I haven’t been able to pinpoint the exact reason, but there’s something about foods in miniature that my boys just love. It’s like they just exude ‘fun’. Anything mini I put in front of them gets eaten with gusto, and gets raved about afterwards, even when it’s larger counterparts don’t. They like fun finger foods, and I love easy. Pigs in a blanket are a match made in heaven for us. Typically, my boys request these for parties, but I also will make them for special snack supper nights. They love eating them for lunch as well, since I use homemade crescent dough and usually have enough leftover to make crescents to go with dinner too.
Pigs In A Blanket
- 1 package lil smokies
- 2 cans crescent rolls, or 1 batch homemade crescent rolls
Homemade Crescent Dough
- 2 (1/4 oz) packets active dry yeast
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup shortening, or butter
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
Making Crescent Dough
- Dissolve yeast in warm water.
- Stir in sugar, salt, eggs, shortening, and 2 cups of flour. Beat until smooth.
- Mix in remaining flour until smooth. Scrape dough from the sides of the bowl.
- Knead dough, then cover, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size (about 1-1/2 hours).
- Punch down dough and divide in half.
- Roll each half into a 12-inch circle and spread with butter.
- At this point you can cut the dough into 16 wedges, or tear strips to wrap the sausages with. Strips are a little easier to work with for the tiny weiners.
- Use your crescents, either homemade or canned, and wrap your sausages.
- Place your ‘pigs in blankets’ with the point, or end, down onto a greased baking sheet.
- If using homemade dough, cover and let rise about 45 minutes. Canned crescents need no rise time.
- For canned crescents bake according to package directions, for homemade, bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
- Let cool slightly and serve.
If you’re just interested in making the homemade crescent rolls. Cut the dough into 16 wedges, as suggested above. Roll your wedges up, and place them point down onto a greased baking sheet. Let them rise for about 45 minutes, then bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.