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You need just 3 ingredients and 20 minutes to make one of the best party snack ideas, Pigs in a Blanket. This easy appetizer recipe is pure, blissful comfort food that will transport you back to childhood (and delight kids, too).

Easy pigs in a blanket on a white plate with a side of ketchup.

Next time you’re in need of a quick and easy appetizer idea, turn to Pigs in a Blanket. Cozy comfort food at its best, my 3-ingredient recipe can be party- or after school snack-ready in a mere 20 minutes. Yes, that includes the time it takes for the dough to bake to golden brown perfection.

Little hands will love to grab Pigs in a Blanket from the platter to snack on, and if they’re like me kids, they’ll also enjoy assembling this snack recipe as well.

Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step-by-step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Recipe FAQs
  6. Pigs in a Blanket Recipe

Recipe ingredients

A bowl of cocktail wieners and packages of crescent roll dough.

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Please see the recipe card below for specific quantities.

Ingredient notes

  • Crescent rolls: The pre-scored triangles you’ll find in the refrigerated tube version is the perfect size for this recipe; simply trim each into thirds to tuck nicely around each sausage bite. Refrigerated biscuit dough or puff pastry would also work well. If you’re feeling ambitious, whip up a batch of my 3-Ingredient Homemade Biscuits and slice thin wedges of the homemade dough to use instead.
  • Little Smokies: If you can’t locate Little Smokies or beef cocktail wieners at the supermarket, swap in regular hot dogs cut into fourths. (Alternatively, you can make it a meal using whole hot dogs wrapped in crescent dough. It turns out somewhat like a mash-up between a hot dog and a corn dog!)
  • Poppy seeds: These are an optional “blanket” topping. I personally adore the extra crunch they add to the golden brown cooked dough.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Unwrap one tube of crescent rolls and separate into triangles. Working with one triangle at a time, cut it into 3 sections with a sharp knife.
Crescent dough slices.
  1. Roll up each section around a Little Smokie and place the prepared baking sheet, seam-side down. Sprinkle with poppy seeds if desired.
Cocktail wieners and crescent dough.
  1. Repeat with remaining crescent rolls and Little Smokies.
Easy pigs in a blanket on a baking sheet.
  1. Bake until the crescent rolls are golden brown and puffy, about 10 to 15 minutes. Serve warm.
Easy pigs in a blanket on a white plate with a side of ketchup.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes 40 Pigs in a Blanket, ideal for sharing as part of your tailgate menu or at any potluck or party.
  • Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Recipe FAQs

How can I add even more flavor to Pigs in a Blanket?

Bacon: Cut uncooked bacon slices in half, then wrap a half slice around each sausage before covering with dough and baking according to Step 4 for a double dose of pork in a blanket.
Cheese: Cut slices of Cheddar cheese into four vertical strips, pop a piece of cheese on top of each sausage, then wrap with dough and proceed with baking as instructed below for cheesy pigs.
Spices: Instead of poppy seeds, you could also brush the tops of the uncooked yet assembled Pigs in a Blanket with an Egg Wash, then sprinkle with store-bought or Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix or store-bought or Homemade Everything Bagel Seasoning.

What do you recommend for dunking?

Serve Pigs in a blanket with ketchup, mustard, cheese sauce, and/or barbecue sauce.

I’m hosting a brunch gathering. Do you have any variations I could try for breakfast-style Pigs in a Blanket?

My family loves when I recreate this recipe with sausage links and pancake batter. Score some inspiration from one of my favorite podcasts, The Splendid Table if that sounds up your alley, too. Serve with maple syrup or Homemade Pancake Syrup, of course!

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Easy pigs in a blanket on a white plate with a side of ketchup.

Pigs in a Blanket

You need just 3 ingredients and 20 minutes to make one of the best party snack ideas, Pigs in a Blanket. This easy appetizer recipe is pure, blissful comfort food that will transport you back to childhood (and delight kids, too).
4.94 from 15 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 40 pieces
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Calories 40

Ingredients 

  • 2 packages crescent rolls (see note 1)
  • 1 (16 ounce) package Little Smokies (see note 2)
  • poppy seeds for garnish, optional (see note 3)

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  • Unwrap one tube of crescent rolls and separate into triangles. Working with one triangle at a time, cut it into 3 sections with a sharp knife.
  • Roll up each section around a Little Smokie and place the prepared baking sheet, seam-side down. Sprinkle with poppy seeds if desired.
  • Repeat with remaining crescent rolls and Little Smokies. Bake until the crescent rolls are golden brown and puffy, about 10 to 15 minutes. Serve warm.

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Notes

  1. Crescent rolls: The pre-scored triangles you’ll find in the refrigerated tube version is the perfect size for this recipe; simply trim each into thirds to tuck nicely around each sausage bite. Refrigerated biscuit dough or puff pastry would also work well. If you’re feeling ambitious, whip up a batch of my Homemade Crescent Rolls to use instead.
  2. Little Smokies: If you can’t locate Little Smokies or beef cocktail wieners at the supermarket, swap in regular hot dogs cut into fourths. (Alternatively, you can make it a meal using whole hot dogs wrapped in crescent dough. It turns out somewhat like a mash-up between a hot dog and a corn dog!)
  3. Poppy seeds: These are an optional “blanket” topping. I personally adore the extra crunch they add to the golden brown cooked dough.
  4. Yield: This recipe makes 40 Pigs in a Blanket, ideal for sharing as part of your tailgate menu or at any potluck or party.
  5. Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 40kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 89mgSugar: 1gIron: 1mg
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  1. Good, but I prefer biscuit dough to the universal poppin’ biscuit taste. These are good to make a bunch with Little Smokies, then freeze individually and bag for quick breakfasts. Toss 3 or 4 frozen in the microwave for a few seconds. I’ve also used the local butcher’s homemade breakfast sausages.5 stars

    1. Hi Kathy, I haven’t tried it myself but if I were, I would only prepare them an hour or two before baking, wrapping in plastic wrap, then refrigerating until baking. Something may go awry if the crescent roll dough sits in the frrige too long. If I were to freeze them, I would bake first then freeze once cooled. Hope this helps! – Meggan

  2. These are the perfect thing to take to a “finger food” party. Thanks for figuring out the perfect roll to lil smoky ratio!5 stars