The Perfect Finger Food: How to Elevate Your Appetizer Game with Everything Bagel Pigs in a Blanket
Are you tired of serving the same old boring appetizers at your parties? Well, it’s time to take your appetizer game to the next level with a twist on a classic favorite – Everything Bagel Pigs in a Blanket. These bite-sized delights are the perfect finger food to impress your guests and leave them craving for more.
Imagine the heavenly combination of savory mini sausages wrapped in a light and fluffy dough, sprinkled with the irresistible flavors of an everything bagel. The crispy, sesame seed and garlic crust, paired with the juicy sausage inside, creates an explosion of flavors with every bite. It’s a party in your mouth!
Not only are these Pigs in a Blanket delicious, they are also incredibly easy to make. With just a few simple ingredients and minimal prep time, you can whip up a batch of these crowd-pleasing appetizers in no time.
So why settle for plain old pigs in a blanket when you can elevate your appetizer game with the indulgent flavors of an everything bagel? Get ready to impress your guests and get their taste buds dancing with these delightful bites.
The popularity of Everything Bagel Seasoning
Originating from the iconic New York City staple, the “everything bagel,” this savory blend has become a beloved addition to countless dishes worldwide. And not to mention a favorite in my home that I find new uses for whenever possible. It is easily found in the seasoning section of your local grocery store.
Everything bagel seasoning was born out of an enduring love for New York-style bagels. Comprising sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried garlic flakes, dried onion flakes, and coarse salt, this combination was initially sprinkled on fresh-baked round dough delights. The distinct flavor profile struck a chord with locals and soon became an integral part of their breakfast routine.
What makes everything bagel seasoning truly special is its versatility in enhancing various dishes. Its flavorful blend adds depth and complexity when used as a topping on roasted vegetables or grilled meats. Sprinkling it onto avocado toast or scrambled eggs can elevate these simple breakfast staples into gourmet creations bursting with flavors.
The appeal of pigs in a blanket as a classic appetizer
Pigs in a blanket evokes fond memories of childhood comfort food – they are reminiscent of casual family get-togethers or cozy evenings spent with loved ones. The simplicity and nostalgia associated with this appetizer make it an instant crowd-pleaser at any event.
One of the reasons behind the enduring popularity of pigs in a blanket is their versatility. Whether served as finger food at formal events or enjoyed during game nights at home, these bite-sized treats effortlessly fit into any occasion.
They can be customized by choosing different types of sausages (such as beef, chicken, or vegetarian). My go to is Little Smokies Sausages. They come in a few flavors my favorite being the cheese flavored. When it comes to making the crust you can experiment with various dough options like puff pastry or crescent roll dough.
This pigs in a blanket recipe is the perfect finger food when you are planning appetizers for your next movie night, game night, or family get together. If you want to learn how to make pigs in a blanket then keep on reading.
Ingredients needed to make these savory pigs in a blanket
These crescent roll piggies in a blanket are extremely easy to make. For this recipe I have chosen the following ingredients, however feel free to customize this recipe to your tastes.
- 1 Can Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (each crescent roll will be cut into a few triangles)
- 1 Package of Little Smokies Sausages (you can substitute with hot dogs just cut them into bite sized pieces.)
- 1 Container of Everything Bagel Seasoning I love the one from Trader Joes
- 3 Tablespoons Butter melted
A step-by-step guide to making Everything Bagel Pigs in a Blanket
Here are the steps that I took to make this pigs in a blanket recipe.
Step 1: Preheat the oven and prepare your ingredients
Start by preheating your oven to the temperature indicated on the crescent roll dough package. I like to line a baking sheet with parchment paper to help keep the pigs in a blanket from sticking to the sheet. While the oven heats up, open the can of crescent roll dough and separate it into individual triangles. If using hot dogs instead of little smokie sausages, cut them into bite-sized pieces.
Step 2: Roll out the dough triangles
Take one triangle of crescent roll dough and place it on a flat surface. Gently stretch and flatten it slightly using your hands or a rolling pin. You want it thin enough to wrap around the little smokies but not so thin that it tears easily. Cut each triangle into a few smaller triangles.
Step 3: Wrap the sausages
Place little smokie or hot dog piece at the wider end of each crescent roll. Roll up the little smokies and crescent rolls tightly from bottom to top, tucking in any loose ends as you go along. Repeat this process for all sausages and place them onto the baking sheet.
