Gourmet Piggies for the Super Bowl

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I really want to say something profound here.  I do.  But we’re talking about pigs in a blanket.  Bits of tubular meat wrapped in pastry from a can.  Not profound, not fancy, and certainly not healthy, but very delicious.

Have you ever been to a party where there were leftover pigs in a blanket?  Of course not. They fly off the tray. You may have half eaten bowls of crab dip, a mangled wedge of brie, or a bag of soggy chips, but never a forgotten pastry-wrapped hot dog.  No way.  Seriously retro and still as tasty as ever, they are a hit from Bar Mitzvahs to weddings to super bowl parties.

So I’m making a plea on behalf of your super-bowl guests this year: make pigs in a blanket.  Please.

Better yet, dress up your pigs in a blanket and make one of our favorite creations. You put fun toppings on your hot dogs, don’t you? Why not on piggies?

cuban sandwich pigs in blanket

Try Cubano Piggies, which taste like a warm and crusty Cuban Sandwich. These are my favorites, but that’s probably because I have a thing for pickles.

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Or go for Piggies Parmesan, a pastry wrapped bite of chicken parm.

pigs in a blanket with bacon and jalapeno

Of course, there are Piggies from the City of Angels, filled with jalapeno and bacon and a bit of brown sugar.  Sweet and smoky and spicy and wonderful, these are like Jeff’s catnip.

super chili pggy

And we can’t forget the ultimate piggy: The Super Chili Piggy.  Life is not complete without a chili cheese dog.  Yeah, that’s my philosophy and I’m sticking to it.  Serve ’em with sour cream. 

Or try your own combos.  I’m thinking kielbasa with sauerkraut wrapped in pastry would be yummy served with spicy mustard.  Perhaps a piggy with cumin sautéed onions served with a cucumber raita would be tasty.  The possibilities are endless! 

Cubano Piggies

Makes 24

1 package refrigerated crescent roll dough

6 pork hot dogs

2 ounces mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced into strips

1/4 pound deli sliced ham, cut in strips

1/8 cup thinly sliced dill pickles

horseradish mustard, for serving (or 1 cup mustard mixed with 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish)

Slice the dough in 24 strips. They won’t be even, but it doesn’t matter. Cut each hot dog in 4 pieces.  Make a small slit in each hot dog and stuff with a piece of cheese.  Top each hot dog piece with a slice or two of pickle, and wrap with a piece of ham.  Wrap with dough and pinch to secure. Arrange the piggies on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes until golden brown. Serve with the mustard.

Piggies Parmesan

Makes about 21

1 package refrigerated crescent roll dough

3 fully cooked Italian chicken sausage links

1/4 cup marinara sauce

2 ounces mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced into strips

1 tablespoon melted butter

1 tablespoon shredded parmesan cheese

1 tablespoons bread crumbs

Slice the dough in wide strips. They won’t be even, but it doesn’t matter. Cut each sausage on the diagonal in 1/2 inch thick coins. Place a dollop of sauce and a slice of cheese on each sausage coin.  Wrap with pastry and pinch to secure, taking care not to drip sauce.  Arrange the piggies on an uncreased baking sheet. Brush the pastry with melted butter and then sprinkle the piggies with the cheese and breadcrumbs. Bake at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes until golden brown. Serve with additional sauce if desired.

Piggies from the City of Angels

Makes 24

4 ounces bacon, chopped

1/2 cup minced jalapeno (about 3 peppers)

1/4 cup minced onion

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons water

6 all-beef hot dogs

1 package refrigerated crescent roll dough

In a skillet, saute the chopped bacon over medium-low heat until it starts to brown.  Add the jalapeno and onion and cook until the onion is soft, about 5 minutes.  Add the sugar and water and stir well, cooking 1 minute more.  Remove from the heat and set aside.  Cut each hot dog in 4 pieces.  Slice the dough into 24 strips, they won’t be even but it doesn’t matter.  Spoon a bit of the bacon mixture onto each strip of dough, top with a hot dog piece and roll to wrap, pinching the dough to secure. Arrange on an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes until golden brown.

Super Chili Piggies

Makes 24

1/4 pound ground beef

2 tablespoons minced onion

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 cup canned tomato sauce

salt and pepper

1 package refrigerated crescent roll dough

6 all-beef hot dogs

3 ounces cheddar cheese, thinly sliced into strips

1 cup sour cream, for serving

In a saucepan, brown the beef over medium heat, breaking up with a spoon. Once the meat is cooked, add the onion, garlic and chili powder and cook until the onion softens, about 3 minutes.  Add the tomato sauce and reduce heat to low.  Simmer at least 15 minutes.  Season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside the chili to cool slightly.  Meanwhile, slice the dough into 24 strips. They won’t be even but it doesn’t matter. Cut each hot dog into 4 equal pieces.  Cut a slit in each hot dog piece and stuff with a piece of cheese.  Spoon a bit of chili onto each piece of dough.  Top with a hot dog and wrap, pinching to secure.  Arrange on an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes, until golden brown. Serve with sour cream.

