Pigs in a blanket has now becomes a general term for sausage wrapped in just about anything – puff pastry, bacon, pancakes, cabbage…..
In UK – when you ask for Pigs in a blanket, you will get Chipolata wrapped in bacon. These are considered as a traditional part of the Christmas meal with roast dinners in that part of the world. Wikipedia tells me that they are also known as worstenbroodjes or saucijzenbroodjes (dutch), kilted sausages (UK), pølsehorn (danish).
In America however, most places when you ask for Pigs in a blanket, they give you the traditional Sausage puff /roll i.e. hot dogs wrapped in Puff pastry. And if you go to iHop…they’ll give you sausage wrapped in pancakes and call it Pigs in a blanket.:-)
Anyway, I’ve always been addicted and totally love Sausage puffs /sausage rolls/hot dog rolls/pigs in a blanket….call it whatever you want. What’s in a name! So when I saw this post on Nisha from mykitchenantics… I knew I had to try it.
I made it once…twice…thrice…hmm…let’s just say it’s something now I make literally once a week! It makes its appearance on to the table for different reasons….it’s served with tea, soda or juices when guests come over , as an appetizer or starter, evening snack, the pre-schoolers school snack…sometimes it’s even dinner for the pre-schooler and me! And we love it! Though many a times…he acts smart and eats only the sausage, but still.
It’s so easy to make and an instant hit with everyone who eats it.
- Puff pastry sheet – 8 squares (I use the ready-made already rolled and cut into squares – Jusrol or Sunbulah)
- Sausages – 4 big ones, halved or 8 small ones.
- Egg white – 1, (for wash)
- Ketchup- to serve
Pre-heat the oven to 220C.
Place the sausage on each pastry and roll/ fold over and seal the edges lightly with your hand. If it doesn’t stick, brush the beaten egg and stick it. Repeat with all the sausages.
Put them on a baking sheet lined with baking paper and slightly brush each pastry with the egg wash, using a pastry brush. This gives it a golden color.
Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes till the pastry is cooked and you get a nice golden brown on top.
Serve with Ketchup and Enjoy!
- If I’m using uncooked sausages, I just quickly boil them in a little water for about 5 minutes ( I know they’ll get cooked when you bake them, but I still boil it… Blame it on my OCD!). Else if they are pre-cooked, they are placed directly onto the pastry sheet.
- If you only have unrolled pastry dough. Then roll it, divide into 2 and store away the other half in the refrigerator/freezer. The half that you plan to work on, cut into about 8 squares/rectangles. Easiest use rolled and cut into squares already ones. Make life easier! 🙂
- You can use one large sausage and cut the pastry sheets accordingly too so that you have big sausage puffs…but the small ones cook faster, and are more cute and attract the kids faster.