
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