Perfect for parties! This Pigs in a Blanket Wreath is easy to make and a hit with everyone. Great for everything from holidays to game day!
Why We Love Crescent Roll Pigs in a Blanket
- Pigs in a blanket are just the best little finger food around. Tiny sausages wrapped in crescent rolls are party favorite, and I aim to please.
- This is a SUPER easy recipe. I usually let our kids help me assemble everything. This appetizer is a great way to get them used to the kitchen.
- This wreath isn’t just for the holidays. You can skip the rosemary and tomatoes “festive” vibes and just plop a bowl of dip in the middle for game day, parties, or weeknight munchie dinners.
- You can assemble the wreath ahead of time and bake it when you’re ready. This is really helpful when you’re entertaining.
Ingredients You’ll Need to Make Little Smokies Pigs in a Blanket
SAUSAGES: I’m using little smokies before I like the flavor. If you prefer Vienna sausages or hot dogs cut up, you go right head. Oh! The cheddar little smokies are great in this recipe too.
DOUGH: We’re using crescent roll dough to wrap these little guys up. I find it easier to use the perforated sheets (even though this adds a step) than the whole sheets. It helps me cut the dough up more evenly.
TOPPINGS: We are going to egg wash the top of the wreath to get a shiny golden brown. I like to add some poppy seeds on top, but sesame seeds and everything bagel seasoning work well too. You can also leave them plain… my kids are those picky eaters, so I get it.
How to Make Pigs in a BlanketJump to Recipe
STEP 1 Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Unroll the crescent roll dough onto a flat work surface. Divide the dough into the perforated rectangles, there should be 8 of them. Then pinch the diagonal seam closed with your fingers on both sides.
STEP 2 Cut each rectangle in half to make two squares, and then cut each square diagonally. You should have 32 little triangles when you’re done.
STEP 3 Place a sausage onto the point end of a dough rectangle and them roll it up until you reach the other end. Repeat this until all the dough triangles have been used. (You’ll have some extra sausages.)
STEP 4 Arrange the pigs in a blanket on the prepared baking sheet in a wreath pattern. I make the inside circles first and then place the outer circle to fill in the gaps. The dough will rise and spread as it bakes.
STEP 5 Brush the top of the wreath with egg wash and sprinkle on some poppy seeds. Bake fore 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
STEP 6 Remove then pan form the oven, and use the parchment paper to transfer the wreath to a serving platter. Add cherry tomatoes and rosemary sprigs for garnish and place a bowl of dipping sauce in the center or the wreath.
Tips & Tricks
- Make sure the pigs in a blanket are touching a bit when you arrange them on the baking sheet. This will help the wreath stay connected when you slide it onto your serving platter.
- Serve up this yummy finger food with your favorite dipping sauces. My kids like ketchup, but BBQ sauce and honey mustard are great options too.
- If you prefer, you can use biscuit dough instead of crescent roll dough. I use the cheap canned biscuits and then pull them apart into two layers so they’re not too thick. Then just pinch the biscuit dough around the smokies.
- Want to make this same recipe for another event? Shape the pigs in a blanket into a football before baking for game day, into a star for the 4th of July, or into a pumpkin for Halloween. Then change up the garnish to fit the occasion.
Pigs in a Blanket Recipe FAQ
What is the original pigs in a blanket?
The OG pigs in a blanket were meat wrapped in some dough for a quick meal on the go. These days, there are some variations.
In the US, pigs in a blanket are sausages wrapped in dough and then baked. You can even make a slit in the sausage and add some cheese before wrapping it. I did this all the time as a kid.
My new favorite though? Little sausage wrapped in bacon (yum, right?!) served as part of Christmas dinner in the UK.
Are pigs in a blanket the same as hot dogs?
Not really. Pigs in a blanket are hot dogs or little smokies/cocktail sausages wrapped in dough and then baked. Where hot dogs are served on a pre-baked bun.
How long to cook pigs in a blanket?
In the oven, you’ll cook them for about 20 minutes at 375 degrees F. I start to check them around the 15 minutes mark since ovens can vary.
In the air fryer, you’d want to make two smaller wreaths (since a big one won’t fit). Then cook the wreath on parchment paper for 6-8 minutes until golden brown. Use the parchment paper to carefully lift the wreath out.
Other Recipes You May like
- Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
- Mississippi Sin Dip
- Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapper Little Smokies
- Ham and Cheese Roll Ups
- Buffalo Chicken Dip
Pigs in a Blanket Wreath
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
- Unroll the crescent roll dough on a clean work surface. Pinch the seams in the dough together so they're sealed shut. (see note) You should have 8 rectangles total.
- Cut the dough rectangles in half so you have 2 1/2-inch squares (16 total), and then cut each square diagonally to create 2 triangles (30 total).
- Place 1 sausage on the corner of a dough triangle. Roll the sausage up in the dough until you reach the flat end of the triangle. Repeat with the remaining dough and sausages.
- Arrange some of the covered sausages in a circular pattern on the parchment paper and then stagger the remaining sausages to create a wreath. You want them touching a bit so the wreath shape holds when you transfer it from the pan to the serving plate. (see note)
- In a small bowl, beat the egg with a splash of water. Use a pastry brush to brush the egg wash over the dough. Sprinkle the poppy seeds all over the wreath.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until the pigs in a blanket are golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and transfer from the baking sheet to a cutting board or platter. (You can leave the wrath on the parchment paper if you want.) Place rosemary sprigs and cherry tomatoes around the wreath for garnish. Add a bowl small bowl of your favorite dipping sauce and you're ready to serve!
- This recipe makes 32 pigs in a blanket – based on how the crescent roll dough is cut. There are usually around 40 smokies in a package, so you’ll have extras.
- If it’s available, canned refrigerated crescent roll dough sheets work great for this recipe too.
- You can arrange the pigs in a blanket in other shapes to your liking. A staggered diamond or circle shape is nice for an everyday option, a football shape for game day parties, and a tree shape is nice for Christmas parties too.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.