How to Make an Easy Dinner with Pigs-in-a-Blanket using Biscuit Dough or Bread Dough

Pigs in a Blanket with cheese in the center

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Two Ways To Make Pigs In A Blanket, With Easy Dinner Ideas

I grew up with pigs in a blanket. Loved them. My mother wrapped biscuit dough around sausages or hot dogs. They were quick and easy and her kids were excited about them. She could add a salad and maybe some chips and had an easy meal. A blanket wrapped around a hot dog—or better, a brat—sure beats a store-bought bun. A narrow strip of cheddar down the center of the dog makes them even better.

Here's how to make an easy dinner with pigs in a blanket wrapped in bread dough

You can use sausages, brats, or hot dogs. You can use any bread dough. Our pizza crust mixes are perfect because the dough is soft and easy to work with without springback.

The secret to a soft, easy-to-work-with dough is a dough relaxer.  Pizza dough mixes have a dough relaxer so that you can roll thin crust pizzas.  You can add your own dough relaxer to any bread dough, about a two teaspoons per loaf will do.

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  1. Mix the dough per package instructions. (With a stand type mixer and a dough hook, add the water and yeast and mix for four minutes.)
  2. Roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness and cut out the shapes. For little sausages, we used 2-inch diameter circles. For hot dogs—because they are longer—you’ll want rectangles or ovals. Roll the dough into a rough rectangle and cut the dough into smaller rectangles with a knife.
  3. Spread mustard or another condiment on the dough. Do not spread mustard where the two edges will overlap.
  4. If you are using brats or hot dogs, consider splitting them and placing a strip of cheese in the split.
  5. Wrap the dough around the meat pressing the two dough edges together where they overlap. Let rest for 30 to 45 minutes or until the dough doubles in volume.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 7 minutes or until the dough starts to brown. Serve hot.

How to Make an Easy Dinner that Your Family will Love

Pick one of these easy dinner ideas. Specialty and artisan breads make great blankets for your pigs.

An Example of Pigs made with Bread Dough: "Black Pigs"

Note: This makes a ton of pigs. Freeze the leftovers for future meals.

Black Dogs, pigs in a blanket, with cheese in the center.
Black Pigs, pigs in a blanket, with cheese in the center and a dipping sauce on the side.

These are "Black Pigs"--pigs in a blanket made with Black Russian Bread dough. We made them in our test kitchen and served them in the store.  They were a real hit.

They are half pigs rolled in rectangular pieces of bread dough.

Alesa, the baker on this project, added two teaspoons of dough relaxer, mixed it in a bread machine set on the "dough" setting and then rolled the dough into a rough rectangular shape.

The dough was only about 1/4-inch thick.  The dough relaxer made the dough soft and easy to roll without springback.  The gluten would have made it difficult to roll without the relaxer.

Black Russian Breads cut open to show the thickness of the bread relative the dogs. There is about 1/2-inch of bread dough wrapped arond the hot dogs.
"Black Dogs" cut open to show the proper balance of meat to bread.

You can see the resulting profile, a nice balance of bread to meat.

She split the dogs lengthwise and cut cheese slices into half-inch wide strips to drop in the slits.

She spread a mixture of mustard and mayonnaise on the dough to within a half-inch of the ends of the dough. It was easier to weld the ends together without the spread between the two layers.

She added sweet relish to the remaining mayonnaise and mustard mixture to make a delightful sandwich spread for dipping.  (We did not serve the dipping sauce in the store but I loved it.)

The pigs were baked on a greased sheet at 350 degrees for ten to twelve minutes.

Freeze the leftovers. (Lucky you! You now have future meals in the freezer.)

As much as your kids (and adults) are going to love these pigs, you're going to have leftovers.  From one loaf of bread, Alesa got 32 pigs in a blanket.

That's okay. Divide them up, put them in ziplocks, and freeze them for future meals.  You may have three or four future meals already made ahead.

That's cool! Now let's move along to pigs in biscuit dough.

Make a Quick and Easy Dinner with Pigs in a Biscuit Dough Blanket

Step 1. Biscuit dough cut for sausages using a biscuit or cookie cutter. If you are using half-dogs, cut the dough into rectangles using a sharp knife.

Step 1. Biscuit dough cut for sausages.

Step 2. Condiments being added to the biscuit dough.

Step 2. Condiments being added to the biscuit dough.

Step 3. Biscuit dough is wrapped around the sausages.

Step 3. Biscuit dough is wrapped around the sausages.

Step 4. Sausages wrapped and on a greased pan ready to go into the oven.

Step 4. Sausages wrapped and on a greased pan ready to go into the oven.

Because biscuits are quick, these pigs are quick. That is especially so if you are using a mix.  You can use our just-add-water biscuit mix  or our New England Cheddar Biscuit Mix works great.

You can also use a scratch recipe. For these pigs in a blanket, we used our classic butter-based biscuit recipe and hot dogs to make these pigs in a blanket.

Ingredients
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons cold butter cut in pieces
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
hot dogs or sausages
Whipped mustard or other spreads
cheddar cheese (optional)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in the butter until the mixture forms coarse pieces.
  3. Add buttermilk and stir the mixture with a fork until most of the dry ingredients have been moistened. Turn the ingredients onto the counter and knead and fold until the dough is formed. Do not knead longer than necessary.
  4. Roll or pat the dough to about 1/4-inch thickness and cut into a circle with a biscuit cutter for small sausages or into oblong or rectangular pieces for hot dogs. (The tendency is to roll the dough too thick. Remember that the dough will double in thickness when baked.)
  5. Spread mustard or another condiment on the dough. Do not spread mustard where the two edges will overlap. My favorite is the Elki Maple Bacon Whipped Mustard Spread.
  6. Place a hot dog or sausage on each. For hot dogs, slice the dogs lengthwise about half-way through the dog. Place mustard or a cheese stick in the opened dog.
  7. Fold the dough around the dog or sausage. Place the biscuits on a greased baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 9 minutes or until the tops are just golden brown and biscuits sound hollow when gently tapped. Serve warm.

Easy Dinner Ideas Using Biscuit Dough for the Blanket

It's easy to fancy-up your biscuit dough:

  • Cut cheddar cheese into 1/4-inch cubes and fold them into the biscuit dough.
  • Cook bacon until it is crisp and fold that into your biscuit dough.
  • Add dried, chopped chives.

To make your blanketed pigs a full meal, try biscuit-wrapped brats with corn on the cob, frozen peas, and a sliced tomato.

Or how about an Italian Herb Pizza-dough-wrapped hot dog with a slice of cheese in the middle, accompanied by potato salad, corn on the cob, and fresh grapes.

by Dennis Weaver

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