Look at these cute little cocktail sausages wrapped in bits of golden puff pastry… These pigs in a blanket are a highly popular appetizer here in our family!
I love the name of these cute little appetizers: pigs in a blanket!
Have you ever heard of them before?
You can also find these little appetizer bites under the name of mini crescent dogs. In the UK however these pigs in blankets are often bacon wrapped sausages. Sausages in pastry are called sausages rolls over there.
The very first time that I came across these delicious treats, I have to admit that I found their name was quite hilarious. I don’t make these piggies very often actually. I should however because they are soooo super easy and quick to make!
And a very popular finger food!
Now that I come to think of it, in a few weeks time I am going to a family reunion.
And I’m actually in charge of appetizers and nibbles. So I could make these piggies and prepare a simple mayo and ketchup dipping sauce.
How about I make them on the spot at my mom’s and ask my nieces and nephews if they want to give me a hand? They would definitely love that because they all love cocktail sausages. But I will have to buy an extra portion.
Because I suspect that a couple of sausages might not see the inside of the oven!
But that’s collateral damage in this case I guess.
Pigs in a Blanket with Russian Sauce
Kids will love these pigs in a blanket appetizers.
And I mean both making and eating them. Canned cocktail sausages and puff pastry, what could possibly go wrong?
You can serve these pastry bites with a dipping sauce of your choice. For my recipe below I made a simple Russian sauce. The ingredients are very simple: mayo, ketchup, worcester sauce and lemon juice. Some even add vodka but I had none in my pantry.
Do you call this sauce Russian sauce as well?
Because in Belgium we mainly call it cocktail sauce. It’s a popular mayo and ketchup dip. And it’s the exact same sauce that you serve with a classic prawn cocktail as well for starters.
Do you love these cute little puff pastry pigs in a blanket bites?
Then also check my mini ham and cheese crescents! Yet another easy puff pastry appetizer that you can easily make with kids!
Pigs in a Blanket Recipe
- 20 canned mini cocktail sausages
- 1 large sheet puff pastry ready rolled
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds black and white
Drain the cocktail sausages. Place the puff pastry on a clean surface and then cut it into the shape you want. You can make long triangles...
Place a sausage on top and roll it up so you get a croissant like mini sausage roll.
- Or cut the pastry in thin ribbons...
- Place a sausage on it and then again roll it up nicely until the sausage is covered evenly.
- You can also keep it simple and cut the puff pastry into rectangles...
- And then wrap the sausages in it. Classic.
- Or you just make a mix like I did! If the puff pastry becomes a little too soft to work with, put it in the fridge for 5 minutes and then go on assembling your piggies. Once all of the mini cocktail sausages are coated in the pastry, place them on a baking tray lined with a sheet of baking paper. Beat the egg yolk with a little drop of water and use this egg wash to brush the piggies with. Do this with a soft brush.
- Then sprinkle them with the sesame seeds.
- Bake the piggies in a preheated oven at 400°F (200°C) for about 20 to 25 minutes or until the pastry is cooked and the sausage rolls are nicely golden on top. Then remove them from the hot oven and let them cool a little. Place them on a serving plate together with the dipping sauce of your choice. Serve the piggies lukewarm.
Puff Pastry Appetizers
Appetizers, we love them!
Apart from these cute little pigs in a blanket, what other popular puff pastry appetizers do you often serve?
The very first one that comes to my mind are puff pastry palmiers. Or those little butterfly shaped twists that can contain a variety of stuffings. Take a look for instance at my green olive palmiers! It is a very easy recipe to make. You can put just about anything on it before you roll the dough up.
Chopped up sun dried tomatoes for instance. Or caramelized onions and cheese. And basil pesto. I have even seen them before with bacon and smoked salmon!
You can also make cheese sticks. Slice the puff pastry into strips, sprinkle them with grated cheese and then twist the pastry strips. Bake them off to get a bread stick like appetizer.
But I guess that the most popular puff pastry appetizer must be mini vol au vents. Tiny puff pastry cups with a stuffing of chicken or crab meat or prawns in a creamy sauce. You can also stuff them with whatever you like. I bet that you must have heard of them before!