Pigs In A Blanket

Appetizers, Breakfast

The internet will tell you that Pigs In A Blanket is an appetizer made up of little cocktail wieners wrapped in baked pastry dough. These things flourished in the 50s, along with cigarettes, fondue, red lipstick and anti-depressants.

I personally don’t favor this variety of Pigs In A Blanket. Instead, I want the blanket to be fluffy, soft and light—more like a cashmere blanket. Yes.

And instead of cocktail wieners (ew), I like to use savory breakfast sausages I find in the freezer section of my grocery store. I actually found spicy ones which worked pretty well with the sweet flavors from the maple syrup.

I think I might’ve had this version of Pigs In A Blanket at a Denny’s or iHOP when I was a kid, and haven’t eaten/seen it since. What a shame.

This recipe couldn’t be simpler. Pancakes wrapped around sausage links.

Now, I usually prefer my pancakes to be all fluffy and tall-like, but in this occasion I needed them to be a bit thinner, this way they could actually fold around the link. Food math!

And with this recipe, the oven is your friend.

Everything gets transferred to a warm oven just as it’s done cooking. We have no room for cold food around these parts.

Oh and you could easily swap out these pork, spicy sausages for vegetarian, tofu breakfast sausages. Pigs In A Blanket for everyone!

I’m really into the idea of breakfast appetizers.

When I go to brunch I sometimes like to order something to start with. Just a little app.

This would be great for that. Though like all good appetizers, if you eat enough of them you can call them a full-on meal.

Pigs In A Blanket

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Yields 16

16 savory breakfast links
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups buttermilk, plus 1 tablespoon, shaken
1 large egg
3 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled

Butter For Skillet
Skewers

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. In a cast iron skillet, add a teaspoon of olive oil and heat over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the breakfast links and cook until both sides are golden brown, 3-4 minutes. Place the links on a parchment lined baking sheet and transfer it to the oven.

2. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Using a large measuring cup or a medium bowl, measure out the buttermilk. Add the egg and melted butter; mix until thoroughly combined. In one batch, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until barely combined.

3. Preheat your skillet over medium heat. Brush the skillet with a tablespoons of butter. Add a heaping tablespoon of batter to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes on first side. When small bubbles begin to form, flip on other side to cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Transfer to the oven to keep warm. Repeat the process until you have cooked your way through all of the batter.

4. To assemble, lay a sausage in the center of a pancake and fold, placing the skewer at the point in which the pancake overlaps.

Yields 16 Pigs In A Blanket

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    Reply christin December 19, 2012 at 9:09 am

    you just seriously upped the ante on this one. big time. i want to eat all of these.

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    Reply Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) December 19, 2012 at 9:13 am

    This looks so good! Love the idea of breakfast appetizers…hmmm

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      Reply First Night Design December 19, 2012 at 11:07 am

      I don’t like the original versions either (often called just sausage rolls in the UK) but these look and sound delicious!

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    Reply Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes December 19, 2012 at 9:15 am

    I love this idea! So much better than the traditional pigs in a blanket!

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    Reply RLT December 19, 2012 at 9:23 am

    In our house, pigs in a blanket means stuffed cabbage rolls. Blanched cabbage leaves are stuffed with a mixture of hamburger, rice and onions and baked in a tomato sauce. But, this is another good idea for Christmas brunch!

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      Reply Adrianna December 20, 2012 at 8:41 am

      Wow. That’s interesting.

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        Reply RLT December 21, 2012 at 10:39 am

        In North Dakota where Germans from Russia settled, we share a lot of dishes that blend the two cultures. I’m guessing the use of cabbage is from the years in Russia and possibly, the reference to pigs might have meant ground pork had been used in the past. They are also called halupsi (y) (e).

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    Reply joanna December 19, 2012 at 9:51 am

    adrianna, are you serious?? you’re killin’ me!!!!!!

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    Reply Tiff Koshiol December 19, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I’m thinking these would be great for our New Years Day breakfast at the cabin! Can hardly wait to try these! I know just the sausage I can get from our local butcher. Yum!

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    Reply Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen December 19, 2012 at 10:18 am

    These are just so fun! Perfect for Christmas brunch!

