These little wrapped hot dogs make a delicious lunch or snack, and they're the perfect hors-d'oeuvres for a party or casual gathering. Plus, kids can't get enough of them. You can bake them for a party or television snack and watch them disappear. They are quick to make using canned refrigerated crescent rolls. While you could make your own dough, they already come in the right shape for wrapping the hot dogs.
Pigs in a blanket is a common term for hot dogs or Vienna sausages baked in a crescent roll. But you may also see the term used for sausages wrapped in pancakes for breakfast.
You want to use a type of cheese that will melt well during the baking time. Cheddar or American cheese are classic choices. Garnishing with sesame seeds or poppy seeds adds a little nutty flavor and will make them a little dressed up when serving them to adults.
Serve your pigs in a blanket with your favorite mustard. Kids are bound to like plain yellow mustard, and some will even prefer ketchup. Other ideas include a Creole mayonnaise sauce, a mustard and mayonnaise combination, or your favorite specialty mustard.
Gather the ingredients.
With a sharp knife, cut each hot dog down the middle lengthwise almost all the way through.
Cut each slice of cheese into 6 narrow strips (24 strips total).
Fit three strips of cheese into each hot dog.
Separate the crescent dough into triangles and wrap each hot dog starting with the long end of the triangle, stretching the dough a little to completely cover the hot dog.
If desired, brush the tops of each crescent wrapped hot dog with the optional egg and water mixture and then sprinkle lightly with sesame seeds or poppy seeds.
Place the wrapped hot dogs on a parchment paper or foil-lined baking sheet and bake at 400 F for 9 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove the pigs in a blanket to a serving plate.
Serve the pigs in a blanket warm with the preferred mustard or dipping sauce.
Store any leftover pigs in a blanket covered in the refrigerator. Reheat them in the microwave for breakfast, lunch, or a snack.
- To make smaller portions, fill the hot dogs with the cheese and then cut them in half crosswise. Cut a crescent roll triangle in half to wrap the hot dog halves.
- Use Vienna sausages or small pre-cooked breakfast sausages, cutting the crescent roll in half to fit the smaller size.
- If you substitute sausages, you must first cook any that aren't pre-cooked as the baking time will not be sufficient.
- You can omit the cheese for plain crescent roll hot dogs.
- Use veggie dogs for a vegetarian option. Pillsbury crescent rolls are vegan.