Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Pigs In A Blanket

I know what you're thinking.  Why is she putting up a recipe that everyone knows how to make already?  Who doesn't know how to make Pigs in A Blanket, right?   Well, I'll have you know I take my Pigs In A Blanket, Hogs in a Sleeping Bag, Dogs in an Overcoat or whatever you want to call them very seriously! After all I'm putting them out as an appetizer for my guests at a party or making a snack for friends.  Why wouldn't I want them to be the talk of the night? Why wouldn't I want my friends to ask for more?

You're probably thinking that there’s not much to making these wonderful little bites.  A package of canned dough, mini cocktail franks, and a side of mustard for dipping and you’ve got yourself a dish, right?  I beg to differ. 

Pigs In A Blanket

1 pkg cocktail franks, breakfast sausage links or reg dogs cut into thirds1 package of puff pastry sheets, thawed but still coldDijon mustard, as neededcooking spray2 eggs, beaten
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Remove the cocktail franks from their package and pat them dry with a paper towel. Poke 1-2 small holes in each frank and set aside.

Unroll each pastry sheet onto a clean work surface. Take a cocktail frank (or sausage link or third of your regular sized hot dog) and measure out a little less than the width of it on the pastry sheet and cut the sheet into long, thin strips. Divide the strips into 3-inch pieces that are long enough to wrap around the whole frank or sausage link.

 To assemble,  wrap each pastry strip around a cocktail frank. Press the seam with your fingers to seal, and then set it seam side down on a baking sheet greased with cooking spray or lined with parchment paper or a silicon mat. Continue to assemble the rest of the cocktail franks with the pastry strips.

Add 2 tablespoons of water to the beaten eggs and whisk quickly to combine. Using a pastry brush, brush each miniature hot dog with the egg wash, then bake in the oven until the puff pastry is golden brown, about 15 minutes. Dip in your favorite mustard or other sauce and enjoy!

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