Miniature pigs in a blanket — cocktail franks wrapped in crescent dough and topped with an “everything bagel” seasoning — the best quick & easy party appetizer!
The perfect party appetizer!
If you’re looking for a quick appetizer that is sure to impress, these pigs in a blanket are the perfect solution. They’re great for a New Year’s Eve appetizer (a few more coming your way these next couple of days!), the Super Bowl, or really any time you’re celebrating with a crowd and are in need of finger food.
The “secret” that makes these pigs in a blanket really stand out is the seasoning that gets sprinkled on top. It’s a blend of minced onion, garlic, sesame seeds, poppyseeds, and salt otherwise affectionately known as an everything bagel seasoning. This seasoning mix makes these pigs in a blanket go from good to outstanding without hardly any extra effort! (If you’re looking to save even more time, you can purchase this blend already made at some grocery stores!)
Below I’ll break down how to make this easy snack, talk more about what makes these the best, share a dipping sauce recipe with you, and share some steps to make this appetizer in advance.
So first, let’s talk about how to make these little smokies in a blanket.
How do you make pigs in a blanket?
- These go exceptionally quickly because we’re using pre-made dough – start by cutting up crescent roll dough. Each triangle gets cut into 3 pieces
- Spread dijon mustard over the dough — just a tiny bit goes a long way!
- Roll individual mini hot dogs, cocktail franks, or little smokies and place on a tray
- Brush the dough with an egg wash and add a sprinkle of the seasoning mix to each pig in a blanket
- Bake and enjoy these on their own or with a dipping sauce
How do you make the BEST pigs in a blanket?
There really isn’t much to making pigs in a blanket (they’re super quick and easy), but a couple of things set these apart and make them the best:
- A killer seasoning: as I’ve mentioned a few times, we’re using my take on an everything bagel seasoning — it adds so much flavor to the dough of this pigs in a blanket recipe.
- An amazing sauce: I found this tangy dipping sauce a couple years ago and fell in love with it — sour cream, mustard, and mayo — it’s such a delicious sauce for pigs in a blanket.
Can you make pigs in a blanket in advance?
A great deal of this pigs in a blanket recipe can be made in advance:
- Fully assemble the pigs up until brushing them with an egg wash.
- Prepare the seasoning mix and set aside.
- Prepare the dipping mix and store, covered, in the fridge.
- Right before baking: brush the dogs with the egg wash, top with the seasoning, and bake.
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Miniature pigs in a blanket -- cocktail franks wrapped in crescent dough and topped with an "everything bagel" seasoning -- the best quick & easy party appetizer!
- 1 tablespoon poppyseeds
- 1/2 tablespoon white sesame seeds (I like to buy the toasted white sesame seeds!)
- 1/2 tablespoon black sesame seeds
- 2 teaspoons dried minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
- 1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt*
- 1 (8 ounces) original refrigerated crescent dough (8 count)
- 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 24 mini BEEF hot dogs or cocktail franks
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup sour cream (full fat recommended)
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise (full fat recommended)
- 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
Prepare the seasoning: Add the poppyseeds, white sesame seeds, black sesame seeds, dried minced garlic, dried minced onion, and salt* to a small bowl. Stir to combine and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper or a silpat liner and set aside.
Unroll the crescent dough (use from straight out of the fridge) and cut each triangle of crescent roll dough into thirds lengthwise so you'll have 3 small/thin strips from each triangle (24 total).
Brush the dough strips very lightly and evenly with the Dijon mustard. Put the hot dogs on the wider side of dough and roll up them up.
Place them with the seam side down (so it doesn't lift) on the prepared sheet pan. With a fork, briskly whisk a full egg until smooth. Brush that egg wash over the dough and sprinkle each pig in a blanket with the seasoning mix (just eyeball for how much you'd like)
Bake in preheated for 10-14 minutes or until lightly golden brown. If desired, serve with the dipping sauce.
To make the dipping sauce: whisk all of the ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate until using and serve alongside the pigs in a blanket.
*Add salt to personal preference/discretion. Between the dough and hot dog these are pretty salty on their own, but if you like a super salty treat, add in some additional.
Recipe adapted from Food Network
(Nutrition Facts do not take the dipping sauce into account)