Step 4: Add melted butter and everything bagel seasoning
Using a pastry brush or simply your fingers, brush some melted butter over each flattened triangle of dough. Sprinkle about half a teaspoon of everything bagel seasoning evenly across each piece.
Step 5: Bake to Perfection
Arrange the wrapped sausages on a baking sheet, leaving some space between each one. Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake according to the crescent roll dough package instructions or until golden brown. This usually takes around 10-12 minutes, but keep an eye on them to avoid overcooking.
Remove the pigs in a blanket and allow them to cool for a few minutes prior to serving with your favorite dipping sauce.
Variations and additions to customize your Everything Bagel Pigs in a Blanket
One option that will surely elevate your taste buds is customizing your Everything Bagel Pigs in a Blanket. Here are some variations and additions to try:
Cream Cheese Filling: Before rolling up your mini sausages in the dough, spread a thin layer of cream cheese on each strip. This addition will bring extra creaminess and tanginess to complement the savory sausage.
Bacon-Wrapped: Take your pigs in a blanket game up another notch by wrapping each sausage with bacon before encasing them in the dough. The smoky and crispy bacon will add an incredible flavor dimension.
Cheddar-Stuffed: For cheese lovers, insert small cubes or shredded cheddar cheese into each sausage before wrapping them with dough. When baked, the cheese will melt creating gooey pockets of deliciousness.
Onion Crunch Topping: In addition to the everything bagel seasoning blend typically used for coating, sprinkle some crispy fried onions on top just before baking. The added crunch and oniony taste will elevate these bites even further.
Jalapeno Kick: If you enjoy some heat, finely chop pickled jalapenos or add slices inside each pig in a blanket before baking. This fiery addition will give your snack an exciting kick that balances perfectly with the other flavors.
Serving suggestions and accompaniments for Everything Bagel Pigs in a Blanket
When it comes to serving suggestions and accompaniments for Everything Bagel Pigs in a Blanket, there are plenty of delicious options to elevate your snack game. Whether you’re hosting a party or simply looking for a tasty treat, these ideas will surely enhance the flavors and presentation of this classic dish.
Cream Cheese Dip: Since everything bagels often pair perfectly with cream cheese, why not create a creamy dip to serve alongside your pigs in a blanket? Mix softened cream cheese with chopped scallions, minced garlic, and a dash of lemon juice. Sprinkle some extra everything bagel seasoning on top for an added burst of flavor.
Mustard Sauce: Another popular condiment that complements pigs in a blanket is mustard. Choose your favorite type – be it Dijon, honey mustard, or spicy brown – and provide small bowls for dipping. The tanginess of mustard beautifully balances the richness of the wrapped sausages.
Tomato Relish: Add some freshness to your spread by preparing a quick tomato relish. Combine diced tomatoes, finely chopped red onion, minced garlic cloves, fresh basil leaves (chopped), olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Allow the flavors to meld together before serving as a zesty accompaniment.
Sweet Chili Sauce: For those who prefer their snacks with a touch of sweetness and heat, consider offering sweet chili sauce as an alternative dip. Its combination of sugar and spice will add an exciting twist to each bite.
Everything Bagel Pigs In A Blanket
- 1 Baking Sheet
- 1 Parchment Paper
- 1 Can Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
- 1 Package of Little Smokies Sausages
- 1 Container of Everything Bagel Seasoning
- 3 Tablespoons Butter melted
- Start by preheating your oven to the temperature indicated on the crescent roll dough package. I like to line a baking sheet with parchment paper to help keep the pigs in a blanket from sticking to the sheet. While the oven heats up, open the can of crescent roll dough and separate it into individual triangles. If using hot dogs instead of cocktail sausages, cut them into bite-sized pieces.
- Take one triangle of crescent roll dough and place it on a flat surface. Gently stretch and flatten it slightly using your hands or a rolling pin. You want it thin enough to wrap around the sausage but not so thin that it tears easily. Cut each triangle into a few smaller triangles.
- Place one sausage or hot dog piece at the wider end of each seasoned triangle. Roll up tightly from bottom to top, tucking in any loose ends as you go along. Repeat this process for all sausages and place them onto the baking sheet.
- Using a pastry brush or simply your fingers, brush some melted butter over each flattened triangle of dough. Sprinkle about half a teaspoon of everything bagel seasoning evenly across each piece.
- Arrange the wrapped sausages on a baking sheet, leaving some space between each one. Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake according to the crescent roll dough package instructions or until golden brown. This usually takes around 10-12 minutes, but keep an eye on them to avoid overcooking.