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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Parmesan Crusted Pigs in a Blanket


I know what you're thinking.  Pigs in a blanket are so yesterday.  Well, you know, what goes around comes around and pigs in a blanket are back again.   Really, they never left.  Everyone loves pigs in a blanket and always has.  Go ahead and serve them at your next party.  You'll see them fly off the plate.

Pigs-in-a-Blanket with Puff Party and Parmesan Cheese


Pigs-in-a-blanket served with honey mustard
Parmesan Crusted Pigs in a Blanket
These kicked up, Parmesan crusted, pigs in a blanket were inspired by a frozen, prepared version I purchased at the grocery store.  They were a specialty item being offered during the holidays and I bought a box of twelve to try them out.  They were good, but a little greasy.  I was sure I could make them better and for less money. The store brand cost approximately $0.42 each.  My version cost me about $0.24 each.
Parmesan crusted pigs-in-a-blanket.

You can prepare these pigs in a blanket in advance and freeze them so they'll be ready whenever you need a quick go to appetizer.  Just brush them with a little egg wash and sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on each before you pop them in the oven. Don't forget the honey mustard sauce.  You can make your own or use a prepared honey mustard sauce you like.

Pigs-in-a blanket made with puff pastry.
Pigs-in-a-Blanket Ready to Bake
Parmesan Crusted Pigs in a Blanket
Print Recipe
Makes 32 appetizers
  • 1 package little smokies sausages
  • 1 package frozen puff pastry, 2 sheets
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup grated, Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Prepare your baking sheets with a sheet of parchment paper to fit. Defrost the puff pastry according to the package directions.  While the puff pastry is thawing, drain the little smokies sausages in a colander. You want the sausages to be dry.

Once the puff pastry is thawed,  working with one piece of dough at a time, roll the pastry sheet out using a rolling pin until the pastry is approximately square in shape.  Cut the pastry sheet into 16 pieces.  Lay a sausage in the center of each piece.  Pull up two opposite corners and pinch them together.  Place the pigs in a blanket on the baking sheet about 2 inches apart. (They can be closer together if you plan to freeze now and bake later.)

Easy preparation for pigs-in-a-blanket.
Preparing Pigs in a Blanket

Beat the egg with two teaspoons of water.  Brush the egg wash over each pig in a blanket.  Sprinkle generously with grated Parmesan cheese.  Place the pan on the center rack of your preheated oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until crisp and golden brown.  Cool slightly.  Serve with honey mustard sauce.

To make the honey mustard sauce:  Mix 1/2 cup of Dijon mustard with two generous tablespoons of honey. Taste and add more honey if desired.

Honey mustard sauce takes these Parmesan pigs-in-a-blanket from good to great.
Pigs in a Blanket


To freeze and serve later:  Do not add the egg wash and Parmesan cheese.  Freeze the pigs in a blanket on the baking sheet for several hours and then transfer to a plastic freezer bag.  When ready to bake, place the pigs in a blanket on a parchment lined baking sheet. Brush with the egg wash and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.  Bake as directed.


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11 comments:

  1. I agree -- did these ever go out of style? I love them!

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    1. It seems like we went through a phase where appetizers needed to be constructed works of art to be cool. It's been a long time since pigs in a blanket were served at any party I was at. I'm bringing them back!

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  2. I haven't had these in awhile! Liking the Parmesan addition. Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Sharing on Twitter! Have a great week!
    Kim

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    1. I know, Kim. They seem "Old Hat", but the Parmesan really snazzes them up! Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. OMG this looks delicious! I'm trying it this weekend! Thanks so much for sharing at Merry Monday!

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  4. Thanks for the visit and the comment, Lindsay. I hope you enjoy the pigs in a blanket. My family loves them.

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  5. OHHHHH, puff pastry Parmesan pigs! Yum! Yep, we always have pigs, and that plate is the first one emptied. Can't wait to try your version!
    Jenna

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    1. Hi Jenna. These are very tasty pigs! I hope you love them as much as I do.

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  6. My husband and I LOVE pigs in a blanket! We had them at our wedding! I have never thought to add cheese though! I might have to try that next time! Thanks for linking up with us at Blogger's Spotlight and please come back next week!

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    1. Hi, Carrie. Thanks for your comment. You should try the cheese on your pigs in a blanket. So yummy!

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  7. These look tasty! Thanks for sharing at #DIDI

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