Pigs in a Blanket are a fun and classic party food baked to perfection, making them a hot, simple, and easy appetizer that’s always a crowd pleaser. This best-of-the-best finger food will disappear as soon as it hits the table, delighting guests of all ages with its comforting and familiar flavor.
Are you looking for an effortless appetizer to make for a party? Well, you just found it! It doesn’t get much easier than this. Lil’ smokies wrapped in crescent dough and brushed with a mustard glaze. When these little smokies come out of the oven, they are steaming with incredible flavors.
Pigs in a blanket are a classic appetizer that everyone loves. In fact, after making them one time, they will become one of your go-to recipes for the whole family. They are so easy to make that even kids can help make them.
Why You’ll Love Pigs in a Blanket
- Ready in 20 minutes. These easy pigs snack bake in just 12 minutes.
- Versatile: Use your own dough or any type of canned dough.
- Easy recipe. There are just a handful of steps to follow, and anyone can make them.
- Quick snack. They are the perfect size for an appetizer, fun lunch, or a fast snack.
The full printable recipe card with measurements and instructions is found at the bottom of the post.
This is what you need before you make these little fancy appetizers.
- Lil’ Smokies: These little sausages are sold in packages and the perfect size.
- Crescent Roll Dough: Any type of canned dough will taste delicious.
- Unsalted Butter: Use unsalted butter to prevent them from tasting too salty.
- Minced Dried Onion: This is optional but gives them a fuller flavor.
- Dijon Mustard: This adds a tangy flavor.
- Poppy Seeds: These add an earthy flavor and a slight crunch.
- Sesame Seeds: These are optional but give the pigs in a blanket a saltier flavor.
- Worcestershire Sauce: This amps up the flavor as part of the glaze.
- Garlic Powder: Use garlic powder, not garlic salt, so it isn’t too salty.
How to Make Pigs in a Blanket
- Step One: Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line sheet trays with parchment paper and set aside.
- Step Two: Pat the Lil smokies dry with paper towels.
- Step Three: Unroll the crescent roll dough and cut each triangle into three long triangles.
- Step Four: Place one lil smokey at the end of one of the triangles and wrap it up like a crescent. Place it on the prepared sheet tray. Repeat with the remaining Lil smokies and rolls. Make sure they are not touching each other on the sheet tray.
- Step Five: In a small bowl, stir together the butter, dried onion, dijon, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder.
- Step Six: Brush the glaze all over the tops of the rolls. Use all of it!
- Step Seven: Place in the oven and bake for 11-12 minutes until lightly golden brown.
- Step Eight: Let them cool for a few minutes, then serve immediately.
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- Baking Sheet – You’ll use this to bake the pigs in a blanket.
- Parchment Paper – This prevents them from sticking to the baking tray.
- Paper Towels – You need paper towels to pat the lil’ smokies dry before baking them.
- Small Bowl – Use a small mixing bowl to make the glaze.
- Pastry Brush – Use this to brush the glaze on top of each pig.
What to Serve with Pigs in a Blanket
Here are some more hot appetizers that will taste delicious at your party.
- Cheeseburger Egg Rolls
- Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp
- Italian Sliders
- Air Fryer Pretzel Bites
- Grape Jelly Meatballs
Variations and Substitutions
- Make them in the air fryer. Cook them at 350F for 7 minutes, flip them over, and cook for another 7 minutes.
- Make them for breakfast. Use sausage links and dip them in maple syrup.
- Change the seasonings. If you don’t want to use the spices listed for the glaze, you can use everything seasoning: BBQ seasoning, creole seasoning, blackening seasoning, or lemon pepper; these would all be good as well.
- Use puff pastry. This takes them to the next level.
- Make cheesy pigs. Add a small square of sliced American cheese to the little smokies before you wrap them in the crescent rolls.
Store the homemade pigs in a blanket in an airtight container and keep them in the refrigerator for up to three days.
You can also freeze them. Wrap each in plastic wrap and store them in a freezer-safe food storage bag. Keep them in the freezer for up to three months.
Pigs in a Blanket Tips and Tricks
- Serve with ketchup or mustard for dipping. Use your favorite dipping sauce; there is no wrong answer.
- Brushing the pigs in a blanket with a classic “party sandwich” or baked slider glaze is the key to this recipe. Don’t skip this part. Alternatively, you can also use an egg wash instead of melted butter.
- Use a themed tray. If you’re serving them on game days, place this party appetizer on a football-shaped platter.
- Cut dough with a pizza cutter. This is especially important if you make homemade dough or store-bought dough that isn’t pre-cut.
Why Are They Called Pigs In A Blanket?
They are called pigs in a blanket because the sausages are made from pigs and wrapped in a blanket of dough. It’s a pretty simple and fun little name.
These fun little appetizers go by a few different names. You might hear them called mini pigs, little pigs, franks in a blanket, wiener winks, or even kilted sausages.
Can I Use Hot Dogs?
To make larger pigs, wrap full-size hot dogs in crescent roll dough. If you want to keep them smaller, slice the hot dogs into 1-inch pieces and wrap them in smaller triangles.
How To Reheat
I don’t recommend using the microwave to reheat them because the dough will become too soft. Instead, reheat them in the oven or use an air fryer.
How Many Per Person?
I recommend planning for about 3-5 per person, but that is up to each person. Some people could eat an entire tray of them; they are that delicious!
How To Add More Flavor
Sprinkle everything bagel seasoning on top instead of the onion, garlic powder, sesame, and poppy seeds. Another way to add more flavor is to place a slice of Pepper jack cheese inside before you bake them.
Dips For Dunking
These taste delicious with any type of dipping sauce. Try them with any of these choices:
- BBQ Sauce
- Honey mustard
- Chili sauce
- Garlic butter
You can make them with any type of sausage that you want. Chicken sausage links, regular hot dogs, Vienna sausages, and cocktail sausages are all perfect choices.
Yes, you can use biscuit dough or any of your favorite homemade doughs. Just cut them into triangles.
This pigs in a blanket recipe makes about 24 crescent roll pigs.
Want another classic party appetizer? Here are some of my favorite easy appetizer recipes:
Pigs in a Blanket Recipe
- 24 Lil Smokies
- 1 can crescent roll dough
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter melted
- ¾ tbsp minced dried onion
- ½ tsp Dijon mustard
- ½ tsp poppy seeds
- ½ tsp sesame seeds
- ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- Pat the Lil Smokies dry with a paper towel.
- Unroll the crescent roll dough and cut each triangle into 3 long triangles.
- Place 1 Lil Smokie at the end of one of the triangles and wrap it up like a crescent roll.
- Place the wrapped smokies on the baking sheet. Repeat these steps with the other crescent roll dough. Make sure the wrapped smokies do not touch each other on the baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, stir together melted butter, dried onion, Dijon mustard, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder.
- Brush the glaze all over the top of the wrapped crescents and make sure to use all of it.
- Bake in the oven for 11 to 12 minutes until lightly golden brown.
- Let cool for a few minutes and then serve immediately.
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