Sunday, December 22, 2019

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 have.  Go ahead and serve them at your next party. They are perfect for a holiday party or a Superbowl party or a backyard barbecue.  You'll see them fly off the plate.

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

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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.  The grocery store frozen pigs-in-a-blanket were a holiday specialty item 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.  The sauce makes these appetizers pop in your mouth. 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
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.)

When freezing for later, place your baking sheet in the freezer until your pigs-in-a-blanket are frozen.  Then place them in a freezer-safe bag for storage.  When baking from frozen just pick up from here in the directions.  Your pigs-in-a-blanket may need to bake a minute or two longer.

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

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