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    Reply Nicole December 19, 2012 at 10:57 am

    SO adorable

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    Reply Bev @ Bev Cooks December 19, 2012 at 11:20 am

    O.
    M.
    G.

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    Reply Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe December 19, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Super cute idea! I would definitely pick these over weiners in pastry dough!

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    Reply Little Kitchie December 19, 2012 at 11:49 am

    This is perfection!

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    Reply Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up December 19, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I didnt even now that the original version was not breakfast. I have only ever assoicated pigs in a blanket with sausage and pancakes. I have never been a huge fan, and i’m not certain why. These look so good that I am now craving some!

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    Reply a farmer in the dell December 19, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Where did you get that cutting board? I want one! Also, the recipe sounds delicious! yum!

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    Reply Margherita December 19, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Those are fantastic. Super original!

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    Reply NicoleD December 19, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    My hometown is very Dutch and pigs in the blanket are everywhere. It was always too heavy for me, but I can so get down with this!

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    Reply Dixya @ Food, Pleasure and Health December 19, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    such a great idea. i love pancakes, sausage and now together- absolutely YES!!! BTW love your blog and will be visiting it often 🙂

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    Reply Amy @Macncheesenpeas December 19, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    hahaha I much prefer this version of pigs in a blanket! Smart girl!

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    Reply Katie @ Blonde Ambition December 19, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    This is totally what pigs in a blanket should be!

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    Reply ladyneeva December 19, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Our version of pigs in a blanket was round steak wrapped around bacon and onion and braised in beef broth that was later thickened into a gravy with some sour cream added. But we’re german, we’re odd like that heh

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna December 20, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      Wow that’s cool!

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    Reply Erin December 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Love that cutting board. Wow. What’s on it looks great, too.

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    Reply Cass @foodmyfriend December 19, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    These look like the perfect anniversary breakfast in bed for Tyler. Might add some bacon and ice cream. I know.. he is totally gross!

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    Reply Chloe Moon December 19, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I will so be making these over the holiday weekend!! They look so good!! =)

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    Reply Jayne December 19, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    That’s the kind of blanker I want to be wrapped in! And I don’t mind being called pig to get that. 😉

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    Reply Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks December 19, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Wow! That is some serious pigs-in-a-blanket action going on! I love how you wrap the pigs in their cashmere blankets 😉

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    Reply Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking December 19, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    I love this reinvention. I also like the idea of brunch or breakfast apps. They should definitely start serving these in restaurants!

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    Reply Marie December 19, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    I’m so hungry for breakfast now! That looks so good! 🙂

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    Reply tina December 20, 2012 at 6:35 am

    this is why i keep coming to your blog! i get that tingling feeling like a school girl has her first crush. you are so adorable 🙂 pls where on earth can i get that pig cutting board???

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    Reply Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom December 20, 2012 at 7:15 am

    OMG, I LOVE this!!! this is how I would always eat my sausage and pancakes as a kid. . I don’t know why I stopped doing this! Brilliant!!!! and I love your pig wood platter. so cute!!!

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    Reply Monica December 20, 2012 at 8:15 am

    This is a really cute idea. I think my 7-year old would definitely get a kick out of it. He loves pancakes and these breakfast sausages. Add a skewer that resembles a sword of any kind and he is boundto be thrilled. Thank you.

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    Reply Tasha Zee December 20, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Why am I so hungry all of a sudden….. yum yum yum!

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    Reply travis December 20, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Im totally making these!

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    Reply travis December 20, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Im totally making these

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    Reply Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen December 20, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Couldn’t be more perfect. I’m doing this next time I make pancakes. Heck, I should make pancakes right away so I can make these!

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    Reply Bianca December 22, 2012 at 5:02 am

    these look so good. know what im doing for breakfast.
    these make me think of toad in the hole more than pigs in a blanket though.
    sausages cooking in yorkshire puddings.

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    Reply Mike December 23, 2012 at 11:37 am

    I made these last night with just regular Aunt Jemima mix and the store brand breakfast sausage and REAL Vermont maple syrup and they were sooooo good. The toothpicks didn’t really hold the pancake around the sausage, but that was ok. It was a great little treat for the evening. Thanks!

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    Reply Barea Carlos January 8, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Creatividad y una pinta estupenda.