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  1. *scream* It’s Superbowl time already? Not that I watch it but I’m SURE a year didn’t just go by since last time all of you over the pond were posting Superbowl recipes – I still have a couple from last time bookmarked ^o^

    • Haha! Yes, Superbowl is just two weeks away. Honestly, it’s one of my favorite food ‘holidays’ of the year. I must have dozens of recipes saved that i want to make… we’ll see how many I get to this year and how many get put back in the box for next year!

  2. My dad hosts a super bowl party with my hubby every year and of course, I am asked to do the cooking. I sure will use some of those dishes. They look great ad very traditional for the super bowl time!

    Have a great week ahead.

  3. They are so cute. I’ll have to say that the chili piggies are my favorite. I don’t watch football but I’ll gladly have these anytime.

  4. Haha! ou are so right! they fly in minutes these little cuties! Need to make some for the non Super Ball watchers over here!

  5. Oh these little piggies look all grown up now! I don’t know which ones I’d like best- they all look so good! Perfect finger food for any occasion. 🙂

  6. I agree, maybe not profound but certainly delicious! I also love all these twists on the standard pigs in a blanket. They’re like fancy pigs in a blanket! 🙂

  7. Delicious looking piggies! Perfect finger food.

  8. I always scoff at pigs in a blanket, but the joke is on me b/c they are incredibly popular at any party! Not a profound culinary movement, but hey, if it’s what the troops want, the troops can have it! And to satisfy my desire to not use nasty hot dogs, I could use some slices of locally cured sausage… there, I feel much better 🙂

  9. I have never made pigs in a blanket, but I just found a recipe that sounds great, but the city of angels?!? ummm…need that now.

  10. Yummy – You got to love football food! These look fabulous. I can’t wait to see what you make for the Super Bowl! Go Steelers!

  11. Get out of town. I want to make every single version, though the jalapeno version seems even extra, extra special. What a great post for the Super Bowl – thanks for sharing!

  12. You are so right about pigs in a blanket. These delectable appetizers are gobbled up fast. Very rarely are there any leftover. Thanks for the reminder that these piggies will be served up at Super Bow. Awesome.

    Velva

  13. love sausage rolls as we call them in the UK

  14. I love all of these variations! They are every twenty year old boy’s dream.

    • So sad… I have the tastebuds of a 20 year old boy and the metabolism of a somewhat-older-than-20 woman…

  15. Wonderful ideas! I bet my kiddos would eat half of them before the crowd arrives!

  16. How clever! My boyfriend would love these.

  17. Oh, my children LOVE them (and so do I). In France, we make them with puff pastry instead of pate brisee… and I don’t need the SuperBowl excuse to make some. You just gave me a great idea for our weekly aperitifs tomorrow!! Merci

  18. Pigs in the blanket are a secret delight of my kids. It is something we enjoy when we go to friends houses; however, I’ve never made them at home. Why not… time for some fun finger food!

  19. What a great trio offering…especially the ones with parmesan ;o)
    These are incredibly adorable mouthfuls!

    Ciao for now,
    Claudia

  20. You know, those “piggies” are quite popular here in France, with a piece of a small sausage inside; they are even sold frozen (quite good quality, actually), and served usually as a snack before lunch – at least, this is how my mother in law does this. Kind regards 🙂

  21. Pigs in a blanket … our guilty pleasure. Nothing like those sweet and salty treats! Ramp up the leeks and other ‘flushing foods’ the day after Super Bowl! And you’re right! They’re at every Super Bowl party and they’re always scarfed up pronto! Excellent post!

  22. I was going to make pigs in a blanket for Super Bowl, but now I will be trying these!

  23. These look wonderful. Everyone always loves them and they’ll be a hit wherever you serve them. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  24. Terrific ideas to jazz up the typical pigs in a blanket. You’re right too. They do fly off the plate. My mother used to make the same thing for us kids as a treat when I was young using crescent rolls and regular hot dogs. We loved them!

    Kristi

  25. […] created some jalapeno cheddar pigs in a blanket and a new blog I found, Cozy, Delicious has three different variations to […]

  26. […] Cubano Piggies I told you about a couple weeks ago are fantastic, unexpected bundles of […]

  27. Man, I don’t like hot dogs, but when you turn them into a cubano I start to rethink things 😉

  28. These looks awesome. There’s some great ideas I’m going to have to borrow from here and the post has also given me some thoughts about what I could do with these.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    // Mike

  29. […] covered my obsession with Superbowl snacks before.  Last year, I made four varieties of gourmet pigs in a blanket and mac ‘n beer cheese soup. But this year I decided to go old school with BBQ turkey […]

  30. […] bowl snack?  Gourmet pigs in a blanket are a major crowd pleaser.  The last time around, I made Cubano Piggies, Parmesan Piggies, Piggies from the City of Angels, and Super Chili Piggies.  They were gobbled up in […]


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