Homemade Pigs in a Blanket . . . with a made from scratch dough, these pigs in blankets are extra yummy. A favorite of kids of all ages!
Homemade Pigs in a Blanket
Here’s a random piece of trivia that means basically nothing, but is kind of fun. April 24th is National Pigs-in-a-Blanket day. Because here in the U.S. we like to come up with totally random holidays for every.single.day.of.the.year. Seriously. We are a strange people.
I have fond memories of eating pigs in a blanket for school lunch when I was in Elementary School. We usually took a bagged lunch from home, but occasionally my mom would let us eat school lunch. I loved the pigs in a blanket.
That was back in the day when school lunch was totally prepared from scratch, unlike the pre-processed, packaged crap that they feed our kids now. Really, how hard is it to make a peanut butter sandwich? Apparently so much work that they must be purchased in little plastic bags. So disgusting!
Now that I’m grown, I am not all that fond of hot dogs. But wrap some homemade dough around a hot dog, and I’ll admit that I actually enjoy them.
Pigs in a blanket are of course still not the healthiest food out there, so we only have them a couple times a year. They make me feel like I’m a kid again. And my boys love them!
But I digress. Back to the pigs in a blanket recipe.
How to make Pigs in a Blanket Dough
- instant yeast
- olive oil
- hot water
Combine sugar, yeast, salt, olive oil, milk, and water in a Bosch or Kitchenaid. Add enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead on low speed until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Let dough rest for about 5 minutes.
Our lunch ladies made the dough, rolled it into ropes, and wrapped it around the hot dogs, so that’s how I do it.
If you prefer you can roll the dough into a circle, cut it into triangle shapes with a pizza cutter, and roll up the hot dogs like crescents. Either way they are soft and delicious.
How to Cook Pigs in a Blanket
Place them on a large baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick spray or lined with a silicone liner. Let them raise for about 20-30 minutes. While they raise, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes, or till golden brown. If desired, brush them with melted butter.
How Do You Keep Pigs in a Blanket Warm?
You can stack them in a cake pan, cover it with aluminum foil, and place the pan in an oven heated to 200 degrees. Alternatively, you can keep them warm in a crockpot on the low setting. I like to place paper towels in between layers, because they have more of a tendency to get soggy in the crockpot.
Should You Refrigerate Pigs in a Blanket?
Yes, since they are a meat product, the leftovers definitely need to be refrigerated. I like to place them in gallon sized ziplock bags. You can reheat them in the microwave, or place them on a baking pan, cover them with foil, and heat them in the oven at 300 degrees.
Can You Eat Pigs in a Blanket Cold?
Technically you could because the hot dogs are safe to eat. I would not recommend it though, they are definitely best hot or warm. Some of my kids would probably be fine eating them cold, but just the thought of it makes me sick. So if you do it, please don’t tell me about it. Haha.
I usually use part whole wheat in the dough to make them a little healthier, but you can use all white if that’s what you have. Making the dough from scratch takes a little time, but I think they taste so much better than the ones made with canned crescent dough. And I can pronounce all the ingredients in them, which is always a bonus.
Here are a few more kid friendly dinner recipes:
Homemade Pigs in a Blanket
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 2 tsp. SAF instant yeast
- 1 ¼ tsp. salt
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 cup hot water
- 3 cups flour, more or less (I used half whole wheat flour)
- 8 hot dogs
- Combine sugar, yeast, salt, olive oil, milk, and water in a large mixing bowl. (I used my Bosch.) Add enough flour to make a soft dough.
- Knead on low speed until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Let dough rest for about 5 minutes.
- Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a rope and wrap around a hot dog. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Let rise for 20- 30 minutes.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 350° until lightly browned, about 15-18 minutes.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 408 Total Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 28mg Sodium: 779mg Carbohydrates: 48g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 2g Protein: 13g