Make-Ahead Cheesy Pigs in a Blanket

Well it’s finally the day! The day I have been waiting for since last November…Ohio State Football is set to kickoff in only a few hours! :D Andrew and I are huge Ohio State fans. You know the kind of people who deck out in their Ohio State gear every game, wear buckeye beads, even put jerseys on our little dogs. Yep, that’s us…don’t judge! ;) I only wish we lived closer to Columbus, Ohio so I could feel the energy that I am sure is streaming through the streets right now! Unfortunately, since we live about seven hours away, we have to have our own tailgate right here! I figured I would start the season off right with some football appetizers that adults and kids alike will enjoy-Pigs In a Blanket!  These are not any old pigs in a blanket though, this recipe uses a homemade cream biscuit dough to encase the hot dogs. No more of that refrigerated crescent roll dough! These babies are homemade and so fast and easy to throw together! And want to hear one of the best parts? You can make these ahead of time, pop them in your freezer and just bake a few at a time as you need them! Super easy and super delicious! If you missed my College Football Bites Roundup yesterday, check it out HERE. There are tons of football approved treats! Oh yeah…and GO BUCKS! :D

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Make-Ahead Cheesy Pigs in a Blanket

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Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable shortening, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 6 hot dogs

Directions:

  1. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, pulse to combine 2 cups flour, baking powder, salt and cayenne pepper. Add shortening and pulse butter into flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs , about six 1-second pulses. Transfer mixture to large bowl. Mix in cheese and cream and stir to bring the dough into a rough ball. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead 8-10 times, or until smooth.
  2. Roll the dough into a 15 by 10-inch rectangle. Brush the dough all over with the beaten egg. Cut the rectangle into six 5-inch squares (cut in thirds the long way, and half on the short side). Add the remaining 1/4 cup of flour to a shallow dish. Pat the hot dogs dry with paper towels then dredge them in the flour, shaking off any excess. Working with one hot dog at a time, place it in the center of one of the squares, then roll the dough around the hot dog, pinching at the seam to close. Cut each dough-covered hot dog into 4 pieces and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with all hot dogs until you’ve used all the dough.
  3. Place the baking sheet in the freezer and let the pigs in a blanket get firm – this will take about 30 minutes. At this point, you can either proceed to bake them or transfer them to a resealable plastic bag and freeze for up to 1 month.
  4. To bake: preheat oven to 425 F. Bake the pigs in a blanket for 20-25 minutes, or until the biscuits are golden brown and fairly firm to the touch. Let cool slightly before serving.

Yields: 24 pigs in a blanket

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 25 minutes

Source: Tracey’s Culinary Adventures, originally from The Best of America’s Test Kitchen 2012

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14 Responses to Make-Ahead Cheesy Pigs in a Blanket

  1. These would be great for a football game day!!! I am sure all my OU Sooner friends would love these. Thanks for sharing this recipe…..

  2. Amy J says:

    Mmmm…these look yummy! I’ll be making these in the fall time! I eat gluten free (so my family does a lot of times too) so I’m going to try making them GF because I wouldn’t want to miss out on these… Thanks for sharing!

  3. I think I can cheer for Ohio State so we’re not competitors and I don’t have a “home team” down there, lol! Go Ohio State and Go Dinos! You know it’s fall when football starts. I’m definitely going to try these, my son would go crazy for them!!

  4. Karen says:

    Pigs in a blanket and football kind of go together. No telling how many of these my husband could eat.

  5. Christin says:

    They look delicious! I’m sure the cheese and cream makes a really tasty dough.

  6. ChgoJohn says:

    These look so good that they’re dangerous, Christina. I can imagine eating a platter of them without so much as batting an eye.

  7. ashley says:

    I actually sorta dread football season, but I LOVE the food that comes along with it!

  8. Looks great Christina. Unfortunately I don’t eat pork otherwise worth trying it.

  9. GOOOOOOO BUCKS!!!
    I’d party with these cheesy pigs any day!!

  10. Yummy. What a cute little snack!

  11. Sally says:

    SO happy football season is here!! I’m not a huge fan of any particular team… I know… such a bad fan…. but I just love going to games, watching them on the tube, hanging out, beers, food, PIGS IN A BLANKET, and good friends and family. Nothing can beat it! These look so easy, Christina! I’ve never made my own before. LOVE LOVE LOVE the added cheese!!

  12. colleen says:

    These look awesome. Can’t wait to try them out for game day!

  13. I like that you didn’t use readymade crescent dough. This would be such a big hit at my house! :)

  14. Oh yum!!! These look delicious!

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